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Johnny's half good/half bad (longish)

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Johnny's half good/half bad (longish)

Science Chick | Apr 1, 2003 12:12 PM

I was visiting from Boston and met a friend from Nashville, also visiting. We were staying right near Dupont, and decided to check out Johnny's. After a long wait at the bar (we didn't mind...lots of catching up to do) we were seated. Had the broiled crab cake and oyster stew as apps. Both were outstanding, but we were a little surprised at the single small crabcake. That should have prepared us for the sparse-sized entrees we received.......

My buddy (a 6'5" basketball player) ordered the scallops...4 scallops on a plate with 7-8 pomme frite and a dollop of vegetable. The sauce and scallops were outstanding, but come on!!!! I got the Chesapeake seafood stew, described as " with tomato, fennel and basil". 4 small mussels arranged around a bowl of broth with diced fennel and carrots, 2 small shrimp and a 2" square of rockfish. I'm a smallish woman, but this was not nearly enough to constitute an entree!!! The dish was excellent, though, with a nice, aromatic flavor.

I don't like american-sized jumbo portions, but when I eat a meal it is to actually eat a meal, not have a snack. Kudos for great good, but thumbs down for absurd portion size.

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