I'm ashamed to say how long it's been since I had a true girls night out-- one without babies, without husbands, and one where I actually put on makeup and did my hair. As if they were reading my mind, the amazing people at Eddie V's Prime Seafood invited me in for dinner recently and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to enjoy some rose, catch-up, and great food with my best friend... and I was right!
Eddie V's is perfect for girls night or a date night because it feels glamorous as soon as you walk in the door: You're greeted by cool blue lighting, live jazz music coming from the bar, and a super attentive staff. Alexis and I stopped in for a later dinner on a Saturday night and the restaurant was busy, but the service was flawless. We loved our (conveniently named) server Eddie who walked us through the menu from start to finish and helped us select the perfect combination of dishes for our night out.
After glancing around the dining room and noting the generous entree portion sizes, Alexis and I decided to start our meal with something fresh and simple and we split the Heirloom Tomato Salad. They split the salad for us and we were each presented with a gorgeous thick slice of yellow heirloom tomato topped with shredded basil, creamy bufala mozzarella, and a touch of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I love a well done caprese and this was the perfect way to start our meal.
Selecting our entrees was tough! Eddie V's is known for their seafood, of course, but they also offer a great selection of chicken, beef, and steakhouse-inspired entrees as well. There's really something for everyone on this menu. We both decided that seafood seemed like the appropriate choice here and ordered the North Atlantic Lemon Sole and the Jumbo Gulf Shrimp-- because best friends strategically order entrees that they can share with one another, of course.
The sole was amazing. A large filet of flaky white fish was perfectly breaded in a Parmesan and panko crust that was crispy and not at all greasy or heavy. It was topped with a flavorful lemon garlic butter and finished with a simple tomato and herb salad. I loved this simple and delicious almost Milanese-style preparation.
The Gulf Shrimp was indeed jumbo and also an excellent entree choice. This shrimp was grilled until tender and served "oreganata style:" Topped with a combination of fresh herbs, garlic, breadcrumbs, and shallots in a buttery white wine sauce with a hint of mustard. The shrimp had great flavor and was made a little more decadent by the addition of fresh jumbo lump crab meat.
One of my favorite things about dining at upscale steak and seafood spots is the a la carte side dish menu. I love being able to choose exactly what I want as a side dish for my entree-- and to order a few to share with my dining companions! At Eddie V's there is no shortage of great options and we finally settled on three: The first-- and a no brainer for us-- was the Brussels sprouts. They're sauteed with bacon and shallots, so there's tons of amazing flavor. And they have that great caramelized texture that you want in a Brussels sprout.
We also ordered the Roasted Beets with Candied Walnuts. I love roasted beets and these were so simply prepared, but so tasty. Beets have that great earthy taste, so pairing them with the sweet candied walnuts (which add a good crunch) and a hint of citrus flavor was wonderful.
Lastly, we both raised an eyebrow at the sound of Butter Poached Lobster Mashed Potatoes and knew we needed to try them. They sounded way too decadent not to and we hadn't indulged in any lobster in the rest of the meal, so it only made sense. Wow, these were something else! A generous portion of creamy mashed potatoes is topped with tender buttery lobster and then finished with rich gravy. This is totally the kind of side dish you'd expect at a prime steak or seafood restaurant-- in fact, this would be a fabulous "surf" side to your "turf" entree-- with large whole pieces of lobster (not tiny bits and pieces) over cheesy mashed potatoes. And I'm not even much of a gravy fan, but this whole side dish was really a showstopper.
And speaking of showstoppers, let's talk about dessert. Eddie V's offers a great selection of housemade desserts, but they are known for their Hot Bananas Foster Butter Cake so we opted to share that. Our server Eddie presented the dessert and then really wowed us with a little tableside flambé. The flambé cooked the alcohol out of the rum sauce and warmed the butter cake, which paired perfectly with the scoop of butter pecan ice cream served on the side. This dessert was everything you'd imagine it to be: warm and gooey and buttery cake, brown sugary sweet bananas, and cool scoop of ice cream to round it out. A delicious end to a fabulous dinner!
Editor's Note: A complimentary meal was provided in order to facilitate this post. All the opinions expressed herein, however, are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support A Squared!