Cocktail Hour: The Lackman Presents Piano Man
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Mitchell's Fish Market is one of our regular seafood joints because their dishes are fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced every time we visit. Like other large, upscale seafood chains (think M&S or Legal), Mitchell's menu has both a list of freshly delivered fish that can be cooked to your liking and a set of signature dishes.
One of my favorites is their Cedar Plank Salmon served with a variety of vegetables (eggplant, asparagus) and, you guessed it...served on a cedar plank (the significance of which I'm not sure I fully grasp—and no, I didn't try to eat it). I'm also a big fan of their fish cooked "Shang Hai" style, which translates into steaming the fish with ginger and scallions and adding spinach and rice with a rice wine soy sauce—trust me...try it.
Mitchell's can get crowded at peak teams (Friday, Saturday nights), but you can always kill time next door at Barnes & Noble or any of the other Levee shops. Plus, they tend to conservatively measure wait times. The last time we were there we walked out of Mitchell's with our pager for a 20-30 minute wait and by the time we hit B&N the pager was buzzing. Even at peak times, though, the wait at Mitchell's is almost non-existent compared to other Levee venues like Brio. So if you have your heart set on Brio and then discover there's a 2-hour wait (been there, done that), don't waste your time. Just head up the stairs to Mitchell's and you'll never look back!
We seldom head to Newport on the Levee intending to eat at Mitchell’s, but somehow we keep ending up there. I’m glad we do! I’ve been there several times, both with a group and as a couple, and it’s great either way. In nice weather, the patio is a great place to eat, especially if you like people-watching, and don’t mind a little more noise. Inside has more of a feel of a nice restaurant, but it is a little less expensive than the high-end fish places.
I have been there enough times that I have tasted several different things on the menu, and all of them have been very good. A friend ordered the steak and shrimp combo, and he could not believe how much food came on the plate, but for the most part, the portions are just on the large size of reasonable. I can clean my plate and I am certainly full, but I do not feel that I need to be rolled home, as I have dining out on other occasions.
Overall, Mitchell’s is certainly a solid choice for a romantic date or a meal with friends or family, although it is certainly on the quieter side, and therefore probably not ideal for younger children. Although I don’t plan my trips to Mitchell’s in advance, I am never disappointed with my meal there!