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Lunch at Sea Catch

Pappy | Jan 23, 2004 03:12 PM

Well, after mouthing-off for several years about what a wonderful, uncovered gem this seafood restaurant in Georgetown is, a group of 'hounds decided to challenge my tastes by joining me for lunch there today. Hopefully they'll all chime in with their individual opinions, but from the way they ate, I think everyone went home happy.

As some of you may know, this place is tucked away in Canal Square in the space that used to be the Fish Market. It is now comprised of a beautiful marble raw bar, followed by delightful cafe' style seating, a very nice wooden bar, and then two sophisticated dining rooms done in dark wood and peach tones, and several tables on the deck overlooking the canal.

The food is overwhelmingly seafood, with only a few items for the meat eater. Starters were corn soup with crab meat, ceviche, mussels, a nice selection of oysters and other shellfish, salads, etc. Restaurant Week entrees were seared tuna on greens, crab cakes, a swordfish sandwich, and a steamed medley of clams, mussels, etc. Today's lunch specials were whole grilled red snapper, mahi mahi in beurre blanc over spinach, monkfish in lime butter with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, and wild alaskan king salmon with mustard sauce. Joe H. ordered gumbo off the dinner menu and declared it delicious, before learning that the chef hailed from Shriveport.

The service was excellent, the wine list affordable, and the space very attractive. While not cheap, Sea Catch offers a far superior product to Legal, Oceanaire or (ugh) McCormicks in a much nicer setting. There is no better choice in town for a lobster on your anniversary.

And no, I own no shares and do not have an investment banking relationship. I do go often though, and am known by the staff.

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