Sunday, January 31, 2010

Red Fish Grill - New Orleans French Quarter

Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA
Lunch: 11 a.m-3 p.m.
Dinner: Mon-Sun – 5 -10 p.m.
Oyster bar: Mon-Sun – 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

Red Fish Grill, owned by Ralph Brennan, a member of the imperial family of New Orleans restaurants, lies just off Canal Street at the edge of the French Quarter. The location beckons its share of tourists but it’s well worth a stop for lunch or dinner.

I enjoyed Hickory Grilled Red Fish (about $26) topped with a generous portion of crabmeat. Grilled over hickory, the fresh fish was mildly but exquisitely flavored. It was served with wild mushrooms, peas, and thick slices of potatoes sautéed to a crisp on the outside….delicious.

A dining companion raved about the Grand Isle Shrimp Salad (about $14) – shrimp, avocado, chopped eggs and a sweet corn relish – drizzled in a tasty but light remoulade. The salad was enough for two.

Both of us asked for modifications to the entrées – to serve the fish without tasso (seasoned ham), and the salad without bacon. They easily made the accommodation – another plus.

We couldn’t leave without sampling their highly acclaimed chocolate bread pudding. The dessert was served piping hot, then drenched tableside with warm chocolate sauce. Chocolate through and through … superb (thanks for ordering this, Marcia - delish).

The décor, with metal sculptures of fish suspended from the ceiling and companion images painted on walls makes for a festive atmosphere at this casual eatery. Reservations recommended. Service: Excellent. Full bar. ©2010 All rights reserved.

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