We just had a great meal at Freda's Cafe. The owner of the B&B we are staying in recommended it, as did some of the guests we met this evening. So, off we went.
It is located at the northern end of the Washington Street Mall, and has a large plate glass window that overlooks the street. There are about 12 or so tables that are fairly close together, and although it was slow when we entered, there were only 2 tables free when we left. So, I would make reservations. It is also BYOB.
There was a standard menu, and an additions menu. While the regular menu listed prices of each dish, the additions menu had no prices (which we found strange). The waitress told a table near us that the entrees on the additions menu were in the $26 - $32 range. The menu itself is not terribly large, but had all of the major areas represented (seafood, meat, pasta, etc.)
We skipped appetizers. Each entree comes with a smallish salad that was nicely arranged. There are only 2 dressing choices: Russian and a miso-soy-sesame. I had the former, which was quite good, and my wife and son had the latter, which they raved about (my son pouring it over his salad and then dipping his bread into what was left). The bread was a bit disappointing in texture and taste (very bland).
I had the crab cakes, which were served with a mango sauce over mashed potatoes along with a side of sauteed green beans. The crab cakes were outstanding. Lots of crab meat, very little grease. The mango sauce was addictive, and worked well with the crab cakes. The potatoes were also very, very good.
My wife had Chilean sea bass which was cooked with a honey BBQ glaze and served with purple sticky rice and a mushroom tempura topping. While she thought that there was far too much sauce, the sauce was tasty (these guys know how to make sauces) and the fish cooked perfectly. While the sticky rice was indeed purple, it did not have the taste or texture of true sticky rice.
My son had the rack of lamb, which was served with a choice of starch (he chose garlic mashed potatoes). There were eight small chops, and he quickly went to work devouring 4 of them. While the entree looks small, it is bigger than it looks and he was not able to finish it all. He did comment that the lamb itself was a bit peppery (perhaps due to a rub).
We did not have dessert as we were going to wander the mall after dinner.
All in all, it was a very good meal and a great start to our vacation.
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