Big Fish Grill (Glen Mills, PA)
In a word, FANTASTIC! I have been a fan ever since I discovered the first BFG in Rehoboth, DE. My only problem was I lived in the Wilmington area and driving to the beach was a bit much on a week night. (And yes, I have done that a few times.) Not any more. Now I have my very own BFG not more than 30 minutes from the house.
I have been twice since the beginning of the year, a Tuesday and Wednesday. The place is in the former American Grill building for those familiar with the location. To say they did a bang up job on the decor/design would be an understatement!
They have five individual seating areas. Two smaller, more intimate dining areas are on the left hand side of the building (Dining Room's #1 & #2), while there is a Private Dining Area that seats approximately 20 people in its own enclosed room, in the middle of the restaurant. On the right hand side of the building is the large open air Main Dining Room with hardwood floors, accompanying 15 seat Bar and separate Oyster Bar. The bar area has 9 large screen HD TV's. Both nights we were there, the TV's were muted, allowing those at the bar to talk and eat in peace. If you want to people watch or be seen, you want to be here in the Main DIning Room area. I prefer the quiet, serene atmosphere of DIning Room #1.
Now on to the food...
Their salads are a wonderful combination of fresh greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts and cheeses. And while they are not overly large, they are good enough for two people. Yes, two people. I had the Goat Cheese Salad with fresh greens, pecans, roasted red peppers and raspberry vinaigrette ($5.95) on both occasions. Very good. She has sampled the Spinach Salad with chopped eggs, bacon, gorgonzola and apple cider vinaigrette ($4.95) and their Chopped Salad with carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, shoe peg corn and buttermilk garlic ranch ($4.95). Again, both were very good and more than enough.
Our first visit saw the GF stepping out of her comfort range and ordering the 1.5 lb Steamed Lobster with two sides ($21.95). It's been awhile since either of us have had lobster, but considering this is lobster season, it was on point and delicious. She had them break the crustacean down so that it was a little more manageable. The lobster meat was firm, yet tender and succulent. It came with the usual drawn butter and accompanying shoestring fries. The fries were excellent; just the right amount of salt and cooked to perfection. Unfortunately, I cannot remember her second side.
I had the Pecan Dusted Alaskan Halibut over Mashers and Baby Carrots with Tropical Fruit Salsa ($22.95). Felt like I was outside at an ocean front restaurant, with the fresh smell of the salt air caressing my nose. The fish was fresh as can be and cooked/seasoned to perfection; hot and steamy, yet moist on the inside. The light pecan crust added a nice textural component to the dish, while the tropical fruit salsa provided a bit of brightness. The Mashers were rustic with bits of potatoes throughout and were also seasoned just right.
On our second visit, she ordered the Parmesan Cheese encrusted Halibut with Shoestring Fries and Sauteed Spinach ($19.95). Once again, the fish was cooked/seasoned to perfection, but this time we both felt the parmesan cheese crust clashed with the fish. The cheese gave the fish a bit of an off taste. Not a good pairing in our book. Maybe it is our palates, but while edible, it would not be a dish we would order again or recommend. The Fries and Spinach were excellent sides.
I ordered the Fish 'n Chips, Beer Battered Cod with Shoestring Fries and Coleslaw ($19.95). Mind you, I rarely order fried seafood as I find it too greasy and usually laden with a heavy batter. On this night, I was craving for Fish 'n Chips and I made the right choice! This was without a doubt the best F&C's I have had in my lifetime. No exaggeration! What made this F&C's so different was the way they prepared the cod. There was no heavy batter. They salt/pepper the cod and then dust it in their own seasoned flour. No egg wash (at least I didn't detect any). Because of this method, the cod was not encrusted in a greasy, heavy batter. This F&C's was light and airy. For a moment I thought they had used Panko crumbs, but upon further inspection I realized it was something else. I asked the waitress if she would inquire for me and she came back and told me about the seasoned flour. The portion was more than generous and was piping hot upon arrival. When I cut into the dish, the crust gently yielded revealing a hot, moist piece of cod. Both the fish and I were very happy. The shoestring fries were once again tasty. The coleslaw was well seasoned with very little mayonnaise, but just enough to combine the slaw.
On both nights the wait staff was cheerful, courteous and attentive.
If you are searching for a fish restaurant that serves consistent meals, is reasonably priced and offers a variety of dishes, look no further than this location in Glen Mills, PA. While their dress code is casual, you can certainly entertain business clients, or hold a special celebration in their Private Dining Room and feel right at home. If you are looking for a quiet meal, they can accompany you in Dining Room #1 or #2. If you want to hangout with your friends and people watch, their Main Dining Room is the place. Or, if all you want is a great meal while you watch the game, pony up to the bar and have fun. Regardless of your needs, Big Fish Grill can accommodate your wishes.
While the GF had the misstep with one of her entrees, we would both highly recommend Big Fish Grill. For us, it serves that niche we have been looking to fill: a fantastic fish house that is relatively close by our Wilmington location. If you like fish give Big Fish Grill a try.
Big Fish Grill
(Brinton Lakes Shopping Center)
981 Baltimore Pike
Glen Mills, PA 19342
wow........in between the last post and this I went and checked out their menus..........i think I lost a keyboard with all the drooling..........will have to try it out soon. alas...no clams.not even dreaded clam strips........and I saw at least one of their places offers "Manhattan" Clam Chowder (that's Tomato soup with fish for some of us!)....but Oysters and Shrimp looked intriguing!
Now If i can just figure out what a Middle neck clam is........besides some copywiter's wet dream.......... I see it all over google, but as a kid, never heard of it. I assume it's somewhere between a littleneck and a quahog.......what used to be known as Cherrystones, maybe?
No middleneck does refer to size. And they are bigger than littleneck and smaller than cherrystones.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/179483 is a chowhound topic discussing middle vs little necks.
From one of the websites in that discussion here is a table of clam species/sizes
Cherrystone 3-4 per pound 2 inch hinge
Topneck 5-7 per pound 1 1/2 inch hinge
Middleneck 7-9 per pound 1 1/4 inch hinge
Littleneck 10-13 per pound 1 inch hinge
7/8 Inch 14-18 per pound 7/8 inch hinge
Pasta 18-25 per pound 3/4 inch hinge
Thanks for the update! Now I know I"m old!..Growing up on Cape Cod, I only remember Littlenecks, Cherry Stones, and Quahogs (or sometimes "Chowdah") clams. As for the two at the bottom of the list, they were considered "seeders" and you weren't supposed to touch those puppies so they could breed. Guess in the age of "farm-raised" (do they use seahorse and dogfish to corral them?), it's ok to market them.
Great review, and well deserved. An associate and I had lunch there last week as we were both craving good fish and chips. As genevapics said, the BEST EVER. I won't describe it any further as their description would totally mimic mine. Great to have this restaurant, as I had never been to any of their other locations This is of great advantage to me since my office is about fifteen minutes, and twenty five to my house. I'll be back would be an understatement! WELL DONE BFG!!!!
The food is the same at all three locations; excellent. The difference is that both the Rehoboth and Wilmington-Riverfront locations can be a bit noisy due to their vast, open dining areas. The Glen Mills location has the two smaller Dining Rooms (#1 & #2) that allows for a more serene dining experience. Other than that, there is really no discernible difference among the three locations.