I can count on one hand the things that are better than food. One of them is free food. Last week, Tilson Communications so graciously invited yours truly to the 152nd store opening of Bonefish Grill in Plantation. It was my first time entering a Bonefish Grill (shocking, I know), and believe me, I was not disappointed. In fact, I liked it so much I took it upon myself to build you your next Bonefish Grill menu selection, from appetizers all the way to dessert, so you can experience the greatness for yourself.
Bang Bang Shrimp. It's just amazing. That is all.
Appetizer: Bang Bang Shrimp
Yes, they are everything they are cracked up to be. Seven ounces of lightly breaded shrimp tossed in a homemade spicy cream sauce, the Bang Bang Shrimp has heat without making you gulp for air (or water). Not overcooked, not over-spiced, and definitely not over-powering, I would probably order this for an appetizer and an entrée, it is that good.
Fun fact: The employees at Bonefish Grill say that the spiciness changes with the seasons. During the hotter months, the spicier the sauce gets.
Cocktail: Ocean Trust Martini
It’s like saving a sea turtle every time you drink! Every time you purchase an Ocean Trust Martini – made with Absolut Citron vodka combined with freshly muddled mango and orange – $1 goes to the Ocean Trust Foundation. The year-old project donates money from all stores nationwide. In case you needed a deciding factor in drink ordering, take into consideration our loving ocean. Not only is the drink fantastic, but you’re also saving our ocean’s living beings. Good for you!
Dinner: Fontina Chop with Mashed Potatoes
Skip the apple sauce, Peter Brady, I’m a meat-and-potatoes kinda girl, and this chop is no exception. A tender boneless pork chop doused with fontina cheese, garlic, prosciutto, a mushroom marsala wine sauce and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Sorry, Alice, you can keep your homemade chops. Even General Manager Joe DeCaro says the meal is “one of [his] favorites” on the menu.
“We offer such a variety of seafood and that’s great, but people don’t always realize that the pork chops are delicious,” DeCaro says, who has been at Bonefish Grill for more than three years. That they are, Joe — that they are.
The gluten-free Macadamia-nut Brownie. Have I ever steered you wrong?
Dessert and After-Dinner Drink: Macadamia-nut Brownie and Espresso Martini
If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you know my stance on desserts with nuts. Yes, I’ll say it again: I’m not a fan of brownies any other way than plain. So when the plate sat in front of me with nut-filled brownies, ice cream, whipped cream and raspberry sauce, it took me a minute to find a starting point. But since I’m in no place to judge a dessert by its nuts, I eventually started. The thing is, I didn’t really stop. Even with nuts, the brownie was moist, rich, and (thankfully!) not over-cooked, which is something I encounter a lot with restaurant brownies.
To make you feel better about yourself, the brownie is actually a flourless, gluten-free dessert. If you ignore the ice cream, whipped cream and raspberry sauce, the brownie itself may actually be good for you. Check out the rest of their gluten-free menu.
To make up for it, you can drink the amazing espresso martini. Made with Svedka Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua, crème de cacao, and made-to-order espresso, the dessert martini is the perfect ending to a great meal. Since it doesn’t carry the foam of a cappuccino or the heaviness of milk from a latté, it’s actually pretty light in taste… but that could just be from the vodka.
Still skeptical about Bonefish Grill? Check out the menu of the new Plantation location.
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