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mini-meals and are obviously portioned for sharing. We opted for Fried Green Tomatoes ($8.95) — a unique variation with two thin slices of firm tomato sandwiched around cream goat cheese, battered and fried and served over roasted red pepper sauce. The Artichoke Fritters ($6.95), our server’s recommendation, were like hot little beignets filled with creamy artichoke dip. There are some healthier choices, if that’s your inclination, like Tomato Basil Bisque ($4.95) and a House Salad with almonds and feta ($3.50), but deSha’s is the relaxed sort of place that makes Bleu Cheese, Bacon and Roasted Garlic Dip ($8.95) sound like it just might hit the spot.
My friend, a runner who likes to load carbs, tried the nightly special, Pasta with Chicken and Artichoke Hearts ($14.95), good comfort food. After struggling between Scallops over Parmesan Cheese Grits ($21.95) and Tilapia with Asparagus Risotto ($16.95), I opted for the tilapia primarily because I knew it would make better leftovers for lunch the next day. Especially nice touches were the grilled asparagus spears and big slices of portabella mushroom garnishing my fish. The ducks were floating off to sleep when we looked over the menu of large, mostly homemade desserts.
Shirley insisted that two women sharing the evening’s finale could not go wrong with the Pecan Ball ($5.95). Someone was eating a cheeseball at a cocktail party when a lightbulb suddenly came on over their head and a dessert was born — weighing in at the size of a toddler.
A big vanilla ice cream island coated in toasted pecans and surrounded by gooey hot fudge. Yummy, as guilty pleasures go, but too big to be taken seriously.
We had a great night of laughs and fun food at deSha’s — a lucky find on our way home from the restaurant that was closed. There’s a bar-bites menu during happy hour and Sunday brunch. Go for a reasonably priced night out — and order the Bourbon Barrel Ale. Surely, you’ll enjoy it.