The other day a coworker asked if I would like to order something for lunch from Fish City Grill in Irving. I took them up on the offer as I would be able to get some other things done over lunch and be able to try something new. I had a few coworkers in from out of town that tried this restaurant and had nothing but positive things to share about it. I ordered a Cobb salad the day we ordered take out. I believe it took me 30 minutes or so to eat the salad as it was fantastic and huge. I told myself I would have to go by and try this place to try other food they offer. I decided to drop by this establishment this past weekend and try it out in person. I was in for an experience from the time I entered to the moment I left.
As I entered the establishment, people greeted us from the moment my foot stepped into the location. The wait staff was beyond friendly and open to sharing suggestions. Carson, one of our servers, not only had a radiant personality that appeared genuine, but you could tell he truly enjoyed the food here and knew how to describe the taste. He instantly shared that his section would be shared between him and his counterpart America. I loved the fact that he was not only knowledgeable but let us know what to expect up front. If you know me, you know how I am about customer service. So we were off to an intriguing start. You are able to seat yourself and the music ranged from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and a few current mild songs. The restaurant had a laid back feel and is considered home of the oyster nacho. Yep, I said oyster nacho.
The menu was an array of things from starters like fried pickles, fried oyster nachos, and lump crab cakes. They have salads, soups, catfish, shrimp, oysters, and other seafood items. Carson brought over a sample of their soups for us to try and all I can say is it was a start to what items were ordered next. The soups ranged from claim chowder to roasted jalapeno soup. I know that jalapeno soup, may not sound the best, but I will say don’t knock it until you try it. They have a chalkboard that shares their daily specials and describes what the items are as well as the reasonable prices. The day I visited, the chalkboard displayed a plate with lamb, prime brisket benedict, and a few drink specials. Carson and America were attentive, courteous, detailed, and just who I would have wanted to serve me no matter if it was a large party or just me.
We tried the oyster nachos to start. What can I say, I just had to know what this was going to be like. It was a fried oyster on a corn tortilla chip with a spicy sauce between the meat and the oyster. The top of the nacho had pico de gallo on it. I believe there were 6 to 8 of them on the plate. They were definitely an appetizer that could be eaten as a meal. It was something about the sauce with they oyster and the topping that just made my mouth water. I could see then why they have a sign saying, home of the oyster nacho. The menu description did not do this justice, but the photo gives you a good idea as to what a treat you are in for.
As I sat and indulged in my prime smoked brisket benedict with sliced zucchini and squash. Let me tell you, my taste buds were doing a happy dance. I had a glass of wine with this and when all I can say is my dad would have loved this place. My father loved tasty food and trying new restaurants. It was the first thing to come to mind. It was one of those meals that I was glad I had time to sit and savor. Full of flavor, gorgeous presentation, and fulfilling on all levels. I don’t think I have ever thought of eating squash and zucchini with brisket, but it was a delightful. The other party I was with had the Serafin’s fish tacos and it was a large portion and tasty as well.
I decided while sitting in the restaurant that I would have to blog about this experience. This place is one that will be added to some great places to celebrate or enjoy a nice happy hour. This location has a patio outside with fans on it. The day I went, the weather started out overcast and ended up being a nice warm day. Had I have gone later in the day, I would have sat on the patio. I also noticed while inside they had a room set aside with double doors, more than likely for larger or private parties. The reviews on this restaurant could not have been more accurate. I don’t believe I have spent my money at such a good place in a long time. It was well worth it and didn’t put a dent in my wallet which is always a blessing. What more can one ask for than a well rounded experience when going into a place of business. I almost had to kick myself for not vising this place prior. So next time you are in Irving off of MacArthur and 635, you should drop in if you love seafood and maybe open to trying some different things.
If you enjoyed this blog, feel free to check out the blog discussing customer service called Where is Service in Customer Service on page one. As well as tune in tonight as my friend Andy Brown discusses Customer service on his radio show tonight at TMIradio.com from 7PM-9PM CST.