Monday, November 19, 2007

Catch of the day

Colorado Springs will be once-again getting a high-end seafood restaurant. We need one. The best seafood restaurant in town right now is English Dockside, which is good, but it's a low-end fried fish joint.

Victor Matthews of Black Bear fame will open Palapa’s Surfside Island Dining on South Carefree and Powers (where Andy McCarthy's was).

He says he plans to flying in fresh fish daily.

We've seen so many seafood places come and go ... so great, some not-so-great.

My favorite was Academy Street Grill at Academy and Vickers. It looked like it belonged in Miami, with its clean white decor, punctuated with giant salt-water fish tanks. The fish and other seafood were fabulous.

Some others we've had: Fins, Chicago Joes/The Fish Market, Sarasota's, Pelicans ... am I forgetting any?

I have high expectations for Palapa's.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was San Francisco Seafood at Academy and Vickers? Several LOCAL restaurants in town have fresh fish flown in daily, its just that people read steak and assume thats the only way to go. We are in Colorado people but we are not shut off to the outside world, expand-order something new for a change!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Actually, there ALSO was a San Francisco Seafood at Academy and Vickers.. but a different spot, I think.

And I'm so glad you brought that up. Many sushi places fly in fish regularly ... if not daily, pretty darned near.

We've had tremendous seafood at Plate, Walter's, the Cliff House, The Broadmoor restaurants, Marigold and other fine dining spots. So I'm sure they're flying in fish fairly regularly. But daily? I'm interested in finding out who's flying it in every single day.

1:36 PM  
Anonymous CrazyLittle1 said...

If you talk to the owner at English Dockside, he flies his in too. I find that talking to the chefs is very educational, and would probably keep a critic from writing mis-information, or even falsehoods.

9:01 AM  
Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Nate often does talk to the owner or chef. He actually does a lot more reporting than most critics.

But I've also been lied to by chefs. You can't always take their word at face value.

... and about the flying in fresh fish thing. I think most fine restaurants in town get flown in shipments. My question was, does anybody have it flown in EVERY DAY.

9:39 AM  
Blogger ryanb said...

we have fresh fish almost everyday, but to get all your seafood everyday is unrealistic and can not be done. Our fish orders have to be in by 10:00am the previous day to get fish from hawaii, and from the local vendors in by 8:00pm for the next morning, and many vendors don't deliver seven days a week. I can honestly say we have fish delivered six days a week monday through saturday at both Plate and Walter's Bistro, however it is not possible to have every single piece of fish delivered that particular morning. we try and run out every night and order just for that day, but unfortunetly we don't have a crystal ball as to what everyone is going to order that night. We are pretty good about it in both of my kitchens, and I can say no fish is ever more than 2 days old from delivery at anytime. After that second day is when the seafood would get turned into a soup or used for staff meal. Hopefully that sheds a little light on the subject.

3:26 PM  
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8:34 PM  

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