Joe Root’s Grill

   January 3, 2012 12:39 pm    1

 

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After my long holiday break, I was looking forward to getting back to Erie and starting my seafood tour. The voting numbers were not that high due to the holiday season, but Monday night’s winner was Joe Root’s Grill. Through the snow, Amanda and I found our way to 2826 W 8th St. for dinner. The restaurant wasn’t too crowded so we were seated right away. Our server, Emily, got our drink orders and directed us to the winter specials as well as our menus. When Emily returned, I asked her for some suggestions and she was happy to oblige. Amanda decided on the Mahi-Mahi and I ordered the Lake Erie Walleye. We ate our salads and the fantastic garlic bread as we waited for our meals.

Although you can order your fish a number of ways, the Mahi-Mahi is typically served broiled with an Asian-style, Teriyaki glaze. Mahi-Mahi, sometimes called the dolphinfish, is a very mild fish that is a bit on the sweet side. The glaze really highlights the natural sugars. By broiling the fish, it flaked apart in large pieces and was cooked perfectly. Amanda also got some of the homemade rice pilaf as a side. The rice was slightly under seasoned; a little more salt would have made it perfect.

As recommended by Emily, I ordered my Walleye broiled and Cajun seasoned. The fish looked delicious, but was bland to the taste. Walleye is one of the nicest freshwater fish you can get. It has a very clean white meat that flakes easily. The flavor was just a little lacking on the Cajun. It needed to have more of a bite and more texture. I added salt and a squeeze of lemon which added some good brightness to the fish, but I would try a different preparation next time; maybe blackened or lemon pepper. I found 2 small pin bones in my filet, but luckily I didn’t eat them. I also got the rice pilaf as a side.

The entrees were very reasonably priced, both were under $18, and came with a choice of salad or soup, one side item, and bread and butter.

As a first stop, this was a successful trip. The restaurant’s decor is a little dated, but good tasting food and a knowledgeable staff make up for it. Thank you to Emily for the great dinner. I cannot wait to try more locations.

Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

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