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RedFish report--food decent, but great Mojitos


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RedFish report--food decent, but great Mojitos

asun | Aug 24, 2002 01:32 PM

Last night, we went to RedFish, the new restaurant where Weber's/Le Bistro Midi/Weber's/New Orleans Grill/Starrz used to be. Here's a short report.

We only had appetizers, and everything was very, very, very above average. We got stuffed mushrooms; a crispy shrimp wrapped in phyllo dough; and mussels. The shrimp was the best. Everything was well-presented and pretty much cooked correctly. The only problem was that none of the dishes had that, well, pizzaz that makes you say, "Wow, this is really good."

However, RedFish does have one great thing going for it--one of the bartenders makes what I can safely say are the best mojitos in Baltimore. He uses fresh crushed mint and makes his own simple syrup. He also refuses to pre-batch them. He makes a great martini as well.

On the business level, the restaurant is still in soft opening. They apparently have lots of repeat business. They have a happy hour special that's decent--"approximately half-price" appetizers, and $1.00 off domestic drafts (which included DeGroen's and McHenry's but did not include Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams--evidently they are buying the "import" verisons of these beers). RedFish is owned by the same people who own Blue Point Grill in Ellicott City.

The long and short--I'll go back, if only to get those great mojitos and half-price appetizers. At some point, I'm sure I'll want to have dinner there. The menu looks awfully ambitous--from bouillibase to paella to spanakopita. About 1/3rd of the menu isn't available just yet.

It will be interesting to see how it does.

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