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Re: “Hawthorne Fish House

I ordered the halibut -- their spendiest fish -- and, god I was hungry. It was awful, just like Moi said (two years ago!)... "chewey, dry and bland."You have to gulp it down, like you'd chewed up a wad of paper. I ordered the halibut because I thought I knew what to expect from halibut. I grew up on it. So, I mentioned to our server that it was very not-good, chalky. She went off to tell the manager (I didn't ask her to! I just thought that maybe this was an exception they should know about).

Anyway, she came back with word from the manager that 1. yes the halibut is dry, and maybe I should have used more of their tartar sauce (which is just mayo with some specks in it); 2. next time, I should order the Cod; 3. the halibut is expensive because it's harder to catch.

Harder to catch? Dang, it's not like I was ordering blowfish. I know that halibut doesn't have to suck. You have to work at it to make it suck. So, essentially, they acknowledged that the food sucked, and told me that I shouldn't have ordered it if I wanted actual food. But if I was going to get Halibut, I would be paying for the novelty of it. It's harder to catch!

Eat there if you have celiac disease, or if you are a pain in the ass about food (you know who you are), because your dining-out options are so limited. You'd still get way better gluten-free seafood at a Vietnamese restaurant. But otherwise... don't do it. We came in during prime time on Saturday night, and the place was barren, and they had a "seat yourself" sign up. In the Hawthorne district. At dinnertime. On Saturday night.

Posted by ilsita on 08/23/2009 at 3:31 AM

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