What can I say? At the risk of sounding over-dramatic, I must tell you all that this was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had.
The service was great, and the food was superb. The dining room is somewhat classier than I'm used to as a middle class guy, but I was still totally comfortable. Many other folks were wearing jeans and sweatshirts, and didn't look out of place. A wide range of visitors, as I saw family minivans parked next to cars that cost more than my house.
The menu has a huge selection of fresh seafood only availible in larger metro areas like this. I understand this is a chain with a location in Philly. They print out a new paper menu each day. While I'm more into beer, the wine list is huge - with wines from almost anywhere. Nothing from South America though.
First, we had Crab Rangoons with Sweet and Spicy Cashew Dipping Sauce. Let's just say I'll never bother to order this from our local Chinese delivery again. The rangoons were fully stuffed with crab and slightly crispy but tender. The sauce was just right for me, a smidge too spicy for my wife.
I had the Pan Seared Monkfish with Caramalized Banana Pesto. This was a fine way to enjoy was my first monkfish. At first it seemed like too much pesto, but it was mild enough not to overpower the moist and meaty fish.
My wife had Atlantic Salmon stuffed with Blue Crab, Bay Shrimp, and Brie Cheese. Holy cow, this was one of the best plates of food I've ever tasted. The salmon was sliced thin, but still quite moist, and the stuffing was a perfect mixture of seafood and cheese. It all matched nicely, and melted in your mouth.
Desert was fine, but couldn't compare to dinner. My wife had the chocolate bag, filled with berry's and cream - big enough for 3 to share. I had the upside down apple pie, which tasted a lot like apple crisp. Quite good, but I'm partial to my wife's apple pie.
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