Photo: Snapper Pontchartrain

Photo credit: Anthony Beal

Joe’s Crab Shack in Gaithersburg’s Washingtonian Center recently offered up this fish dinner smothered in Mushroom Pontchartrain Sauce and topped with grilled shrimp. By no means a bad meal, this one didn’t knock my socks off.  The “dirty” rice that accompanied it was underseasoned and therefore undeserving of truly being called “dirty.”  The broccoli served alongside it tasted previously frozen, and while I’m not knocking the supermarket freezer case, I expect a bit more when dining out.  The best part of the meal was the shrimp.  Large, juicy, and rubbed with old Bay seasoning, their inclusion was an eye-opener in an otherwise unremarkable meal.  As seafood meals go, I’ve had much better.

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