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Brigtsen's report

Amanda | Jan 7, 200608:10 AM

Ate at Brigtsen's last night. We've eaten there twice in the week or so since they reopened on the 29th.

I've had the 'Shell Beach' seafood platter both times, the first time I had the Duck and Andouille Gumbo as my starter and last night I tried a bowl of the Butternut Squash Bisque, which was fine, but the size of the order was perhaps a bit much and maybe should be ingested in smaler quanitities.

The gumbo was outstanding, dark and rich.

The bad news on the platters is that the fish filet seems to have shrunk a tad, but the platter may have had another item added. Last night the platter included a fried scallop (horrors! it was breaded!!) in a lime cilantro sauce, two baked oysters - one Rockerfeller, and one in a parmesian and spinach crust - a ramekin of a creamy crab mixture under a flavorful gratin. There was a shrimp topped bit of slaw on the side. And the fish filet was drum topped with a trio of shrimp.

Frank had the gumbo both times as his starter. On our first visit his entree was the duck with cornbread dressing, and, of course, last night he also ordered the seafood platter. His report on the duck was something on the order of wondering whether he should order one to take home.

Disappointingly, there's no Cornas or Gigondas or even a Cotes du Rhone Villages on the wine list. We hummed and hummed and settled for a bottle of Spanish Riojo.

Frank B. seems to be pretty close to where he dropped off.

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