My family stopped by Dean’s last week to try out the food. We stopped by at about 6pm on a Sunday with a party of 4 and didn’t need reservations, but it seemed like they had a decent amount of people there.
Their menu is a bit different than most restaurants. What they want you to do is pick a kind of seafood off their “fresh fish” selection, 2 sides, and a sauce, and then they charge you about $17-$28 depending on which kind of seafood you picked. They also have other specialty plates like surf’n'turf, bowls or burgers, where the sides are selected for the meat or entree. I’m not sure it’s necessary to have 14 different sauces to choose from, as it made it really hard to make a decision. Maybe cutting it down to 8 would be better. Surely not many people order orange mint marmalade with their seafood?
I finally decided on the ridgeback swordfish with asparagus, roasted veggies, and a lobster cream sauce. I asked for a recommendation for the wine, and the server recommended the Fat Cat pinot grigio. My husband surprised me by not ordering steak, and instead got the Scottish salmon with a small Caesar salad and roasted veggies, and a chipotle hollandaise sauce. The kid’s menu appeared to be similar to those at other Rocky Top Hospitality restaurants, so my son trusted it would be good food and ordered the cheese pizza. The kid’s meals also come with a drink and dessert, all for only $6, so they’re pretty decently priced.
They brought out some nice hot bread to eat while we were waiting for the food. My husband’s salad came out first, per his request. He mentioned it was a bit “dry”, and I tasted it, and it really didn’t have much dressing on it. He said he probably wouldn’t order it again if it was going to be so bland.
Our fish entrees came out on very long, bare plates. My swordfish seemed like a big enough portion, but the veggies were a little sparse. I think they only gave me 5 spears of asparagus and just a handful of grilled veggies. I really liked the way the lobster sauce went with the swordfish, and the fish was deliciously fatty and moist. The Fat Cat really went well with the fish too. Though I was sad about the skimpy veggies, I think the swordfish portion filled me up well enough.
My husband had the same problem with a mostly bare plate, his more so because he only had one side (he already ate the salad). He really liked the salmon, but he thought perhaps the chipotle hollandaise sauce probably wasn’t the best to pair it with. Something lighter, with a bit of lemon probably would have been better.
My son really liked his cheese pizza, but it was huge. I swear the kid’s entree was twice the size of the adult ones, it doesn’t make sense at all. He ended up taking half of it home. Since the kid’s meal also comes with dessert, he got the cookies with whipped cream. They were messy, but he loved them. He had no problem making room for the cookies at the end.
I decided to try a dessert, since I had a little bit of room left. They had a creme brulee, so of course I went for that. When it came out though, I instantly regretted it. It was HUGE! The dish it came in was bigger than my entree. I think the waiter said it was 12 oz. Those spoons in the picture I took? Those are huge soup spoons. Of course, my husband can’t eat any on his diet, and my son was full from his cookies. And you can’t just scoop out the creme brulee and put it in a box for later. So I ate it by myself, and though it tasted great, I would never order a dessert that size again.
Our server was really nice and attentive the whole evening, and we really liked the fish. I just wish the portions for the sides were a little bit bigger, and the portion for the creme brulee was cut in half (or thirds). We’d definitely come back though, when we’re in the mood for some tasty seafood.