Gabe and I had the opportunity to check out Mangroves for dinner and after sampling the brunch treats, I knew we were in for a treat. The first thing I noted was the size of Mangroves menu. There were no more than 4 items per category. I usually find that restaurants who opt for smaller menus perfect their dishes vs. those restaurants who have a menu the size of a book.
We started off with a pitcher of Sangria. Gabe is a HUGE fan of Sangria. His Sangria snob factor is equal to mine of wine. He told me multiple times that Mangroves Sangria was in his top two.
Once we heard the specials of the night, for the first time in our 3+ year relationship, this happened: Gabe ordered soup and I ordered salad. I am a soup girl and usually go straight for it. Not this time! Gabe ordered the Creole Crab Bisque. It was very good and had a great amount of crab but in Gabe's words, just coming back from NOLA, it could have used a little more Creole spice. I am not knocking on the soup though, again, very good.
While Mangroves had a great fish lineup, I was craving red meat. I have been to multiple food events over the past week who featured a lot of fish dishes (not complaining). Unless we are at a Steak House, I generally order fish or chicken. I also try to order opposite from Gabe but tonight, we both opted for a red meat entree.
Mine - WOW. My first gut reaction was that I didn't want to order a Filet at Mangroves. I am a Filet snob and Mangroves isn't a prime steakhouse. Yet our server strongly suggested it and I caved in, thank the lord. When I sit here and tell you that this filet was hands down up there with Ruths Chris, I am not lying or exaggerating. It was perfect, from the temperature it was cooked, the flavor and most important, the tenderness. It cut like butter and I loved every moment of it. Please - do yourself a favor. If you go to Mangroves for dinner, order this dish. Of everything I have ate this week, it was hands down my favorite.