I adore fried foods.In the hands of a skilled chef a cast iron kettle filled with hot peanut oil is a powerful tool in the kitchen.It's easy to get it wrong which is why so many people think of fried foods as being greasy or unhealthy.Nothing could be further from the truth.
The chef at Victory Grill gets the job done right.My Trout filets are perfect,hot and fresh.It's Sea Trout which is a common option on soul food menus across the South but out here in Texas I've found it to be rare.You'll either love it or hate it.It's like Whiting or Basa,in that it has a distinctive flavor,not fishy but rich and deep with ocean.
The Trout arrives in a basket heaped with French Fries and sided with two plump Fried Shrimp.A couple forlorn pieces of non toasted wheat bread complete the basket.Since everything is billed as hand breaded I also ask for an order of Onion Rings which hit the table fresh and blazing hot.They're crispy in a sweet batter that clings perfectly to the onion slices.The Fish is lightly battered and seasoned simply with little more than salt and pepper.
Service is poor.My maitress[male waitress]is enjoying hanging out with a table of friends and after taking my order is neither seen or heard from again.I don't care.When the food is good I'll suffer bad service gladly...but I would've killed for a slice of fresh lemon to brighten up all the fried goodness in front of me.
Ambience is great.The walls are covered with Chitlin circuit arcana speaking of the long history of the Victory Grill[Opened in 1943].You could spend a solid hour reading all the clippings posted on the walls.
The pricing is low.My entire meal is right at $8 and it is a hoss portion.While Victory Grill is not going to give Reggie a run for his money for knock it out of the park deliciousness, it is a viable option for Fried Fish and Southern style entrees[Oxtail,Chicken and Dumplings,Smothered Pork Chops].
1104 E. 11 St. Austin, TX 78702 PH: 512-902-5057