As I was working in the Port Isabel area for a few days I decided to try Dirty Al's after reading the hype in the local press. I was just looking for a good seafood lunch at a reasonable price and my expectations were low.
I was met at the door by a very courteous server that said that I could sit wherever is desired. I chose a table by the windows and was treated to a very nice panaramic view of South Padre Island and its waterway. I was immediately greeted by my waiter, who took my drink order. After perusing the menu, I decided on the shrimp bisque and fried shrimp and scallop platter,
I would have prefered the soup first, but the soup and the seafood platter arrived together within a very short wait. At first spoon the bisque had a very savory, delicious taste, unfortunately the second spoon included a piece of shrimp that had very strong fishy flavor.
The fried shrimp were average at best, butterflied and over fried and dry, reminiscent of frozen fried shrimp. The shrimp were the highlight of the lunch! I was looking forward to the scallops, but as I cut into the first morsel I noted that the batter coating had completely separated from the scallop. You could actually pick up the breaded scallop and shake it inside its batter coating.
The service at Dirty Al's was very attentive, but the kitchen needs help!
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