Thursday, March 05, 2009
My friend Karen suggested we catch up over dinner at a uniquely named restaurant in Crockett, CA - "The Dead Fish". The restaurant's site explains:
"Chef Andrea Froncillo's beloved Nonna cooked for a big family and didn't have time to track all of the different recipes she prepared, so when her grandson asked what kind of fish she cooked, she replied, "It's a dead fish!""
The restaurant is located just off the last exit before crossing the Carquinez Bridge heading towards Sacramento on I-80. It's quite easy to get to, and has lots of parking.
So quick as to be nearly simultaneous with your sitting down, some fresh and delicious French Bread is served.
Karen and I had a lot to catch up on, and it was yet early (5 p.m) so we decided to enjoy before dinner drinks - me a lemon drop, and Karen an appletini. These were mixed nicely and well chilled.
We enjoyed watching the bridge scene as the light slowly faded out, and our drinks slowly drained.
We also enjoyed an appetizer, the Fried Castroville Artichokes, as we sipped.
We ate "Lotsa" Nona's World Famous Killer Crab roasted in a secret garlic sauce. Oh this was SO good we wanted Lotsa more, but restrained ourselves.
We finished the savory menu with a cup of Crab Chowder. It was good, but perhaps a tad salty.
As we continued talking, we decided to share a Fresh Fruit Compote, with the whipped cream on the side. It was a very generous serving of various well-mixed fruits, a the peak of their ripeness. It was a good finish to a rather rich meal. Karen heard that this is a great "2nd Date" place, and I'd have to agree. The good service, great food, and nice ambiance would be a great thing to share.