Romey's Salmon- Award Winning
I was strolling in market square in beautiful downtown Knoxville, when I happened upon a restaurant on the corner. The appearance seemed to be the kind of cool place I would like to be at. The hostess stand was outside, and the menu was available to look at before you made the decision to eat there. The thing that convinced me to dine was the asterisk beside the Romey's Salmon. It said "award winning."
How could I resist such a boast? Of course I like to try new things, but when something says award winning, don't you have to order it? The staff was very friendly and, as I walked in, I was quite impressed with the overall feel of the restaurant. There was a certain buzz and everyone seemed like they were having a good time.
The restaurant had large windows on one side and paintings for sale on the other. The tables were lovely and the chairs were comfortable. This restaurant had all the makings to be in the top tier for what we do here at The Picky Fork. The waitress came and took my order. I wanted the Award Winning Romey's Salmon. What happened next was most surprising.
Romey's Salmon was supposed to be a hickory smoked, pan seared, champagne glazed salmon over Cajun cheese grits. I am not one to like grits but, as your guide to the restaurant world, I felt obligated to give the entire award winner a chance. It would turn out that the grits were not the issue at all.
The fact is, Picky Nation, the grits were probably the best thing about this dish, save the potato. The champagne glaze was extremely sweet, but my complaints were with the salmon itself. If you are a regular reader, you know that I eat a great amount of salmon and so am most qualified on this subject. This salmon was very chewy. It was tough and didn't have a good flake to it. The hickory smoke would have been a good touch, however, I feel they ran out of hickory and chose to use cigarettes. This salmon tasted just like a cigarette.
The service was great and everyone else's food looked, and smelled, amazing. I will be back. As for the award winning salmon. It must have won an award for most likely to ask for a refund. For a great experience, but some less than savory food, I will give this Blue Coast experience a picky 3 out of 5.