Friday, August 24, 2012
Birmingham Restaurant Week: The Fish Market.
My Birmingham Restaurant Week strategy included three tenets: showcase the restaurants that I loved, the restaurateurs that shared my Greek heritage, and the establishments that kids were welcomed and appreciated as guests.
The Fish Market in Southside met all three of those criteria, so I quickly added it to my list of stops.
They have a jovially decorated dining room with many fun Greek artifacts,
and a great outdoor seating area.
The kids and I met my husband there after work. One of the things I love about The Fish Market’s menu is that they offer “real” food for kids. I don’t even offer my daughter the option of her usual, chicken and fries. I ask, “Do you want baked fish, fried fish, or shrimp?”
She opted for the fried fish last night, and I kid you not – this is the child’s portion:
That meal could feed me for three days.
(And if you’re wondering, it also included the giant bowl of green beans that you can just barely see in the top of that photo.)
The Restaurant Week options include lunch and dinner choices.
The lunch menu is $10 and gives the option of Shrimp and Grits with 2 side dishes, or Grilled shrimp (or chicken) over a Greek salad with a baked potato.
The dinner menu is $30, and includes a Greek Salad, a 1 1/2 pound steamed Maine Lobster, a cup of Clam Chowder, and a glass of wine.
We were there for dinner, so I started with the salad, which had an extremely generous portion of feta.
This was an especially nice feature since my husband always wants a bite of my feta, and I’m usually too selfish to share. But with that much feta, he and I had all we wanted!
The lobster came next, and it was impressive. I’m not usually a Lobster orderer – I leave such fineries up to my husband. Luckily, he was there to coach and help me in my cracking and discovering the very best tendrils of meat.
The lobster was served with butter and a remoulade sauce, both of which were wonderful additions.
I didn’t expect to like the Clam Chowder, and just barely got a picture of it.
However, it ended up being my favorite part of the meal. It was clearly fresh, and was filled with generous chunks of clams and potatoes. I scraped the bottom of the bowl.
We left with four stuffed stomachs and two full boxes of leftovers – I love a restaurant that makes the next day’s lunch a breeze!
As an added benefit, whether you’re dining with kids or not, Railroad Park is only a few blocks away and a perfect place to run off some after-dinner energy.
Disclosure: I was compensated my Birmingham Restaurant Week menu choices in exchange for participating as a Birmingham Restaurant Week blogger. We paid full price for the rest of our meal, and my opinions are always my own.
Rachel is a Birmingham-Based Blogger who writes at Grasping for Objectivity and runs this networking site for all Alabama Bloggers. She and her family love eating out, especially at local establishments where the food is divine and kids are welcomed with open arms.
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