Friday, February 29, 2008

Mitchell's Fish Market - Review

Jason, Robin, and Mark checked out the new Mitchell's Fish Market at the Town Center (5099 Big Island Dr.) on Saturday, it was pretty darn good.

When we first entered the restaurant we were a little taken back by the ambiance, it looks very posh and expensive. We were there for lunch and didn't really want to spend too much on food (we were shopping after all), but we were pleasantly surprised by the menu prices (ranging from approximately $8-$15 per app/entree).

Our server Hayley started us off with some Iced Teas and Bread. One thing we totally dig is that they brew the iced tea fresh for your table and give you a carafe on the side with the extra. Many kudos for that grand idea.

We ordered some Fried Calamari ($9.95) to start out with, it came with "peanuts, and a zesty dipping sauce" (which was basically Sweet Chili Sauce with some crushed peanuts added to it) and a few fried green beans. It was very good and the chili sauce was a great dipping choice for the calamari, we're used marinara or some sort of aioli.

For their entree's, Robin and Mark both ordered the special of the day, Pasta Louise ($12.95), penne pasta with shrimp, goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, and fresh spinach. It was absolutely delicious. Mark mentioned that he specifically liked how they laid the fresh spinach on top and allowed it to wilt slowly with the heat of the finished dish instead of cooking it at the same time. The portion was pretty generous too.

Jason had the Fish & Chips ($11.95), fried pacific cod, cole slaw, sea salt french fries, and hushpuppies - all excellent and a huge serving. The cod was fried to perfection (as were the hushpuppies).

Our total bill was just over $50 for the three of us, the total dining experience was very pleasant and we will surely return. We checked out the dinner menu and did want to note that the prices for dinner are a tad pricier (approx. $12 - $23)....we hope that the portions reflect the hike in price.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, is this NOT a chain? Good review, but chances are you wouldn't ever catch me at the town center unless I was dragged to a couples shower at Maggianos! & even then I'd have to be high. Gee-aren't there enough locally owned restaurants to support?

Anonymous said...

Um, anonymous - I trust you don't frequent Starbucks, or even Firehouse Subs or the Loop..................

Anonymous said...

presently surprised, huh? nice.

Anonymous said...

Should have check out their little bar food menu too, where ever item is $2.95. Cod sandwich and calamari were the best. Great for a lite meal.

CWW said...

Just tried this out the other day. It was good, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Service was excellent, food was good, all around I enjoyed it. Price point is a bit high, but worth it for a solid meal with no hiccups. Especially in Jacksonville, that's getting pretty rare these days. Seems like with relatively few exceptions, you only have two choices: Either deal with bad attitudes and poor service at locally-owned places, or deal with the same at the chain places on top of menus that have been micro-enigeered to squeeze every last dime out of you in exchange for not much of value. Adding insult to injury is the fact that the food is unlikely to be great, no matter which option you choose.

Glad we have another place around, variety and choices keep the market competitive, which will hopefully improve things long-term.

Anonymous said...

This place was okay. What made the dinner was dessert... DEF try their shark fin pie. AMAZING. but don't even try to eat it by yourself or you won't fit out the door.... sharing is always nice! :)

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