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Hobo's Fish Joint (Deerfield Beach) Review (long)

zook | May 14, 200609:21 PM

Someone had posted an inquiry a few weeks ago asking if this Hobos (on Powerline Road) is the same as the one that used to be in Coral Springs. It is. The menu is almost identical to the one in Coral Springs although they've added a few more fish preparations than they had before and the prices are now a bit higher than they were before.

The facility is smaller than the Coral Springs location. There is just one room inside the restaurant with seating for approximately 60 people (relatively close together) with a few tables located outside in front of the restaurant and a few outside on the side. There is a long bar when you enter the restaurant; but if memory serves me correctly, this one is smaller than the one in Coral Springs. Thus, the restaurant is somewhat noisy when full.

For those that haven't been to the old Hobo's, you have a choice of several fresh fish selections that can be cooked in any number of ways that you select. There are approximately five preparations that are not an additional fee (the fish vary in price between $25-$35 each) and an additional charge of $5-$9 for other fancier types of fish preparations. They still have a long list of appetizers now mostly costing approximately $12-$15; however, due to the large portions of the main courses, our party of six passed on them tonight. At the old Hobo's, ordering serveral apps in lieu of a main course was not an unusual way to order. Each main course comes with a large salad, a large portion of a fresh veggie (yes, they still have those wonderful garlicky green beans) with a choice of pasta, mashed, crispy sweets, or rice on the side. All six of us who dined there tonight enjoyed their salads and entrees, ranging from branzini with a mediterranean presentation, plain grilled swordfish, sauteed swordfish, and snapper and salmon both with the honey mustard/leek topping. They have a large wine list that's reasonably priced. Some of their desserts are made on the premises; but the waiter couldn't identify which one's were in house for us. One order of coconut custard cake was ordered and devoured by my son. Considering this was mother's day and not a good day to gauge service at most restaurants, amazingly, the service was efficient and friendly. I recognized at least one waitress from the old Hobos. If you're in the mood for good fresh fish expertly prepared, this would be a good choice.

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