Monday, September 3, 2012

Two States, Two Restaurants

Within a couple of weeks I ate at two very nice upscale restaurants in two different states. Both places were known for their seafood; both places had very friendly waitstaff who had family members with allergy issues; and both places went out of their way to make sure that my meal was gluten free. The first was in Canton, MS. I was on the road, and this lovely little restaurant was pretty much the only noticeable thing in town. It was at a crossroads and everything around it was fast food. The name of the restaurant is Two Rivers Steak and Seafood, and they are apparently well know for their steaks, but I had the Grilled Redfish. It was very good, but the best part of the meal was the side of sauteed spinach. It's not usually my favorite, but the description the server gave—garlic, lemon and olive oil - made it sound terrific and I have to say, it was. I have been craving it ever since. With that spinach dish in mind, I ordered the sauteed spinach again at Eddie V's in the Arboretum in Austin, TX. Eddie V's is a beautiful restaurant with dressed up wait staff in white jackets and ties but it was a Saturday night and we had not made reservations, so we were seated in the Lounge. It was fine there (although chilly). We were away from a lot of the noise and we had a server, Leah, who was excellent. Eddie V's does not win the spinach-off, I am sorry to say, but they did have the most wonderful crab meat appetizer. (There is a separate section just for cold seafood appetizers on the menu!) The crab was served with avocado slices and a remoulade sauce. Too yummy for words! My entree was halibut topped with crab meat.  It would have come pistachio encrusted, except that there is Panko in the crumbs.  It was superb.