A new place for dinner: 21st Street Fish House & Oyster Bar

Last Wednesday, my dinner group went to the new 21st Street Fish House & Oyster Bar at 123 21st Street in Norfolk. It’s in the space that used to house Cafe Rosso before it burned, and Fellini’s prior to that.

The food was quite good, and the prices were very reasonable for a seafood place – mid to upper teens for a fish dinner, higher for a few specialties. There were 7 or 8 catch-of-the-day options; you could choose one of those and then decide how you wanted it cooked – pan-seared, baked, grilled, blackened or broiled – and select a sauce to be served with it. The dinners are served with a choice of two sides. There were also some specials. Here’s what we chose:

  • I had the grouper, pan-seared with lemon beurre blanc sauce. It was excellent, although the fish wasn’t browned as I would have expected from pan-searing.
  • Barbara had the special – monk fish topped with lump crab meat and Hollandaise sauce. She enjoyed it very much.
  • And Keith also had grouper, but his was grilled and he chose the peach (I think) chutney as a topping. He thoroughly enjoyed his as well.

The only thing I found odd was that the mashed potatoes I selected as a side were served with a red wine-mushroom sauce, which I thought was a bit heavy for a seafood accompaniment. It was good, just not a good companion for fish.

I would definitely recommend the 21st Street Fish House, though. Give it a try 🙂

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