Fish Market Seafood, Bar and Grill, Fort Mill, S.C. – Restaurant Review

 
What a pleasant surprise to find such a jewel in the middle of Baxter Village in Fort Mill, S.C. The Fish Market Grill is a treasure within a treasure, residing within a quaint shopping area loaded with charming retail establishments. The Fish Market looks like an antebellum home with attached carriage house, as southern as can be. White with black trim, a wraparound porch with white columns and ceiling fans, and black wrought iron tables and chairs spaced conveniently for outside service, you know you are in for a treat as soon as you arrive. It is fronted by a white picket fence and a small park with a three tier fountain, a large pole clock and many azalea bushes and other flowering plants, with walk ways for strolling.
That, my friend is only the entrance. The interior is upscale in design, quiet and welcoming. The menu is outstanding. We were in a fish market restaurant but enjoyed high quality beef. For our appetizer we chose a crab and spinach fondue that was fluffy and perfectly blended. Served with tri-color chips it was as visually pleasing as it was delicious. Next we enjoyed spinach salad with balsamic dressing followed by tenderloin of beef brochette with roasted vegetables and rice. The meat was so tender I couldn’t eat it fast enough, cooked just right and accompanied by vegetables that were also grilled to complement the beef. We were on a roll so we opted for dessert, or I should say Bob did. He thoroughly enjoyed his chocolate bread pudding but I couldn’t hold another bite and was forced to pass on dessert.
We loved the quiet atmosphere and attentive service. Our only complaint is that they are not in Houston. I do wish we had time to try their seafood. I know it would be as high quality as the beef and it is my loss to have to leave without even a taste.
Their website states “Fish Market, Seafood Bar and Grill is York County’s premier destination for fresh fish and quality seafood. Conveniently located off interstate I-77 in Fort Mill’s Baxter Village, Fish Market Seafood, Bar and Grill is just a short drive for residents of Charlotte, NC and Rock Hill, SC.”
I am pleased to highly recommend this restaurant to you, in the spring it will be even lovelier. There are many more delicious items on the menu. Tell them we sent you and it probably won’t get you any perks but we will be pleased you did.

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The Great American Grill at Hilton Garden Inn in Rock Hill, South Carolina – Restaurant Review

 
Bob and I have had quite a weekend. We attended a conference in Fort Mill, SC this past weekend and stayed in the Hilton Garden Inn in Rock Hill, SC. We have been busy, busy and thank goodness our accommodations were excellent. I must say the breakfasts were surprisingly above excellent, at least a 4.5 star meal. Think indulgence to the max. Think down home delicious in a restaurant. Think “I’m not going to skip breakfast today!” The Great American Grill chefs, Scott and Chris put on quite a spread. Scrambled eggs, two kinds of sausage, perfectly crisp bacon, yummy grits (very southern dish), fluffy biscuits, hot oatmeal, make your own waffles, yogurt treats, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, juices, and milk. That was the basics, there are also on-request pancakes, French Toast, and omelets, plus more. Each day there is a specialty item in addition to the regular menu, the first day we had chicken fried steak with cream gravy and the next we had southern fried chicken. The restaurant is open and attractive, very clean and inviting, the service impeccable with the waitresses attentive to our every possible need. Being a breakfast lover I was in heaven, and ate more than I should. It was a delight to get up to such a wonderful meal so I succumbed to temptation day after day and so did Bob. I think I need to walk home to Texas now. If you are ever in the area, please stop in and check out the Hilton Garden Inn, Great American Grill and Chefs Scott and Chris (pictures). You will be glad you did. The Grill is open to the general public so anyone can stop in for breakfast, and be sure to tell them Down Home Delicious sent you.

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Perry & Sons Grille, Friendswood, TX – Restaurant Review

 

It seems Bob and I have been eating out quite a bit lately. Thank goodness some of it was excellent. Others were adequate. I can say up front that Perry’s was excellent. Perry’s is a local restaurant and market that is one of a chain in Houston. The Friendswood location is our favorite.

It is an upscale restaurant with excellent service and a nice menu for anyone interested in a leisurely meal. Even when there are a lot of patrons it is rather quiet and the lighting is subdued. I love the atmosphere, the attentive wait staff (sometimes a little slow depending on your server), the fresh baked hot bread and butter, and the yummy sides like Fried Asparagus with crab meat. The best part is their steaks are consistently above excellent. For us that is an anomaly. It is the only restaurant we can rely on for quality steaks cooked to perfection. The steaks are pricey but there is a rib eye steak sandwich that is a great steak and within the price range of most. It is served open faced so it is like ordering a regular steak.

For Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday night) Bob and I popped over to Perry’s, maybe 5 miles from our house, for our indulgent dinner before Lent. We went to get him barbeque because that is one of his favorite foods. I was not particularly hungry so ordered light, chicken fried steak with salad. Bob was loaded for bear and ordered the Five Peppercorn Steak with salad and baked potato, so much for barbeque. The sauce was divine and the steak was tender with beautiful grill marks and pink with no blood. Needless to say half of both our plates came home because we were determined to have our dessert. He ordered Chocolate Mousse cake and I had chocolate dipped strawberries – both scrumptious. We finished those there. After that we were ready to fast the next day.

It is really nice to have such a nice neighborhood restaurant available close to home. I once asked how they managed to have such consistently well cooked steaks and was told the chef had been with them 14 years so he had mastered the art. I am here to tell you I am a believer.

If you are in the area, give Perry’s a try. I think 4.5 Stars is a good indication of what you can expect at Perry’s in Friendswood. When speaking with the Big Cheese, Charles Goode, regarding use of the picture from his website, he suggested I check out the newest member of the Perry family of restaurants in San Antonio. It is gorgeous!

Ya’ll have a down home delicious day now, and don’t forget to fast on Fridays during Lent!

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Pappasito’s Restaurant Review

 

Diary of a Home Cook

Sometimes temptation is just more than I can handle. Bob and I had already decided we would not spend a lot of money on a Valentine meal out. Then I got this email about Pappasito’s Valentine special and I was hooked. It wasn’t just because they had filet mignon fajitas, or because they were serving chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. It was because both of those coupled with grilled lobster and shrimp was too much to resist. I have this love of lobster that makes me crave it from time to time. It is so expensive that I can’t justify it most of the time. My hubby tells me not to worry about the expense but it is hard to swallow knowing how much each bite costs. We have the money but there are people starving out there and I am selfishly spending more on one dish than they may have for food for a month. Doesn’t go down well for me as a regular choice.
Good news! The Pappasito’s meal was decently priced and had everything I love on it. There are several Pappasito’s in Houston and a variety of Pappas restaurants. We have found that not all Pappasito’s are created equal. Happily we found that the Pappasito’s on 610 Freeway by Reliant Park has consistently tender fajitas so we make the extra drive to get the better food. Of course, nothing is perfect. I much prefer the salsa at the one close to us. The fajitas win out every time.
We finally decided to take advantage of the great price and the foods we love and went to Pappasito’s today for our Valentine meal. We were delighted with the quality and quantity of food we were served. It included filet mignon fajitas with vegetables served in an impressive presentation on a hanging skewer (not shown in picture) and it was cooked perfectly, so tender they melted in our mouth. Also on our platter were regular beef fajitas, caramelized onions, grilled peppers, and other vegetables, 5-6 brochette shrimp, and a nice sized grilled lobster tail split in two. Our sides were Mexican beans and rice, guacamole and pica de gallo plus unlimited chips and salsa. All for a total of $44.95 for both of us. Happy Valentine’s to us!! Bob said it was by far the best meal he has had there and was hungrily eating all he could. When we finally cried uncle and asked for a to go box the strawberries arrived and were beautiful as well as delicious. There were 4 large berries dipped in milk chocolate on a beautiful presentation plate with a tower of whipped cream in the center of the plate. I love pretty food and this was fantastic. Bob asked the waiter to bring a to go box because we would only eat one berry each and take the other two home while I more realistically said, “Forget the box.” Needless to say, we scarfed down those berries with a smile on our face. The good news is that chocolate dipped strawberries do not mess with our sugar levels since we are both diabetic. Fortunately my hubby and I have some foods and restaurants we both enjoy and this is one of them. Their menu just happened to bring any of our favorites together in one meal which made our satisfaction quotient ring the bell. And we had so much food to go from Pappasito’s that we did not have to cook dinner either. You can bet there wasn’t any lobster in that to go box, just fajitas, a couple of shrimp and some of the sides. Still it was double our pleasure.

Corey, our waiter treated us as though it was his special privilege to tend to all our requests and needs even though he had several tables to serve. He was so good with a smile on his face the whole time that we called the Manager over and gave her a personal Kudo for his great customer service. Our Valentine meal cost 1/3 as much as the least expensive of the other Valentine menus in Houston. And we loved it all. I had perused the Valentine’s selections in town and saw that most began at $65 per person as a minimum with others up to $95 per person and we did not like everything on the sparse menus. I am not cheap but I like to get what I pay for. Okay, so our meal was not romantic. But delicious trumped romantic and we still have Valentine ’s Day to deliver the romance. Other restaurants in Houston claimed to be romantic but left a lot to be desired in my mind. We do have special plans for THE day geared to my husbands choice. I will share about that after the fact.
I have been so excited that I had a genuine good review to share with you that I was anxious to write this up as soon as possible. Now you have it. I do hope your holiday is as perfect as mine is shaping up to be.
Have a down home delicious Happy Valentine’s Day ya’ll!!

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