We don’t get out a whole lot — not without kids, anyway. So when our school recently held a parents night out as a fundraiser, hubby and I jumped right on that and headed to The Fish Market Seafood Bar and Grill at Baxter Village for a date night.
We wanted to try a restaurant that we hadn’t gone to before, and since we’ve been trying to eat healthier lately, an upscale seafood dinner seemed like a nice way to treat ourselves. (You will note that my food choices aren’t particularly diet friendly, but hey, gotta live a little!)
Thankfully, we didn’t have a long wait for a table on a Friday night because we made last-minute reservations. Many of the tables there are large enough to hold a big family, and I was surprised to see plenty of children there — in a good way, of course. But there’s no kids section on this dinner menu.
Our meal started off with a prettily plated jumbo lump crab cake appetizer with creole remoulade and a ginger-kale slaw. I’ve got a special thing for crab cakes — they’re really hard for me to turn down. And this one was moist and flaky on the inside and crispy on the outside. I ordered a glass of French chardonnay that complimented it nicely.
Hubby and I also decided to share a market green salad, which they were kind enough to split onto two plates without us even asking. The pickled red onions, goat cheese and spiced pecans were a perfect match with a pear vinaigrette.
My main course choice was scallops with a petite portion of decadent bacon-crab risotto, smoked onion jam and tempura asparagus. It was the kind of dish where you savor each bite and you’re sad to finish. The sweetness of the scallops paired wonderfully with the creamy, flavorful risotto. The tempura asparagus held just enough crunch to balance the plate out with a bit of texture.
My husband chose the seafood cioppino, a blend of tender shrimp, mussels, squid, scallops and fish in a tomato-fennel broth. I’m not a fan of fennel, but the taste I snagged was delicious nonetheless.
To cap off our meal, we asked to see the dessert tray, filled with beautiful creations. We chose to split a piece of the margarita key lime pie, which packed an intense wallop of sugar. It was not as tart or tangy as most key lime pies you’d find, just sweet sweet sweet.
Next time we go, I’d love to try their Fish Market sangria. I’m a sucker for sangria, and they have both a classic read or a white peach to choose from. I spotted someone drinking it on the way out and made myself a mental note.
After dinner, my husband and I had time to spare before it was time to pick up our little darlings. So we strolled on over to Grapevine across the street.
I had been wanting to go there since I first spotted it, but somehow we never made it there. Sad! But now we have, and I’m so glad. I always drive by Grapevine when I’m going to the Baxter YMCA, jealous of everyone who lives close enough to walk on over after dinner for a nightcap.
You can get wine by the glass or the bottle there, but we only had time for one drink. I got a German Riesling called Once Bitten that was not as sweet as I expected it to be. I figured my extremely sweet dessert pie was probably throwing that off a bit.
We sat outside, and our table neighbors were kind enough to scoot over and share the firepit with us. It was a relaxing way to finish off our Baxter Village date night before picking up a few kids to shuttle them home.