Bonefish – Bang-Bang Worth Your Buck!

Sunday, April 28, 2013 - by Willie Mae

My son Jack took me out for dinner at Bonefish Grill on Gunbarrel Road. I had been there before but had never written about it and would enjoy telling you about their delicious food.

You do have to go through a revolving door to enter. I don’t know why I don’t like them - they just make me nervous. I would like to ask an architect sometime why it is they are used, as I see no purpose for them.

Bonefish is dark and, though I prefer more lighting, I am sure couples searching for a romantic evening would find it the perfect atmosphere.

The tables are covered in a brown paper bag. Well, at least it is brown paper bag material. I am sure it makes for easy clean up, but for a somewhat pricey restaurant, I would expect real table cloths.

This was the one time Jack could get me to have a drink before our meal because I love their raspberry martinis for $7.90. Of course, I ordered water along with it and I sipped it slowly so that I would be able to maneuver the revolving door with no trouble when we left.

Jack loves to get their Bang-Bang Shrimp for $8.90. I like their seared tuna for $9.70, but I got that  the last time so we shared the Bang-Bang. I must admit that it is delicious. They have just the right amount of spice. Even though I like spicy food, sometimes you can overdo it, but they have it just right so that you can experience all of the flavors. The shrimp is lightly battered with a tasty sauce and presented on a bed of lettuce. There is enough for two and at a good price (though the way Jack put them away, I think he could have handled his own appetizer).

I guess we weren’t in the mood much for seafood, because we both ordered chicken. Though their scallops looked wonderful, I have made it a favorite dish in ordering Lily’s Chicken. I just love the artichoke, spinach and goat cheese combination and topped with a lemon-basil sauce.

Jack ordered the same dinner for 12.90 which comes with two sides. My boy doesn’t like to eat good-for-you vegetables so when he gets sides, he does pretty good to order something green. He chose Potatoes Au Gratin and Steamed Green Beans. I wanted their Steamed Asparagus and they had something new called “Lemon-Kissed Quinoa”.

I could have gone with something basic, but I like trying new things especially if I have never heard of it before. I didn’t know what a quinoa was, but I was sure it would be interesting.

I believe it was a type of grain and they prepared it in a cold salad with diced tomatoes and green bell peppers. It had a granular texture and somewhat grassy flavor which blended nicely with the tomato and bell pepper. They also added edamame. The dim lighting made me think it was lima beans, but that would have been all wrong. The little soy bean was a nice touch. I was glad I tried it and would have it again. The waitress said it was a healthy food. No wonder Jack wouldn’t try it!

My asparagus was enormous! I had never seen such large spears unless it was hanging on a wall. I was certain the Jolly Green Giant himself had to have been back in the kitchen! Now, I am picky about my asparagus and I think the larger spears are tougher and I avoid them when buying them at the store, but these were perfectly tender and easy to cut and chew.

My photos didn’t come out well in the dark. You can go on their website to see the food better. Jack seemed to enjoy his chicken, but he said he would have been just as happy with another order of Bang-Bang. I loved my chicken but it is a large serving so I had some left over. For the price, it is nice to take the rest home and it is good reheated the next day. There wasn’t any shrimp left to take home though. Jack made sure and got his buck’s worth of the Bang-Bang!


Shogun – Rules The Roost

Lois and I talked Phil into going out to dinner with us and trying a Japanese place close to them on Gunbarrell Road called Shogun. I have eaten sushi there before, but had never written about it. A young lady led us to a table quite different than where I sat before and I never knew this part existed. It was one of those tables where they cook in front of you. I really wanted ... (click for more)

Chattanooga To Host Inaugural U.S. Pizza Team Trials

Mellow Mushroom Chattanooga (downtown) will join the U.S. Pizza Team to host their inaugural National Pizza Trials on Thursday, De.c 11, at 6 p.m. The winner of the competition will earn a spot on the United States Pizza Team and will travel with the team to compete in the World Pizza Championships in Parma, Italy in May. The National Pizza Trials will include a Culinary Competition ... (click for more)

Erlanger Board Chairman Says Law Firm Okays Process For Approving $1.7 Million In Manager Bonuses

Erlanger Board Chairman Donnie Hutcherson said Tuesday night that a law firm has approved the process used by the board to award $1.7 million in manager bonuses. The board had held up on awarding the bonuses until a review of the process could be carried out. The bonuses were not discussed at the regular board meeting, but at a private dinner session where the board talks ... (click for more)

City Council Approves On 1st Reading Uber App-Dispatched Transit Service After Lengthy Debate

The City Council on Tuesday night, after lengthy debate and study, approved on first reading regulations for App-dispatched transit services like the popular Uber. The ordinance, sponsored by Ken Smith and Chris Anderson, also makes changes in rules for conventional taxi companies. In favor were Council members Smith, Anderson, Carol Berz, Jerry Mitchell, Larry Grohn and Chip ... (click for more)

A Letter To The NAACP

I believe when a "unarmed" man is evil, he will try to beat a police officer on his head in hopes to knock him out, in hopes to kill him. We saw the bruises on the officer's face.  This evil force tried to take his gun away from him , Proof was in the autopsy.  Why did Michael Brown  try to take his gun away from him? Exactly, to kill the officer.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Advice: Just Be Normal

Matthew Kerlin, by his own admission, claims to be just a normal guy. But I am of the opinion, after reading his speech following Samford University’s Winter Commencement exercises, that the university’s Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life is a bit more than that. Dr. Kerlin knows college kids well and his advice to the most recent flock of America’s graduates resonates with brilliance. ... (click for more)