on December 30, 2008
Once again, Restaurant.com has served us well. Before leaving Wisconsin, I had scored several dining gift certificates including one for Joe's Riverside Grille. Located approximately six or eight miles from our resort, it is also on the list of their recommended restaurants in the area.We planned for an early dinner, arriving just after sunset at 6:00pm. They had some space inside, but given the outstanding weather (80 during the day!) we opted for their patio deck seating that was on the intercoastal waterway. It was the perfect spot for an outstanding dining experience.Our server Michael was very attentive to our every need. My water glass was never more than half empty and he was right there to check in on us at the appropriate times.The menu was much more expansive than their online version at Restaurant.com . . . a full page of seafood and fish delights . . . plus three non-menu specials (all seafood and fish). Looking through the 20 or so choices made it difficult to pick just one. As he went through the chef's evening specials, David was sold on the Cajun Swordfish immediately! For me, it was the Flounder Rockefeller.His swordfish was prepared and topped with three nice sized shrimp and several scallops on a bed of yellow rice. My flounder was served with a layer of spinach and lump crab meat, with a nice hollandaise over everything. I opted for a roasted redskin potato for my starch. Both meals included a bountiful basket of homemade bread, a nice garden salad and steamed veggies with the entree.Dinner was simply scrumptious - delicious and beyond expectations. To top off this most perfect night, we ordered a Bananas Foster to share. It was equally delicious and an outstanding ending to this wonderful dining experience.Our dinner check including an 18% gratuity was $75, which we felt was very reasonable even though it did not include alcoholic beverages. With our $25 Restaurant.com dining certificate, our total meal cost was just $52. This is because we were able to pick-up this dining gift certificate during the recent 80% off deal thereby only paying $2 for the $25 certificate. What a wonderful value! I should reiterate, this meal was outstanding and would have been a great value at the full price of $75 for the two of us.
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