AUTHENTIC SOUTHERN COMFORT:
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($24.95). When I say settle, Iâ€™m being a bit ironic, given the fact that fresh-caught Atlantic and Alaskan fish, that is refreshingly not farm-raised, is hardly settling.
Served gratinee style and baked to a golden brown with crabmeat, artichoke hearts and parmesan, the Halibut was thick but not dense and light and buttery â€” a meltin-your-mouth fish.
While my dining partner was in a moral quandary over ordering the Atlantic salmon, because these salmon are over-fished, his ethics seemed to disappear when he tasted the salmonâ€™s clear flavor and the sweet smokiness of the chili powder and molasses glaze.
By the end of our meal, we almost felt as if weâ€™d consumed more than Southern food and hospitality; weâ€™d experienced part of a historical era, devouring the sweet and bitter history and earthiness of Southern cuisine. Despite some mistakes â€” the crispy green bean casserole was cold when it arrived, and the mashed potatoes were at room temperature â€” both the meal and the service were ideal.
And when we shared our issues with our server â€” who swore it was her first night though we never believed her â€” she responded by giving us a free dessert: a chocolate mousse that was soft, sweet, and airy. It was the perfect finish to an exceptional September evening. Â©