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20 Feet Seafood Joint

A while back our lives changed here in East Dallas.  Goodfriend opened and we had drinks and burgers.  There was this rumor that a seafood joint was opening, as well.  But, that would just be too good to be true, wouldn’t it?  15 years of East Dallas living with no decent bars and certainly no seafood left us skeptical.  And then it happened.  Things have never been the same.

20 Feet has received quite a lot of good press.  Rated one of the best seafood places in town.  And I will say that it’s only grown better and better as time has passed.  It’s a very regular spot for us.  Not only is the seafood fantastic, fresh and affordable, we always bring our own beer or wine.  That puts it in the VERY affordable category, which is not where you usually find seafood.

Today, we tried the oyster shooters.  Is that cute or what?  And so delicious!  $2 each?  Seriously?  That’s it?  I didn’t realize you could get something this good for $2 until today.

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As usual, we over-ordered.  I had the coconut shiitaki mushroom soup.  Delicious and mild.  An excellent blend of flavors.  It was their special soup of the day.  So, you can’t always get this.  I love trying their soups.  I’ve never had one that wasn’t fantastic.

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Hubbard went with the traditional clam chowder that is always on the menu.  I have to admit that I probably had 10 bowls of this in a row before I could bring myself to order any other soup at 20 Feet.  I love this chowder.  The best I’ve ever had.

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Another thing I find hard to resist is the Shrimp Scampi over Parmesan grits.  I’m a grits girl.  And the slaw on top with the little crunchy things…  love it!  (I don’t know what the little crunchy things are.  Does it matter?)

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Hub, being in that traditional mood today, had the fish and chips.  We searched this town for fish and chips a few years back and never really found any we liked as well as Guthrie’s, which closed a long time ago.  20 Feet has the best fish and chips ever.  Why?  The fish is delicious and perfectly fried every time.  But, those fries.  The fries alone are enough reason to order this dish.  They’re done with rosemary and thyme and cloves of garlic.  I think of the garlic cloves as little presents when I find them nestled between the skinny fries.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever left one for Hubbard.  I like garlic even more than grits.

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We didn’t get dessert today.  But, Suzan has got to be the best pie maker in town.  The chocolate cream pie and the key lime are so delicious.  Try to be more sensible than we were today and leave room for pie.  Or the strawberry shortcake which was the special today and I know I’ll be regretting not ordering as soon as I’m hungry again.  Hmmm…  maybe we’ll go back for dinner!

Thoughts on Meddlesome Moth

I’ve been thinking about the food at Meddlesome Moth ever since we visited last weekend.  I’m not quite sure what to say.  It’s a little boring?  The presentation is lacking?  I guess the place itself is such a great venue that it’s really begging for better food.  The service was perfect.  Not too pushy.  Exactly as attentive as I needed.  It’s obviously well managed.  There are about a million beers on tap.  The beer list is fascinating actually.  But, the food… 

Shrimp and grits with jalapeno gravy.  I love shrimp and grits.  This dish was not what I think of when I think shrimp and grits.  Grits didn’t have much flavor.  Gravy was barely lifted up by the jalapeno, basically just a cream gravy.  The shrimp may have been  marinated because they tasted a little different than straight up shrimp.  But, overall, it was not very flavorful at all.  I was craving some garlic, onion or bacon or something.  And look at it.  Very monochromatic.  Did I hate it?  No.  But, I was underwhelmed.

Hub had the fish and chips.  Again, the presentation isn’t on the mark.  The potatoes were limp and a little oily.  The flavor of the fish was fine and I think the housemade tartar sauce was actually very good with nice herb note. 

If we were served this food at a dive, I would be impressed.  But, this is no dive.  Far from it.  This was our first visit.  Perhaps the burgers, salads or sandwiches are better.  I want to try one of the beer flights they have available.  On this visit the thing I was most impressed with was the coffee.

I’ll get back to you if the story changes.