Red Fish

I wanted to work in a Dr. Seuss reference with One fish, Two fish, Red fish………………….and I couldn’t do it.  Let’s just say we had dinner at Red Fish Grill on Bourbon Street.

New Orleans is interesting in that here in the very heart of the tourist district the restaurants don’t seem to be the usual tourist traps with mediocre food and crappy service.  Most of the places here appear to be trying very hard to provide a quality meal with first rate service and for the most part succeeding.  The food is first rate, the service is professional, I’ve really enjoyed eating out every night.

Red Fish was no exception to that.  You can start with the little things:

I asked for lime, Sally wanted lemon.  Somebody took the time to do it right.

I asked for lime, Sally wanted lemon. Somebody took the time to do it right. It looked even better when there were 8 slices.

Get the little things right and the big things will follow, or something like that.  When even the lemon wedges are presented nicely, you know you are in for a fine meal.

Mike had the most humongous (spell check just corrected that word, to my surprise) crab cake I’ve ever seen:

A huge crab cake on red cabbage.

A huge crab cake on red cabbage.

I ordered the risotto jambalaya, which came with 3 gargantuan shrimp, but no clams or mussels.  It wasn’t particularly spicy, (except for the and0uille sausage) which surprised me.  The very large shrimp are something to look at, but aren’t really as tasty as the smaller ones and tend to be mealy.  There are better things on the menu than the risotto.

Sally had the house specialty, grilled red fish topped with crawfish:

Red fish and crawfish, a great combination.

Red fish and crawfish, a great combination.

A significantly better choice than the risotto, the red fish was grilled perfectly, spiced to perfection and topped with delicious Louisiana crawfish.  Luckily for me Sally was in a sharing mood so I got to taste this signature dish of the Red Fish Grill, and I recommend you have it unless you want one of the big crab cakes.

Bread pudding aficionados need to be aware that all over town the dessert is often baked to order and you need to ask for it early, as it can take 30 minutes.  I put in my order with my entrée, and it came out right on time.

Fresh baked double chocolate bread pudding

Fresh baked double chocolate bread pudding

The pudding is made with both dark and semisweet chocolate, served fresh from the over, with a slice of chocolate almond bark on top and then drenched in both white and dark chocolate ganache.  It is very chocolate, very sweet, very smooth and very, very good.  Especially for chocolate lovers, this is a great bread pudding.

Service was excellent. The ambience is typical New Orleans–loud and fun.  Finish your meal and you are right on the busiest, drunkest, happiest, loudest, craziest street in America.  Go for a stroll and see the sights, it’s worth it.
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