Although I live in Montgomery, this was my first time at Wintzell's Oyster House. Since my book club was staying at the Renassiance this particular weekend, we decided to we would try them out. With this being my first time ever eating at Wintzell's, I was looking forward to what they had to offer. They have a pretty extensive menu and although I'd perused it online, I didn't know exactly what I was going to eat. I did know I was going to eat some raw oysters. It would have been ashame to got to a restaurant that is known for it oysters and not give them a try. So me and one of my friends split a dozen oysters, which were at market price. Let me tell, we were kicking ourselves and thinking we could have each eaten a dozen of those oysters without a problem. They were nice and juicy, not huge, but tasty. So I ate my 1/2 dozen quickly. Next time I get a dozen. They were that good. As my entree, I choose the Catfish dinner with steamed broccoli and sweet potato fries. It also had hushpuppies. This was two catfish fillets and it was ample for me. The fish wasn't overcooked and not over battered either. Nice flavor, with a moist, flaky fish, just like I like it. The sides were your typical fair, but the catfish stood out as the star of the plate, rightfully so. The price was reasonable. The decor has all the old signs with the funny saying you may have seen on their website. They had a pretty large bar as well, with several beers on tap. Since we went on a Saturday night we were surprised our wait was only a few minutes for a group of eight. My only issue was our service. We were seated fairly quickly, but once our server took our order she really didn't give us the same attention as she gave other patrons she was serving. Although, Tiffany checked on a us a few times, she was basically missing in action during the majority of our meal and we had to ask another server for our tickets and to get her to pick up the tickets. In fact, on the bottom of our receipts states, if the server fails to tell you the catch of the day, you are to inform the manager and a order of bread pudding would be on them. Well...we told the manager and her response was she was sorry that happened and she pulled the server to the side and that was the end of it. No bread pudding. I didn't want any, but they didn't honor their policy. The food was really good, the service not the worse I have ever had, but definitely not the best either. If you are a oyster lover, make sure to check them out.
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