Good Morning Gators!
It’s in the Middle of the Afternoon around 10AM. Diane and I are waiting for them to open up. This is a Gator first. I have never been to a place so late before. If it wasn’t for the fact that they take reservations I wouldn’t be here. I was actually kind of surprised at the lack of a ton of people waiting to get in at such a late start time.
I can’t remember ever reviewing a corporate chain before. I am not usually interested. I was poking around looking for a new place to review and saw that they do brunch. I had a feeling that not a lot of people were aware of that fact. Bonefish is part of Blooming’ Brands that owns Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, and Outback Steakhouse.
We went inside and as usual got situated and I wandered off to take pictures. The place is just like me Big and beautiful. Modern fishy interior complete with fish art and big metal fish. Carpet free. 7 The subdued lighting is nice but for photography it sucks. Sorry in advance. The music was a mixed contemporary bag of borderline elevator. 6
Our very friendly server Theresa brought coffee and menus. I can smell the darkness of the Coffee. I am opposed to dark roast coffee especially for Breakfast. It bulldozes over almost all Breakfast foods. At least it wasn’t weak and wimpy. 6 There wasn’t a lot of breakfasty choices. It was a mixed bag of stuff from the Lunch/Dinner menu with a few Breakfast items. This made choosing pretty easy. There are Salt and Pepper mills on the table! 9
Diane: Since I realllllly liked the fact that we could sleep in and still have plenty of time to make the opening of 10am, I was bright and bushy tailed !! I had an old playlist queued up on my IPod and we waited for Bonefish to open their doors while lip syncing in the Gator mobile. Adrenaline pumping, we were seated toward the back where the windows were. The lighting was subdued so we made the best of it. Theresa took great care to ensure we had coffee mugs full at all times. The steel blue walls and silver accents with dark wood decor was soothing yet modern. First impression 9
Diane has decided that we should Booze it up this morning. They have a few bottomless offerings to help make your morning brighter. Diane opted for Blackberry Sangria and I went the Italian route with Peach Bellini. They were both good. 8 We had a visit from Steve the culinary manager. A really nice guy. We chatted about the Brunch Bidness.
Diane: The endless $10 breakfast drinks were perfect, this being Brunch, naturally! Fruity sangria was delish. The attention to keep our glasses filled earns Theresa a 9
The Hollandaise was spicy and sweet like Orange Marmalade and Cayenne Pepper. Quite tasty. 8 The Small/ Medium Fried shrimp were spiced nicely but a bit soggy from the sauce. 7 The Poached Eggs were near perfect 9 The English Muffin was standard unbuttered and barely toasted. 6 The Asparagus was good. A smidge overcooked but still tender crisp. 7 Overall this was a pretty decent starter. 7/8
Diane: As Benedicts go, this was top rate. the BB shrimp were tasty but unfortunately the sweet tangy sauce took away their crispy crunch. The marmalade spicy sauce was very good and the steamed asparagus Spears contrasted well with the sweet bath of orange. 7
Served with Potatoes Au Gratin and Toastage
The potatoes were served up in ball form. I wasn’t sure that I was a fan. As it turned out it wouldn’t have mattered if they served them in a Tennis Shoe. They were fabulous. Creamy Cheesy Buttery Salty Yummy 8 The Omelette was an anomaly. It was done in the Country French Style. Really rare in Breakfast places as they require some finesse. I haven’t seen a Country French Omelette in the last hundred omelettes Ive had. Not familiar with Omelette styles? Hmmm? Click the link! Jacques Pepin Makes Omelettes As usual it was overcooked. Too bad. I was really excited about it and hoped it would live up to the style. It was tasty though. Crabby and Cheesy. It was topped with fresh Basil which I love. Most places skip the fresh herbage. This had the potential of being a knockout. 7/8 The toast was fairly well toasted and it was actually pre buttered! 8
Diane: French Omelettes are my favorite. Puffy poofy eggs are just not my preference. The simplicity of this dish was simply divine! Silky melted butter with lemon juice and lump crabmeat atop the eggs tasted symphonic and the sharp creamy potatoes gratin were the perfect side dish. I would order this again and again 9
This dish gave me fits. It was served to us on a plate that seemed like it had been refrigerated. This would have been fine for some desert items but not for french toast. It did a great job of keeping the fresh delicious whipped cream from wilting but the Bacon was as cold as the plate. It was pretty bad. 2 The French Toast although coolish was actually delicious. It was very orangie. The bread could have been soaked longer as usual but it wasn’t dry either. Served as usual with Fakle Syrup. (Fake Maple). In spite of its shortcomings The toast was decent and the fresh whipped cream was fab. 7
Diane: I absolutely agree with Gene about the cold plate making the bacon inedible. So while the kitchen gets props for caring to refrigerate their serving vessel, this was not the right application. 3
But let’s get to the toast , shall we !? the long oval slices are nice. The centers were lightly custardy and the French toast was griddled to the perfect brown gold. The berries were plump and sweet and the freshly whipped cream was great to dip the toast into. 7
The bottom line is that I would visit Bonefish again. The service was warm and caring, menu diverse without being bogged down will unnecessary choices. And there was Theresa:)
Well Gators that’s another review for you. I think that Bonefish is a good addition to the other breakfast hotspots in the Burg Like Wildberry Cafe and Egg Harbor. It’s a bit upscale. A nice place for a date or to take whiney relatives. Get over there. Ask for Theresa.
As for us we’re off to our next adventure.
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