The Fish House (10000 SW 56th St, Miami)…..that’s right, a seafood place. How did I end up here? Let me explain cause it’s a great question.
Months ago, someone mentioned to me on Instagram that there was a seafood spot I needed to check out located in the gray area between Westchester and Kendall that was serving up a Pat LaFrieda Beef Burger. It’s not exactly easy to find that in South Florida; the last time I remember having one was at OTC a few years back (and unfortunately, they’re now gone).
I’m not a big seafood fella, but I am willing to give it a go if it’s fresh. The only restaurant I frequent with any regularity is La Camaronera.
First Time is a Charm
I love me an excellent Lobster Bisque and make no bones about it; this one is excellent. Since I was still dipping my toes, I also went to the Buffalo Shrimp route, which went perfectly with an ice-cold beer. They’ve got a great selection of local craft beer, too, while we’re at it.
The House Burger is served on a pretzel roll with the usual suspects (lettuce, tomato & onion). I remove them but not before I snap a picture for my burger photo album. So I add cheese, but that shouldn’t be a surprise. I would never have thought that I’d find this great a burger in a seafood restaurant in a million years.
A Mango Cheesecake puts the cherry on top. I’m full, happy and impressed. I’ll be back, I say to myself.
The Fish House Pictures Visit 1
A Return with Backups
It’s a mid-week afternoon, and I think my Pops should be home soon from work. I also text Freddy to find out what he’s up to. Next thing I know, I’m meeting my parents and the Fredster at the Fish House.
We have a brief conversation about what I enjoyed last time. There is no method to the madness of our ordering that happens next. This is what the *appetizer order looked like: Cup of Lobster Bisque, Fish Croquetas, Buffalo Shrimp, 20 Chicken Wings in Hot Sauce, Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Broiled Oysters w/Parmesan Cheese & Garlic Butter.
I don’t have one bad thing to say about any of it, maybe just that I didn’t find the hot sauce on the chicken wings hot at all. Speaking of hot sauce, they’ve got a house-made hot sauce that will annihilate you. If that sauce had been on the wings, I probably would have spent the rest of my meal trying to recover so that it may have been a blessing in disguise.
My parents split a Scallop Skillet, I go with the Blackened Chicken on Garlic Cream Linguini, and Fred does the SOB Burger. My dish comes with a salad, which is automatically inherited by my Mom.
The Scallop Skillet’s smell is intense and placed right next to me. It looked great, and they raved about it. Next.
The SOB Burger is a beauty. Fred said the first bite is a taste of amazingness. I believe him.
As for my pasta dish, they nailed it. I was probably about 3 bites in when I started doing the old, “I’d come back here just to have this dish” commentary. Wow. I loved it and will continue to love it, just like the profound love in The Notebook.
The Fish House Pictures Visit 2
You didn’t think we’d walk away without some dessert, did you? We agree on a Mango Cheesecake and House-made Flan to share. My dad and I order Cafecitos (Espressos) to have with our dessert. There’s also Cafe con Leche on the menu if that’s more your speed. The flan, while good, isn’t sweet enough to hook me. The Mango Cheesecake did not disappoint again.
If you find yourself lost in Miami between Kendall and Westchester, if you’re hungry or starving, then do I have the place for you…..
*On my second visit, the owner Angela recognized me when I arrived and gave me a restaurant tour (which included a cool spot where they host live music). She also comped some of the appetizers. It had no bearing on my thoughts of the Fish House as I could have easily just not mentioned something I didn’t care for. It was a nice gesture on her behalf, though.