Calamari, shrimp and Key Lime Pie - these were among the delights I ordered at Big Fish Grille last week. But what left me wanting to bring everyone I know back was the view.
Although the restaurant, owned by John Mathias, has a Wilmington address, Channahon Village Manager Joe Cook, my dining companion, said the restaurant actually is within the village limits. Mathias also owns a Big Fish Grille in Geneva.
The grounds surrounding the restaurant are amazing. And although Cook and I chose to eat indoors, I cannot wait until the weather is warm to head back out and eat on the patio.
What about the food?
Anyone who reads Dining with Dawn on a regular basis knows that I am a foodie. So even if the view is as amazing as I am saying, I would not be going back if the food wasn't good as well.
The calamari - one of the things I will break my gluten-free diet to eat - was good. The breading was crispy and light, which made it even better.
Cook ordered the Cuban cigar appetizer, which was in a flour tortilla, so I did not try it. He said it was very good.
As readers know, I am always impressed when restaurants go out of their way to prepare a dish to fit a dietary limitation. The shrimp dish I ordered normally comes with breadcrumbs, but they happily left them off.
I have to take a moment to tell you about one of the side that came with my entree before I tell you about the delicious, very well-sized shrimp.
Generally speaking, I have never met a vegetable I did not like. Even brussel sprouts, when prepared well, are good. I have had my share of poorly prepared broccoli, though. So, usually when it comes to my table on a plate, I don't even try it. I hand it over to my children, who both like the mini green tree veggie.
I tried the broccoli that came on my plate and Big Fish Grille and boy and I happy I did. I did not ask what the broccoli was made with, but I know there were pieces of garlic, like those found in the shrimp. I also suspect there was some white wine involved in the preparation. Whatever they did, it was fantastic.
The shrimp was also particularly good.
Cook said his sandwich was good, but I know he likes Big Fish Grille, he is the one who told me about it. I had come out to this area years ago, when the restaurant was owned by someone else. The changes to the interior of what is now Big Fish Grill was also outstanding. The interior looks like a waterside bar and grill in a tropical local.
Cook and I ordered dessert just so I could tell you about it. The Key Lime pie was very tart, which I liked. I did not, however, like the consistency of the pie. It was really thick and filling. If I were coming just for dessert and not ordering this on top of dinner, I probably would not have minded as much. As a dinner-topper, though, it was too much.
All in all, I will definitely be back. And I will call ahead to sit outside and watch the ships go by.