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A nice surprise: Baytown Seafood Restaurant, Houston


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A nice surprise: Baytown Seafood Restaurant, Houston

avi | Oct 15, 2003 06:17 PM

I had an appointment to have a crown set at noon today, so I decided to have a quick lunch before I saw my dentist (I hate to eat with half a mouth anesthetized).

As I was on S. Main, close to the new Baytown Seafood (About 1 mile north of 610), I decided to try my luck. What a good move that was - 10 minutes after ordering, the waitress sat a large plate in front of me, loaded with 6 large fried shrimps and 1 nice size fried catfish fillet atop a hill of French fries – yes, I said French. A meal totally composed of my favorite fast food group: fried. But none of the food had an oily flavor, look or feel to it.

The shrimp had a flaky, red-tinted flour based crust while the catfish was encrusted in thin yellow cornmeal. Both were hot and fresh with the just right flavors of each coming through and not overwhelmed by oil, batter or spices, as were the French fries. I appreciate the cook’s light- handedness in not overdressing the food with too thick a coating. The “salad” that came with my entrée was just a wedge of iceberg lettuce wearing a slice of tomato and covered by dressing. So what? With food this good on the plate, I can readily overlook the misnomer.

With iced tea, my meal came to a very reasonable $9.07. Entrées are in the $7 - $12 range, with most of the selections on the lower end. Bonus: My waitress was attentive.

I have only 2 complaints. 1. The tarter sauce was oily and without flavor. It was creamy, had no pickle pieces in it and looked like mayonnaise. The waitress brought me a packet of another brand, but it was not much better. I dipped into a combination of ketchup, cocktail sauce and Tabasco to solve the problem. It wasn’t that big a deal since the food was good or better without the condiments.

The other problem was that, because I wanted sit near the entrance, I was in a smoking section (Which also doubles as the to-go and market section) and had smoke blown all over me by the couple at the adjacent table. Why some restaurants put the smoking section where all the diners have to pass through is beyond me, but it’s stupid. Better to have a non-smoking restaurant than a bad arrangement like this, no?

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