Above: OMG! It’s the Ocean Mixed Grill dinner for two at Bonefish Grill.
By Wini Moranville
Restaurant Week may be an ever-distancing memory, but if you’re still yearning for a three-course dinner for a good price, consider the OMG (Ocean Mixed Grill) dinner for two at Bonefish Grill. As a local food writer, I was given a chance to try this special as a guest of the restaurant. Here’s the deal:
Available through September only, the three-course meal costs $49 (for two) and starts with a shared order of Bang Bang Shrimp, the signature appetizer of lightly breaded-and-fried shrimp and tossed in a spiced-up mayonnaise-like sauce. Yes, you’ll have to share, but one order is more than any two sane people should eat (I always eat too many of these).
Next, each diner can order a choice of Caesar salad, house salad or soup. While the Caesar was solid, the sweet, lightly bacon-y corn chowder with lump crab meat was the clear winner here.
I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of the main dish: Set in the middle of the table for us to share was a large rectangular plate of four differently topped fish and seafood items. These included snapper with chimichurri, cobia topped with fruit salsa, salmon with butter sauce, and a combo of shrimp and scallops topped with a pan-Asian sauce. Served alongside was another rectangular plate of jasmine rice, au gratin potatoes and crisp-tender broccoli.
The server brought two large dinner plates, so we could serve ourselves from the entrees and sides. The fish was all top-notch. Each was cooked to a perfect, moist medium, and we especially enjoyed the firm, flavorful snapper. The only section of the quartet that seemed out of tune was the shrimp and scallops. While serviceable, they just didn’t have the sparkle of the fish dishes.
The bottom line? Of all the chains in the Jordan Creek area, Bonefish is one of two that I’ll gladly go to (the other is Fleming’s). If you, like me, enjoy Bonefish, you’ll appreciate this special. P.S.: Arrive before 6:30 p.m., and you can enjoy house wine for $4 and select spirits for $5.
Bonefish Grill is at 650 S. Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines; 515-267-0064.
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