Dr. Fishbone a real “Catch”

July 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Opinion

I had the opportunity to eat at a brand new restaurant Thursday night in Florence, “Dr. Fishbone”, and from the time I walked in though the door I knew it was going to be a great experience. The smell of fried shrimp and cornbread arose and lightened my senses and made me realize just how hungry I was.

The restaurant is themed around the cookbook that was created over two years ago “Cooking and Fishing with Dr. Fishbone,” which has a variety of recipes from all over the great state of South Carolina. Southern collard greens, lace fried cornbread, and chicken bog are just the beginning of what the book has to offer. The cookbook is divided into sections including Little Food, Soups and Stews, Sides and Casseroles, Big Food, Biscuits and Breads, Sumptin Sweet and Other Stuff. There is even a section called Cookin Big which gives complete instructions for barbecuing a pig and your basic oyster roast.

I had many decisions to make when deciding what I wanted to eat, but since I have a shellfish allergy it broke down the options a little bit more. For starters we had hand breaded fried green tomatoes with a special dipping sauce on the side. The main entree was a real treat, as I had stone ground yellow grits with cheese and fresh fried catfish. There was also broccoli cornbread in the shape of a fish on the side that melted in your mouth with each bite that you took. There was something different about the food, and it was a good something. I think it may have been the fact that everything had been hand prepared and was market fresh which is what made the difference.

I am recommending this restaurant to everyone, even if you don’t like fish or seafood there are other items to suit your taste buds. Everything from salads to seafood are prepared at Dr. Fishbone, you pick what will make your taste buds sing!