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Bonefish Grill (Newington) - brunch

westie | Apr 7, 2015 04:13 AM

I am not a fan of chains, but dangle a coupon in front of me and I can occasionally be had, in this case it was on consecutive Sundays.

Part I

I found a $10 online coupon for Bonefish Grill and emailed the restaurant asking if it could be used for brunch. Affirmative my man came the response so to the turnpike we did travel on a recent Sunday. This was our first visit and, though we were duly impressed by the bar area, we chose to be seated in a booth in the expansive dining room. My wife chose the crème brulee French toast, not surprising given her penchant for both crème brulee and French toast. Meanwhile, my decision was far from a foregone conclusion - a Benedict, omelet or the French toast? Not wishing to cover the same culinary turf, I settled on the Oscar omelet - asparagus, smoked mozzarella, basil, and lemon butter that was topped by a small portion of lump crab meat and a side of potatoes au gratin that were slap ya momma good. Meanwhile, my companion on the other side of the table was feasting on her French toast that had been prepared using Grand Mariner and orange zest. Sharing the plate were whipped cream and strawberries as well as 2 slices of thick, crisp bacon. My entree fell somewhere between very good and excellent while the French toast expert felt hers was a life altering experience. Service throughout was both friendly and reasonably proficient. Will we be back next Sunday? As they used to say on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, you can bet your sweet bippy on it.

Part II

As promised, we returned on Easter Sunday while brandishing yet another $10 online coupon. We held advance reservations expecting a full house though, on entering, we realized none were required. Initially we were offered a booth adjacent to the bar area, but requested one offering better lighting (see photos). Our server, Jennifer, soon arrived at our table to take our drink orders with both of us initially requesting ice water. After perusing the menu, my wife decided to jump start the meal with a Bloody Mary which was kicked up Emeril style by the addition of horseradish - BAM! I opted to give my liver a break so I ordered the soup du jour, red pepper and tomato, that was quite good though the temperature was barely north of tepid.

Her choice of an entree was once again (not a surprise) crème brulee French toast, however, the plate included 3 slices of toast rather than the 2 received the week prior. Also, there was a noticeably larger helping of strawberries and whipped cream. The only negative note was the bread had not spent enough time bathing in the custard so the flavor notes were muted and texture less pudding-like. Over on my side of the table, my Western omelet's list of ingredients included turkey chorizo, cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, a dash of ranchero sauce and lime sour cream. It proved to be light and fluffy though the flavor profile was, IMHO, unbalanced, your flavor buds may disagree, principally due to the bold flavors provided by both the chorizo and lime sour cream. Though we were generally happy with both the service and food, I would probably not order the Western omelet again.

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