Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 101

our taste: RESTAURANT REVIEW Food That’s Smokin’ Good For Food Baptized By Fire BY THE WEATHERFORD FOODIE My companion and I ventured out on a rainy Friday night looking for a good meal. I’ve had multiple people tell me how good Flames is so I decided to give it a try. I was so glad I did.  Flames Seafood Grill & Bar is part of a small chain of family-owned restaurants that started in Granbury in November of 2013. They opened its second location in Weatherford in September of 2015.   JULY 2016 Weatherford Foodie can be found at weatherfordfoodie.com and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yelp, Urbanspoon, Foursquare, and Pinterest. PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY But on this dark and stormy Friday, Flames was busy but not overly crowded. We were greeted by a smiling, well-dressed hostess, who exuded an air of professionalism as she led us to our booth, gave us menus to look over and informed us our server would soon be there. Before long our server arrived bearing a basket of smoking hot rolls, took our drink order, advised us of the nightly specials. Not able to agree on an appetizer, we ordered both the Flames seafood sampler, a combination of fried shrimp, calamari, two dipping sauces and a house-made crab cake, and the seared jumbo scallops with lemon caper sauce and rice pilaf. The scallops were pan-seared perfection and the sauce was a nice accompaniment. All components of the sampler were very enjoyable and quickly devoured. Both were excellent. The choices on the menu all looked good. My companion ordered the stuffed Redfish Alexander, which is a crab-stuffed redfish filet topped with creamy Alexander sauce and served with dirty rice and house vegetables. I was in the mood for a good steak so I selected the black pepper crusted New York steak cooked medium-rare. The 12-ounce New York strip comes with a port wine reduction sauce and is served with a baked potato and broccoli. My companion was delighted with her choice and was very pleased by the amount of fresh crab included in the dish, especially after sharing my crab cake. My steak was cooked perfectly to order and the port wine sauce was an ideal complement for the steak. Our ice tea glasses were never allowed to remain empty and we never felt that we were rushed at all. In order to have room for dessert, I was only able to eat a bit more than half of my steak and planned on taking the rest home for a snack. After carefully packing my steak in a to-go container, I left it on the table when I left. We ended our meal by sharing a piece of the lemoncello cheesecake, a good choice. The experience was very enjoyable, the food was good, nice surroundings, pleasant staff and moderate prices. I already have plans to return.   Flames Seafood Bar & Grill is open in Weatherford Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and is located at 1917 Martin Drive (in the spot once occupied by The Wild Mushroom) and can be reached at 817-5980776 or at www.flamesseafood.com. You can also visit the original location in Granbury at 1030 East Highway 377. 99