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Finally Fishing With Dynamite Tonight! Must-orders?

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After two months, I finally have a reservation for tonight.

My tentative ordering for two includes the SS Minnow, the whole tai snapper, squash rolls, and pretzel bread pudding.

Are there any other dishes that are must orders? I'm not really *that* big a fan of the cold seafood...so if other stuff is worth ordering, I might pick it over the SS Minnow.

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  1. The crab cake is quite good, as is the chowdah and Black Cod. All of the desserts are worthwhile, though I tend to get the Maple Pudding or Key Lime more than the Pretzel. If you ask nicely, they might even bring over an order of the incredible biscuits from next door.

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    1. re: New Trial

      Wow, really? The pretzel bread pudding was one of the best desserts I've ever had, while the maple pudding was tremendously disappointing. There was no maple flavor in the pudding... it was like the filling of banana cream pie, without the pie part... pretty meh.

      1. re: BacoMan

        Odd, unless they changed the recipe, it was definitely a maple-forward dish when I last had it in December. Sorry it did not work out for you.

        1. re: New Trial

          Now I wish I'd complained about it hah

          Oh well, it was just a $5 pudding I guess.

          But I really like maple, and was looking forward to that flavor =/ oh well...

    2. Shrimp Po Boy is great, if you love oysters, theirs are the best. They sometimes have a salad on the menu with grilled Arctic char and poached egg. I highly recommend that. Great fries. I love the crabcake. If you drink Manhattan cocktail, you will love theirs. My husband eats the bread pudding. I'm more of a savory person, so key lime pie for me. Have fun. One of our favorite restaurants.

      1. The sea food towers are great. The Uni is really really fresh and I loved the grilled octopus too.

        1. Perhaps should have read the replies first. Ended up going mostly with J Gold recs.

          Not sure how I feel about the meal, right now I would say it was good, but not memorable.

          We got the SS Minnow, and added scallops to it. The scallops were the best part of it. Should have just ordered a dozen of those, but oh well. The sauces on the side were pretty task, with a lot of variety, which was nice. Having eaten some raw clams at Connie and Ted's before going, the clams at FwD were tastier.

          Next up, squash rolls. Pretty tasting little things. Not necessarily mind-blowing, but tasty.

          Lobster dumpling pie. Eh... pretty much a failure of a dish. Kind of like cornbread + lobster bisque. It was not great. Messed up by ordering it.

          Whole Tai Snapper. Pretty good. Not sure why it was $48 when most whole fish are around $35... but it was at least an interesting preparation being fried whole. I had fun eating it, and the taste sensations were pleasurable. But I don't have any urge to rush back and order it.

          Pretzel bread pudding. This was the only truly memorable dish of the night. Salty, tangy, sweet, savory... the mascarpone ice cream's cool texture against the warm bread pudding... everything was perfect about the dish.

          Maple pudding. Basically the filling from a banana cream pie minus the pie part... not really any maple flavor. Pretty disappointing.

          Ordered a bunch of beers. Surprisingly good selection including red ale, sour ale, and belgian ale. So that was nice.

          Overall, it was just ok. At $110/person, I kind of expect better than just ok food though. I've had too many spectacular meals for that amount of money or less to really justify it. But even discounting the price point, I just don't see any reason for me to return. I'm sure I'll crave that pretzel bread pudding sometimes, but I'm not going to make reservations months in advance to pop in for some bread pudding...

          Overall, I feel like the only reason you have to make reservations two months in advance for this place is the size of the restaurant (20 seats?), not necessarily the quality of the food.

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          1. re: BacoMan

            Thanks for reporting back. I too felt like the food was good but no where near memorable or mind blowing. The bread pudding was the only thing that stood out.

            This place is great for South Bay standards, but not a destination restaurant by any means.

            1. re: TailbackU

              Is the MB Post any better? Or basically the same kind of thing?

              1. re: BacoMan

                MB Post is great. Wonderful small plates including the lamb belly, Brussels sprouts and those great bacon cheddar biscuits. Have never had a bad dish.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  "Have never had a bad dish" isn't the same as "every dish I've had has been great".

              2. re: TailbackU

                It's a destination restaurant for me.

                1. re: maudies5

                  Why?

                  1. re: BacoMan

                    Why? Because I love simply prepared, fresh seafood and FWD ranks among the best. I explained in my original post what I like. I recommended oysters, crab cake, shrimp po boy.

            2. I agree... I was not close to blown away by my meal their a couple months ago... thanks for sharing!

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              1. re: BrianBigDogg

                Yeah. Maybe seafood just isn't for me. I really feel that for $100+ per person the food ought to be mind-blowing.

                Oh well. I'll still try the MB Post for those biscuits and The Elvis.