When we arrived, the parking lot was slammed, so we parked across the street (returned to a nastygram from the manager of the laundromat threatening to have us towed, so driver beware). We were happy to find there was a table for two available, so we didn’t have to wait for a seat – but it was the last one! After our lunch, it was very clear why the place was packed…
First look at the menus showed some serious value-based pricing. Turkey and avocado sandwich with fries for $6 – crazy!
We started by ordering a small salad, which was MUCH larger than expected and super fresh! They also brought us a basket with a couple fresh, herbal bread knots and some homemade blueberry muffins. Those were great, but we were trying not to fill up before trying some of the menu fare.
Back to the salad… It was super fresh and crunchy and exactly what you would hope for in a garden salad, but never really expect. The ingredients were also cut perfectly and fit nicely onto a fork, avoiding that whole “lettuce slapping you in the face” situation you get into with many restaurant salads. We ordered ours with blue cheese dressing and were delighted to find big hunks of blue cheese in the dressing. It was a great way to start our meal.
We also ordered a cup of seafood gumbo to share, since we saw a bowl go by and it looked tasty.
For our lunch entrees we ordered the Shrimp ala Diabla and the Blue Clove Fish Tacos. The tacos were killer! From the crunchy veggies and the perfectly seasoned fish, to the creamy avocado… the flavor and texture combinations were on point. Top that with the chipotle sauce and you have the best fish taco we’ve had in a LONG time!
And the shrimp in the Shrimp ala Diabla? Huge! And bathing in a delicious bowl of creamy white wine sauce and spicy peppers, onions, and garlic. The aroma alone was enough to get your mouth watering. But the flavor was spicy perfection.
The whole meal was epic! Usually when we blog a meal, there is one dish that is droolworthy, but this was not the case here. Everything that was brought to our table would easily make the blog on its own! Two different droolers suggested we try this place and we have to say, it did NOT disappoint!
We went for lunch, but there is a separate dinner menu, which has some amazing sounding dishes that we MUST try! We WILL be going back soon… and as often as possible.