Picked this restaurant while travelling for work, so I got to have a quiet dinner alone where I could order whatever I wanted without shame.
I was there on a Tuesday night, when their special is 2-for-1 appetizers, so I started with choosing TWO appetizers. I had the pimento cheese and crab stuffed mushrooms. The pimento cheese was creamy and delicious, served with warm pita bread. I wanted the crab mushrooms to be amazing. They were just mediocre. They had the potential to be great. The stuffing was full of sweet hunks of crab. It was all covered with cheese, but it wasn't heated long enough so the stuffing was only warm, the mushrooms were undercooked and most of the cheese wasn't melted down between the mushrooms. I made a sad face.
Then I had a dozen raw oysters. I've had a lot of oysters lately and these were the best. They were the medium size that I like the best, really fresh and briny tasting with a good bit of liquor in the shells. They were well shucked with no sharp bits of shell in the meat. They were served with cocktail sauce and lemon. I was given a choice of five typical hot sauces and I chose Crystal brand. My table had a basket of saltines on it for crunching between oysters. My only issues was this: when did oyster shuckers stop separating the animal from the shell? Is there a reason for serving it still attached?
I thought that would have been enough for dinner but I was still hungry, so like a crazy person, I ordered a shrimp po boy with their Blockhouse potatoes. The sandwich was huge and looked amazing. It had gorgeous shredded lettuce, two big thick cut slices of tomatoes, big pickle slices and a dozen big fried shrimp coated in a cornmeal based batter. There was no way I could pick this sucker up, let alone take bites out of it so I ate it in pieces. The shrimp were cooked absolutely perfectly and were delicious. The Blockhouse of potatoes were chunks of unpeeled red potatoes browned in butter, garlic, scallions and parmesan cheese. They were not the prettiest of spuds but they were utterly delicious.
The restaurant itself was kind of dive-y and seemed very different from what I expected based o their website. It was a little dark- multiple rooms with yellow pine paneling and a bunch of tables and booths. The area where I was seated had only two other tables in use on a Tuesday evening. My server was a young man with an adorable southern drawl and long hair pulled back under a baseball cap. He was friendly and helpful but the service was a little slow.
I would definitely come back here. I would skip the apps and go right for the seafood.
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