My sweet husband had been craving Cioppino, so he called me at work and asked me for a date to try Fishbones, about which we have heard rave reviews from friends and family. Not one to turn down a night out of the kitchen, I happily accepted. I am gluten free, so I called ahead to make sure there were menu items which would fit my needs. The restaurant is quite small, with several bar-height tables, and seating at the bar. All the tables were taken, so we sat on one corner of the bar. Our drink orders were taken right away, and the extensive beer, ale, and cider selection satisfied my GF needs and my husband's love of ambers. He ordered the Cioppino; I got the salmon, grilled, with grilled asparagus and cheddar grits. A couple of very nice young men, students at UNC-G, came and sat next to us at the bar, and we had a lovely, friendly conversation with them. Our food came, and my husband was underwhelmed with the Cioppino. The tomato broth was more like they had opened a can of stewed tomatoes, watered it down, heated it up, thrown in the seafood, and said "There ya go; serve it." My salmon, although correctly cooked and neither over nor under done, was bland and flavorless. I would go for blackened next time if it's GF. The asparagus and grits, although tasty, were lukewarm at best, as was the salmon. The guys next to us got their food shortly after we did, and the twisted burrito looked amazing! It was huge! And he said it was his favorite item on the menu. His friend, whose visit was his first as well, got the popcorn shrimp which were minuscule and looked very greasy. He ate very few of them, and said they were not what he was expecting. We might be willing to try again, but since it was early on a weeknight, we were hoping for a better meal. The place gets packed quickly, so plan to go early or wait for a seat. Parties larger than four might have difficulty with seating, as it is first come, first served.
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