Seafood In Review

   February 28, 2012 12:53 pm    3

 

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Sunday was the 6th Annual SafeNet Chill-E-Cook Off. I was given the opportunity to be a judge again this year, and along with four others, I sampled 17 different cups of chili and graded them on taste, color, aroma, consistency, and aftertaste. The venue changed, but only slightly, as the event was moved to the Concourse of Union Station instead of inside the Brewerie.

This year, there were only a few stand out chili variations; many of them tasted very similar and were actually hard to discern from one another. A few were so hot, they destroyed my palate for a few other cups. Some chili varieties were served with chips, others with cornbread, and one actually came with sour cream that had been dyed blue, which was a visual turnoff (even though the taste was not changed). My overall favorites for traditional chili were Molly Brannigan’s, Calamari’s, and George’s, and my favorite nontraditional chili was the chilled shrimp chili from La Bella.

This event is a fantastic, delicious fundraiser for SafeNet, a wonderful local organization working to eliminate domestic violence in Erie County. If you have never made it out to try it, make it a point to do so next year. Thank you to Rick Liebel and SafeNet for giving me the opportunity to serve as a judge for this event and I look forward to doing so again in the future.

On to the seafood: Plenty of cities in the country have access to lobsters and ocean fish and other seafood, and even though Erie is not one of those, it can really hold its own in the seafood world. I know seafood can be expensive, but there are many local places with both incredible seafood and reasonable prices. These were my favorites of the places that I visited (in no particular order):

Favorite Fish: Potato Crusted Cod, Theodore’s Restaurant; Scarlet Snapper, 1201 Kitchen; Chilean Sea Bass, Sensory 3

Favorite Seafood: Crab Stuffed Scallops, Theodore’s Restaurant; Lobster Wellington, Sensory 3; Garlic Crusted Scallops, Chovy’s Italian Casual

Other Favorites: The love that goes into everything that comes out of Hook’s Catfish Kitchen makes every bite perfect. The chefs at The Raw Bar inside 1201 Kitchen really know what they are doing in both presentation and flavor. This really is some of the best food in town.

All of the fish and seafood that we ate was good, but only some were great. Price versus quality can really make or break a meal, but that doesn’t mean that the food is bad.

I can’t wait to start steaks and see what local restaurants have to offer. Keep sending your recommendations, suggestions, and comments to AKochirka@goerie.com.

Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

 

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3 Responses to “Seafood In Review”

  1. Kevin says:

    Beard,

    I am glad the next tour will be for steak and I can’t wait to hear where folks in Erie like to get theirs! In anticipation I may just have to go out for or grill a few tonight! Yum!

  2. Rob says:

    I’m very excited about steak as well; can’t wait to see where my favorites stack up.

  3. Kevin says:

    Rob,

    Where are your steak favorite places? Ours include the Crowley’s, Ricardo’s and even though it’s a chain we have always had great steaks at the Texas Roadhouse (but we prefer locally owned places whenever possible).

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