RDG was recommended by an old fishing buddy. My wife and I arranged to meet some good friends for dinner, just for-the-heck-of-it mid-week. Our dining mates, coming from down south, had hit some traffic and were running late. The Bar Annie side of the restaurant has an attractive outside seating area on the 2nd floor balcony where we sat at a quiet table, had a bottle of Far Niente chardonnay, and people watched while we waited. The staff handled our delay with aplomb and put us under no pressure to take our table. When our friends arrived, we were seated at a well situated table with a pleasant view from their cozy dining room.
We were assigned a team of waiters that were always close without being too obtrusive. We started off the meal with a crabmeat nacho tower appetizer. It was a tasty pile of avocado, slaw, and fresh crabmeat with MMM sauce and freshly fried nacho chips on the side. It was excellent. Order one, you won’t be disappointed. I generally don’t like a tomato sauce / seafood combination (one exception is Shrimp Creole), I asked our waiter what else they could do with their Gulf Snapper with Veracruz sauce. He offered to have the chef broil the Snapper and serve it with lemon butter sauce, topped with lump meat. Man, I almost licked the plate. I didn’t leave anything behind. The red snapper was local, fresh and perfectly cooked. This was my wife’s first meeting with celery root puree (a family sized side dish). It won’t be her last. We all enjoyed it.
2nd trip – I met a business associate from New Orleans in the bar. What an interesting crowd. After Happy Hour we sat down for another fabulous meal. I had to have the crabmeat nacho tower again. And again it was wonderful. I selected the nightly special of fresh broiled Cobia (also known as Lemon fish or Ling) topped with grilled jumbo shrimp and served with an unusual but very tasty sweet pea, cilantro, chili sauce for my entree. It was fabulous; I used all of my crusty bread to sop up what little sauce remained. RDG is one of the best restaurants that I have dined at in Houston.
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