When we ventured over to Pigeon Forge a few weeks ago to check out the 8 PM show at the Sable (sab-LAY) Theater, (http://www.sabletheater.com/), we drove over early so we’d have enough time to do a little shopping and then find a place for an early dinner.
I selected Bullfish Grill… It’s located just below the Sable Theater and its part of the DCL Foods Group, a company which manages several restaurants and restaurant chains. Within a couple hundred feet of Bullfish Grill, DCL Foods also operates Johnny Carino’s and Blue Moose. We’ve previously dined at Parkside Grill and Lakeside Tavern in Knoxville.
To learn more about the restaurants operated by DCL Foods, go to http://bullfishgrill.com/partners/.
The restaurant was busy…but large enough to accommodate what I’m sure was at least partially a pre-evening show crowd for all of the various evening entertainment venues operating in Pigeon Forge.
Of course, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg comprise a huge tourist area with many attractions. Some tourists actually visit the Smoky Mountain National Park! To learn about the many attractions in the area, just go to http://www.visitmysmokies.com/what-to-do/attractions/.
The bar area was on the other side of this wall of bottles… The dining area, bar and bathroom were all clean and we consider the décor as ‘tourist area upscale casual’. Since I only wear golf shirts, shorts and tennis shoes for at least 8 months a year, this environment is perfect for me!
Laurie started out our evening ‘on the town’ with a Dirty Martini ($6.00) and I ordered a Miller Lite beer. ($3.00) Laurie reported that her martini was pretty darn good!
We love good bread and Amy, our waitress, brought out a hunk of this nice warm chewy bread with a salted top and accompanied by soft butter. When I took this photo, both of us had already eaten a slice of bread!
We were really surprised and happy to find this entrée on the menu! It was the first time we’d tasted this fish since we went to Australia on vacation in 1989…
This was Laurie’s order of Barramundi with a lemon butter sauce. It was accompanied by white cheddar mashed potatoes. ($19.99) In Australia, Barramundi is referred to as poor man’s lobster. It has a nice meaty texture without any hint of a ‘fishy’ taste. Laurie also enjoyed her mashed potatoes…but she loved the Barramundi!
Entrées also came with a house or a Caesar salad. We chose the Caesar salad. (Failed to take a photo) It was very bland…just a salad with a faint hint of Caesar dressing. If we hadn’t known what it was supposed to be, we would have thought that it was a house salad with a bland creamy dressing.
I also ordered the Barramundi…in my case with the mustard dill sauce. For a side I chose the stone ground cheese grits. I would have never ordered grits before we moved south to East Tennessee but now I have grown to like them…if they’re done properly. These grits were pretty good and I also really enjoyed my barramundi!
FYI… Barramundi or Asian seabass are widely distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region from the Persian Gulf, through Southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia. Barramundi is a ‘loanword’ from an Australian Aboriginal language meaning "large-scaled river fish". Originally, the name ‘barramundi’ referred to a species of less desirable fish, but the name was appropriated for marketing reasons during the 1980s, a decision which has aided in raising the positive profile of this fish significantly. Although unusual, barramundi can reach up to 6 feet long and can weigh up to 130 lbs. The barramundi is a game fish but it is also farmed in Australia with operations gearing up here in the USA.
Other than the lackluster Caesar salad, Laurie and I really enjoyed our dinner at Bullfish! Our waitress, Amy, was very pleasant and helpful. We will return for more barramundi…and perhaps another dirty martini… Bullfish Grill is located at 2441 Parkway in Pigeon Forge Tennessee. Phone: 865-868-1000. Website: www.bullfishgrill.com.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave