Okay kids, it's review time again. TSG eats at the area's finest (and some not so fine) establishments, so you don't have to. Today's installment comes from Fish City Grill on Preston and Royal (where the Borders book store is).
The place is small, but well kept and the staff are some of the most knowledgeable and polite I have ever encountered for a place in this mid-price casual range.
First, you have to try the gumbo (shrimp, chicken and sausage) and an unusually good seafood chowder with delicious, real crab meat. On one visit, I had the Tabasco Shrimp Pasta; moist shrimp (or you could have chicken) in red chile cream sauce and Tabasco-infused penne pasta. The dish was overly runny but once re-made, was perfect. On another, I tried blackened Salmon (an upgrade from Tilapia for $2) sandwich with remoulade, lettuce, tomato and onion served with waffle fries. The sandwich was a little dry, but nothing a side of remoulade couldn't fix. (For a better take on a similar idea, try the teriyaki salmon sandwich at Kathleen's Art Café on Lovers.)
For dessert, I (foolishly) tried the peach cobbler, which was peaches in a flour and brown sugar sauce, served with (too hard) vanilla ice cream. I guess the lesson is that if the main courses are this good, the desserts must suck.
Get there early as the place tends to get crowded and they don't take reservations; it's really not that kind of place. But the food is wonderful and it's nice to be served by someone who doesn't act like an AA Flight Attendant for a change!
Definately worth a visit.