I generally don't review places which I simply find mediocre but after reading all of the positive hype on this site, I thought that tempering it might help some readers out by offering another perspective. I wanted to give the place a second chance, but my husband said that he didn't care to return, nothing about the atmosphere or food tempted him, and since he isn't a beer drinker, he preferred to try another spot. We ended up at the Fair Park Grill and enjoyed our meal there. Another review. .
I thought Canoe's wide variety of craft beers was impressive and wished that we had gone when music was offered because that can be a huge plus, so I'm certainly not dismissing the place's attraction to a local crowd. The dishes just seemed lacking in creativity and most were thick with something resembling library paste like the fish? in the picture on this site. I realize that many people enjoy greasy,artery-clogging food (as I crave on occasion), as long as there's enough of it, but others enjoy smaller portions of well-seasoned, fresh, local menu choices which aren't cooked to death and contain some semblance of bright, fresh greens somewhere on the plate. If you fall into the second category, I would think twice before setting your expectations too high. I may go back on my own some day to try the fried black-eyed peas which we failed to order, and I coveted when we saw the people next to us enjoying them.
The smash burger, a creation of someone at the Neon Pig? certainly is smashing, but I would rather eat it at the Pig. Love the pork belly buns there, too. Creative sauces and flavors and fresh additions, a spin on southern cuisine rather than a tired rendition.
I'm sorry not to be more specific, but my pork sandwich was simply not memorable. Not terrible either. We both felt that we had just spent too much money to feel like we had bellies full of lead.
Love the name, though. Blue Canoe. Nice ring to it.
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