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Harry's (Ocala)

andy huse | Jun 24, 200412:32 PM

I happened to dine at Harry's, a Nawlins-style restaurant in downtown Ocala.

appetizers proved uneven. the New O style shrimp were unremarkable at best, served in butter and black pepper, no spice, no BBQ. shrimp were cooked well but lacked flavor. The gumbo was quite good, on the other hand, even if it lacked abundant seafood. bread came with a pleasant herb butter.

i went against my instincts and ordered the jambalaya, which was abundant and bland. no attenpts to kick in with spices. the chicken and shrimp were bland, as if cooked on the side and thrown in as an afterthought. most disappointing was the use of kielbasa in lieu of andouille. andouille would have added soime semblance of NO to the dish. the dish wasn't awful, it just reminded me of what a nursing home mihght call jambalaya--- and at a cost of $14. my companion had a competant blackened tuna steak with steamed veggies. once again, not remarkable, but edible.

the best taste of the evening was a black and tan i quaffed in about two minutes.

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