One of my biggest pet peeves about eating out is noisy, obnoxious restaurants with huge flat screens and even louder and more obnoxious people screaming at your plate. Can I eat in complete silence anymore!?
So when we went to Delray Beach with my brother and his wife and shopped Atlantic Ave. for our double date dinner destination, we were in for happy mouths and angry ears upon tucking into City Oyster & Sushi Bar before the rain hit.
My brother and his wife came to visit us from Houston this past weekend and one thing my brother had on his bucket list for this visit was he wanted to eat at really great restaurants. We are most definitely kindred spirits. (In fact, the longer we are around each other, the more our similarities reveal themselves. Bobby pins in ears and all.. ) Atlantic Ave. in Delray is a strip of trendy eateries and bars, it was definitely a spot we had to hit.
City Oyster called our names in the way of pricey seafood. I mean, if there are appetizers over $20 it has to be good…… right? Shayne & I being the poor folk we are, looked at each other, gulped and decided that if we’re going to splurge, tonight was decidedly the time and place…. hoping the food is phenom.
Verdict? The food WAS phenom. However, the atmosphere gets a distinct thumbs way down for the gathered throng’s consistent dull roar as we ate our stellar meal. I mean, how can a restaurant serve amazing food and house a bar crowd of 40-something neanderthals yelling and high-fiving each other right next to the dining room? Oye… but that’s what comment cards are for.
Our appetizers were a surprisingly light, buttery lobster bisque, rich miso soup and these!, the most flavorful tray of oysters we’ve ever feasted on!:
All 3 entrees were marvelous.There was nothing about any one of our meals that was less than perfection. The swordfish (which Shayne & I had never had), was like eating a steak, hearty, smoky and tender. Zui’s crab stuffed shrimp, what I was originally going to order but I like to eat off everyone’s plate so I like the table to order different things, decadent! But my brother won best ordered entree of the evening with pan-seared scallops and mushroom risotto. The risotto was a dream. The planets were aligned that night and the chef had a lucky charm in his apron because he served the best risotto he’s ever made to the right table.
Moving on to other meals shared with the LeBlanc’s this weekend:
A crappy breakfast buffet aboard our cruise ship to the Bahamas:
(Our cruise dinner was a disgraceful, spit in the face of our life-changing dinner the night before. No pictures).
But the fresh conch on the island was sooooo yummy! We ordered a few things off this little hut’s menu.
I was mesmerized by this guy’s knife skills. He was cutting so fast with that machete!
We ventured up to West Palm Beach for the 4th and ate at City Cellar in CityPlace. We found out this restaurant was under the same management umbrella as City Oyster…mmm…it has to be good!!
I can only assume City Cellar is the neglected foster child of that company. My brother drew the wrong straw that night… he ordered the infamous Hangar steak, which our waiter came back to the table to inform us they “ran out.” (How do you run out of something before dinner service?!). My brother then ordered the crab stuffed Chilean sea bass, which had no apparent flavoring. The prep cook who was responsible for fish that day forgot culinary 101: always season fish before cooking. My salmon was not seasoned either. So my brother sent it back and ordered a hamburger. Which sucked. Dinner was in shambles and did not recover after even poorer service and no acknowledgment from a manager. What an ass….
But Shayne won best ordered entree and these were, in fact, soooo good:
We took them to Primanti Bros. in Fort Lauderdale for the monster sandwiches and delish pizza. They’re the folks who stack fresh cut fries and coleslaw on their sandwiches. Outta control.