Sunday, May 24, 2009

Mitchell's Fish Market

Tonight we went to Mitchell's Fish Market for SP's youngest sister's (SPYS) birthday dinner. There are 2 Mitchell's locations in Pittsburgh - the Galleria in Mt. Lebanon and the Waterfront in Homestead. We met at the Waterfront. They have a big fish sculpture outside (hard to see but it's in the middle of the photo - no zoom on the cell phone camera; or if there is, I haven't mastered that feature yet!!).

SP's family really enjoys the mussels in white wine-garlic-tomato broth so they ordered 2 servings of those to start. I will take their word that they are delicious; I cannot eat garlic. While they enjoyed the mussels, I ate a lot of sourdough bread. Yum! SP & I both ordered a 'Mitchell's Favorites' for dinner. It's a complete meal: choice of salad, entree, and dessert. We both chose the house salad instead of the Caesar salad. I really enjoyed the poppyseed dressing. Tangy and sweet but not overly sweet. The house salad includes pine nuts and dates, a nice change from the usual lettuce-tomato-cucumber house salad at restaurants.

There are 3 options for an entree on the Favorites menu. I chose the Lobster & Shrimp Cakes. SP chose the Asian Salmon Duet:
I really enjoyed the Lobster & Shrimp Cakes - there were lots of seafood bits and very little filler. Much tastier than the crab cakes I've had in the past at Mitchell's. Happily, I was able to substitute the mixed vegetables for the sweet corn saute since I don't really like corn. The carrots and green beans were a bit crunchy for me, but at least they weren't cooked until they turned into mush! SP says his salmon was tasty and just the right portion size. He also enjoyed helping me finish my cakes!

CSA brother ordered Shang Hai Sea Scallops and enjoyed them. SP's dad got the Shrimp, Shrimp, Shrimp dish and said all 3 kinds of shrimp were delicious.

I was too far away to actually see/photograph what everyone else ordered. Sister-In-Law ordered the third option on the Favorites menu, which is Shrimp & Scallop Mixed Grill. Brother-In-Law is a bit of a picky eater; he ordered the Beer Battered Jumbo Gulf Shrimp. We think SPYS enjoyed the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake & Broiled Gulf Shrimp. We think SP's other brother (SPOB) ordered the Blackened Scallops.

Since SP and I ordered off the Favorites menu, we had a choice of creme brulee or fudge brownie for dessert. I chose the creme brulee. Mitchell's creme brulee is very tasty and always has lots of vanilla bean bits in it. This is a smaller portion and does not come with the orange shortbread cookie (yes, that greatly disappointed me as I like the cookie almost more than the creme brulee). Tonight, the burnt sugar was a bit too thick for me - I prefer a very thin layer of burnt sugar. SP chose the fudge brownie, which came with a scoop of coffee ice cream, and we shared desserts.

SPYS ordered the carrot cake. I think this dessert could have fed us all. She'll have dessert for the next week! It was ENORMOUS!!!

And speaking of ENORMOUS desserts: SPOB ordered the Sharkfin Pie. It's a concoction of butter fudge ice cream, oreos, fudge, peanut butter and who knows what else - I was blinded by the size! SP & I started making 'Man Vs. Food' jokes.
In this case, Food defeated Man. Even with help from BIL, SPOB still took about one third of it home.

Lastly, SP & I ordered an Irish Coffee. We were telling his dad & CSA brother about my Irish Coffee quest and I had just finished describing, with disgust, the Irish Coffees I've had that were served with that green gel-like stuff squeezed on top in some sort of design - as if a green gel swirl will make it more Irish. Yuck!!! And what showed up? You guessed it. The Irish Coffee came with such a swirl. Disappointing.

I guess it's a shamrock? It tasted fine, it just wasn't the Buena Vista...

Overall, this was a very good meal. The Favorites menu is nice not just because it's a complete meal for $19.95 but also because the portions are smaller, which means that after salad, entree, and dessert, you don't feel as if you need to walk the 15 miles home! And for me personally, not being a huge fan of fish and usually ordering shrimp or crab, the Lobster/Shrimp Cakes was the best entree I've had at Mitchell's.

Lastly, I should mention that the 14-month-old member of the family really, really enjoyed the sourdough bread and oyster crackers.

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