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Outback's Bonefish Grill: A Remarkably GOOD Chain Restaurant...


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Outback's Bonefish Grill: A Remarkably GOOD Chain Restaurant...

Joe H. | Jan 2, 2004 08:22 PM

Wednesday night my wife and I expected too much when we visited Rosa Mexicano. Tonight, we expected Outback's version of Red Lobster. Unbelievably, one of Bonefish's entrees actually challenged Kinkead's signature pepita crusted salmon for taste, exceeding it in value.

From memory this is a special on their menu for the next two weeks or so: salmon topped with gorgonzola, pine nuts, bacon bits and lemon butter on a shallow bed of spinach. Served with good potatoes au gratin, lyonnaise squash and a tossed house salad with a celery seed viniagrette. I think the cost of this was $16.95!!!!

But Bonefish had other very good dishes including pepper crusted sashimi tuna in a soy dipping sauce, very good lobster and creamy corn chowder, fresh grouper, mahi and about 10 other fish all offered with a choice of one of four sauces/presentations in addition to plainly grilled over, I believe, oak or hickory.

Sitting at the bar for an hour, waiting for our table, it seemed that everything on their menu must have passed by us. Almost all of it looked really good. When you factor in prices like at Outback (who owns Bonefish along with Carrabba's) this, for me, is a remarkably good bargain that must challenge for the title of best chain resaurant in America.

I'm serious. I like Bahama Breeze, too (there's one in Towson), but this is right up there.

There are only a handful around the country with three having opened in the Northern Virginia suburbs in the past year including Centreville, Fairfax (Route 50 at Greenbriar) and Fredericksburg. There are none in Maryland or the Distict, at least not yet. Sixty or more are expected to open nationally ove the next 12 months.

For all of my criticism about Rosa Mexicana on Wednesday I submit Bonefish as an example of a really good restaurant at a fair price with food, some of which, is K street good.


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