WARNING: For the first time in Frittering Conch history I'm blogging about a place I'm not absolutely in love with.
Last night, I went to Ballyhoo Grill on West University and was not impressed. The service was actually great, but the food was definitely sub-par. Maybe I'm snooty, maybe I'm used to catching my own grouper, or just maybe this place really isn't that amazing.
All photos by Jake Romoser
To start, we ordered the Firecracker Shrimp. I honestly probably should have read the description on the menu. I envisioned large, succulent shrimp tossed in cracked black pepper with a hint of chile powder.
Instead, the shrimp were deep fried and then tossed in a spicy Thai sauce. The breading was far too thick and completely masked the taste of the actual shrimp, while the mayo based sauce left me feeling bloated and heavy.
Blackened Grouper w/ Zucchini and Squash
My Blackened Grouper w/ Zucchini and Squash was bland, bland, bland. I don't know about you, but when I order something blackened I expect it to have a nice kick. I ended up adding black pepper to the entire dish to make it have some type of flavor. The quality of the fish wasn't bad, however, I would have preferred the thrill of catching it myself.
Shrimp & Scallion Skewers w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Out of the two entrees, the Shrimp & Scallion Skewers w/ Garlic Mashed Potatoes contained more flavor. The scallions were moist, buttery and delectable. The texture was the perfect consistency and not rubbery or slimey at all.
The one thing we ordered that I could not stop eating? The garlic mashed potatoes! With flecks of potato skin and a hint of garlic, this robust dish almost made me lick my date's plate clean. (Okay, so I ended up ordering my own side of mashed potatoes, you caught me.)
Despite being quite full when I left the restaurant, I don't think I will be returning anytime soon.