Not wanting to drive anywhere, I walked across the street on a Saturday night around 8 PM. I was told there would be a half hour wait. The hostess Danielle took my name and I meandered over to the bar. I ordered a draft beer while I waited. The bar was totally packed as was the seating area adjacent. The bartender wasn’t really very friendly although at the time it didn’t really matter to me since I wasn’t going to be dining at the bar. About 20 minutes went by and I wondered up to the hostess stand to check on the progress.
In most of the Landry’s chains you are immediately asked by the hostess if you are a Landry select member or in the case of a resort area such as Orlando or here apparently you are asked if you are staying locally at one of the hotels. If so, there are some perks that you obtain. One of these is to cut the line and another one includes a free appetizer or dessert. I wasn't immediately asked if I was in a hotel or a Landry`s select member by the hostess until I brought it up. To her credit she was extremely friendly about it and immediately I was seated at a 4 top by the window which opens to the dining area outside. She then went out of her way to detail the rules for me table side which was a nice touch.
The lighting inside this restaurant is nice with a slight yellow incandescent glow. The walls are dark wood, they have carpet and a slightly vaulted ceiling in the center with a grayish white light casting its shadows upon the ceiling for slightly romantic feel. There is Wi-Fi available.
My server’s name was Jason. He had worked here 3 months. He introduced himself and offered water with my beer from the bar. I was ready to order immediately since I had plenty of time in order to Peru’s the menu while I waited for a table. I ordered the Shrimp Fresca, which was described as: parmesan encrusted jumbo shrimp, broiled &topped with jumbo lump crab served with crab orzo and vegetables. It comes with a salad and I chose the house dressing. The salad arrived quickly. It contained Julian cheese, onion and carrots assorted greens. It was really light on tomato but it had the perfect amount of croutons in a nice size.
The bread was served warm in a metal serving tray but not wrapped in cloth to keep it warm. In just a few short minutes it was already cold as the metal quickly dissipated the heat. Later on I was informed by John the manager that was standard.
After a short while a couple of staff members opened the blinds and I had a terrible glare from the lights on the patio. A few minutes later, John the manager dropped my entree and lowered blind for me. Shortly thereafter Jason came by and quickly checked to see if I needed anything. I requested cracked pepper and was given such.
The shrimp was wonderful even with the tails. There was a perfect amount of lump crab topping. The vegetable was broccoli and a few Julian orange peppers that really should have been in the orzo. The orzo itself was rather bland but it was cooked correctly. The broccoli was firm and fresh. The portion sizes were adequate.
At the end of the meal I opted for the crème brûlée as my free dessert. It was beautifully prepared and tasted so good I had it down in minutes. Topped with a fresh strawberry cut in half in a few blueberries it was perfect.
Overall I was quite pleased and will consider returning to this restaurant when I am in the area again.
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