A Small Byte on Small Plates at Columbus Fish Market
Posted by cmh gourmand on May 18, 2007
I go to great lengths to avoid corporate eating – but sometimes it happens. When this does occur, one of my favorite spots is Columbus Fish Market – my favorite Cameron Mitchell Restaurant (and I am allergic to fish!).
I dropped into the Crosswoods location (the staff there are consistently great). I like to dine at the bar to avoid the wait and on occasion – to get my belly rubbed. On my last trip I discovered my best cheap food find of 2007. The Fish Market offers small plates of food at the bar – all are under $3. The downside – you can only get this deal after 4 PM (I guess to prevent me from dropping in for a cheap lunch every day). For $2.95, I had three perfectly cooked Buffalo Style Shrimp with a big clump of Blue Cheese Cole Slaw. This is the best appetizer I have had in this decade for the price.
(these were cheaper than my class of wine – a glass of Goats Do Roam)
(Buffalo Shrimp with Slaw – photo taken Batman style – Pow!)
Vegetable Fries with Chipotle Ketchup (strong on the ketchup, weak on the chipotle) were also sampled. The sauce needs some work – but the fries are fine on their own. The pre-fried vegetables are/were green beans, carrots, zucchini, red peppers and maybe a few other long style veggies, all perfectly breaded and cooked. This appetizer was well worth the price but it is a small fry compared to the Buffalo Shrimp.
An intriguing choice among the small plates was a Codwich Slider with Cheddar Cheese – I was almost willing to have an allergic reaction to try that one. There is also an oyster special on Wednesdays – served as you like them. These small plate bar specials have been around at least 8 months, per Shawn the bartender. Better late than never for me but I feel the need to head back to make up for lost time!
Columbus Fish Market
40 Hutchinson Ave
1245 Olentangy River Road