Our Christmas Eve visit did not start well. We made a reservation several days in advance, and the restaurant called the day of the reservation to verify the reservation. However, upon our timely arrival the table for our party of nine was not ready as if we were unexpected, and we had a short wait with no explanation. Then, the high chair was unusable because it lacked one of the safety straps. A manager was working the room and I mentioned that our table was not ready, as a matter of information for him. He immediately stated that he would be overseeing our service and he later comped four desserts for us to try: creme brulee, a magnificent brownie and two Florida key lime pies. This is the mark of a good manager. We were not expecting anything and were pleasantly surprised and pleased.
The food certainly did not disappoint, from the signature spicy "Bang Bang" shrimp appetizer to the grilled tilapia with chimichurri sauce (one of four sauce choices) to the lump crabcake that was clearly "lumpy" to the salmon. The vegetable side of the day was spaghetti squash with savory seasoning that apparently included a hint of brown sugar. The meal included great yeast bread with pesto dipping sauce. The menu is short but has something for everyone and allows the chefs to concentrate their efforts. Next time I will try the Chesapeake Bay oysters fried in cornmeal and garnished with pickle. There was a sizeable wine list but we do not drink wine. Having tried a number of restaurants in the area, it's easy to see why this one is #1.
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