Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fish Bar

Location: 2956 N Sheffield
Cost: About $20 per person

So for the past month or so, I only had Sunday's off from school. That might seem kind of crummy, but I feel like med school has ruined my ability to fully enjoy free time anyways. After weeks of getting up at 4:30 AM, my ability to sleep in is completely gone. I used to be able to recharge my batteries till noon or so. Now I just wake up at the crack of dawn no matter what. I studied, got some groceries, cleaned, did laundry, and it was still way too early.

So when my parents called to meet for an earlier brunch, I was ecstatic to have something to do while most of my friends and roommates slept. The plan was to meet somewhere further North, like Andersonville. They've got a bunch of really great brunch spots up there. Then my car wouldn't start. By the time my parents got down to me and we got my car jumped it wasn't that early anymore. I was so frustrated but still pretty hungry. The goal now became finding something nearby. I figured we should go check out Fish Bar since it's right down Sheffield from my place.

Logistics
The Fish Bar setup is pretty neat. You feel like it's an old diner setup. There's a central kitchen window with a somewhat u-shaped seating arrangement allowing the waitress to reach over a small counter into your booth for service. In the summer they have a bunch of patio seating too. I feel like this is typically a very hard place to get into in a timely fashion, but on Sunday morning we were practically the only people there. I didn't think they took reservations, but the website says they do.

Our service was great, but like I said, we were the only customers the majority of the time, so it wasn't really a challenge for the waitress. The food cost is a little bit high, but it's a seafood place. Sandwiches were around $10, soups were $6, sides were $4, and pie was $5.

The Food
The first thing we found out is that they don't serve coffee. I know we didn't really stick to the brunch plans, but everyone was a bit frustrated from the car issue, and not having coffee was a bit heartbreaking. After we got over that, we got some soup to get the ball rolling. I went for the Clam Chowder, and my dad got the Gumbo. The gumbo had nice chunks of crab and sausage, but the neither of us really cared for the flavor of the broth. The clam chowder had a thick cream base with plenty of clams and was generally very well seasoned.

The Gumbo

The Clam Chowder

Then we got our main dishes. My mom got the Head on Shrimp, my dad got the Satchmo Po' Boy, and I got the Oyster Po' Boy. The Po' Boys were fantastic. They both came on these wonderful brioche buns and were way overfilled. The Satchmo was the better of the two, mostly because the slaw on the oyster was a little bit too acidic for me, but both were great. The head on shrimp were good, but they were a little small, especially because my mom didn't eat the head meat (the best part).

The Oyster Po' Boy

The Satchmo Po' Boy

The Head On Shrimp

For our sides we tried the Tater Tots and the basket of Fried Lemon, Onion, and Jalapeno. The tots were good, but I've yet to be blown away by anyone's tots. The fried basket was great. I had no idea what to expect, but the different ingredients had much more tolerable flavors after frying and combining. We put this down in a matter of minutes, and I thoroughly suggest you try it when you go in.

The Tater Tots

The Basket of Fried Lemon, Onion, and Jalapeno

For dessert we had to try the Key Lime Pie, and the waitress convinced us to get the Bread Pudding too. I'd heard from many people that the pie was better than the one at Joe's. This pie was very good. It had a really moist crust and a tangy flavor. I still prefer the one at Joe's because of the texture of the filling and overall taste, but this was a close call. The bread pudding was warm and gooey, but I'd suggest sticking to the pie.

The Key Lime Pie

The Bread Pudding

Overall
Clearly you can get a solid soup, sandwich, and piece of pie at Fish Bar. I think my mom wished she got more food and some coffee, but otherwise I thought the meal was relatively on point. My ideal meal would've been the Satchmo, clam chowder, and the pie. The menu is a bit limited, but the items are solid. I'm giving them 4 out of 5 Pearls.


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