Seafood and Not Much Else at Fishmonger’s

6 Oct

A group of us tried Fishmonger’s in Plano in an effort to find a reliable mid-priced seafood restaurant.  So far the only place I’ve found in the Dallas area (with entrees under $20) worth revisiting is Fish City Grill.  So we gave Fishmonger’s a shot.

At 8:30pm on a weeknight, Fishmonger’s was only about a quarter full.  We started off with sauteed blue crab fingers and peel & eat shrimp.  The crab fingers were deliciously buttery and garlicky, and the shrimp lightly seasoned just right.  We were off to a good start.  Dinner salads came out quickly after the waitress took our orders.  The salads were awful.  It was just shredded filler lettuce with two slices of tomato.  Simplicity isn’t always a bad thing, but there were 3 different types of dressings ordered between the 6 of us, and all of the salad dressings tasted watered down.  I couldn’t finish my salad.

Thank goodness the main entrees were better.  Some of the entrees among the group ordered include the tilapia Chihuahua (salsa verde topped grilled tilapia, I thought this was an odd but interesting combination) and the Fishmonger’s Pontchartrain (tilapia topped with shrimp, crab meat, and mushrooms, and received raves from the person who ate it all up).  I ordered the baked salmon with basil cream sauce ($13.95).  The salmon was a large filet and the sauce was creamy chardonnay perfection.  For less than $15, this is definitely one of the best salmon dishes I’ve ever had. 

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The salmon came with sides of French fries and red beans.  So here’s the downfall of going to a place that sells mostly fried seafood, your standard side dishes don’t necessarily complement your meal.  Furthermore, the fries were limp (not soggy, just not plumply meaty like thick cut fries should be) and the beans were pretty flavorless.

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In short, Fishmonger’s does a solid job executing all its seafood dishes.  But the side dishes and salads (generally anything non-seafood) can really use some improvement.  I will probably choose Fish City Grill over Fishmonger’s until they can prove me otherwise on their side dishes.

Rating: 2 / 5

Fishmonger’s Seafood Market and Cafe
1915 N. Central Expy
Plano, TX 75074

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