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Back to Bluewater Grill

A few years back, Bluewater Grill used to be my family’s go-to seafood restaurant.  The fish was always fresh, the service on point and the warm crusty bread was enough to keep me coming back.

Then we had a few less than stellar experiences there and found ourselves discovering other seafood restaurants such as King’s Fish House and House of Big Fish.  We decided recently it was time to give Bluewater Grill another try, so agreed to have dinner at the Bluewater Grill at the District in Tustin.

I had never been to this location before, and I have to admit I was quite impressed by the restaurant when I walked in.  The interior was quite big, with a nice bar at the front and separate dining rooms for larger parties.  We were seated in a comfy booth in the back and were immediately served bread the minute we sat down.  I was pleased to discover that the bread was just as warm and delicious as I had remembered.

After ordering our drinks (beer for the Englishman, wine for the parents, and of course a martini for me), we began perusing the menu.  The Englishman is a big Clam Chowder fan, so he ordered a small cup of it to start.

Clam Chowder can be a tricky soup to get right, and Bluewater Grill nailed it.  It had the perfect balance of clams and potatoes and the texture of the soup was very nice.

For entrees, I decided to go with a grilled shrimp and scallop skewer with a side of vegetables and fries (yes, I got veggies AND fries).

The scallops were cooked perfectly and were loaded with flavor.  The shrimp was slightly overcooked, but still tasted quite nice.  The vegetables were prepared nicely without too much oil or butter, and the fries were piping hot.  It was a delicious meal.

My mom got the grilled salmon with rice pilaf and vegetables.

I am NOT a salmon fan at all, but I did enjoy the flavor of this dish which is saying a lot.  I wouldn’t go so far to say that I would order my own order of salmon, but I found the flavor nice and the fish was light and flaky.

My dad ordered the sandabs with vegetables and roasted tomatoes.  He loved his dish and enjoyed every last bite.

The Englishman ordered fish ‘n chips and thought they were quite good but could’ve used a little more salt.  I tasted the fish ‘n chips and thought they were good as well, but I’m not a fish ‘n chips expert like he is.

I’ll have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by Bluewater Grill.  The service was great, the food was prepared well and served in a timely fashion and the District location has a good vibe to it.

Bluewater Grill, you are officially back in my seafood restaurant rotation.

OC Beer and Wine Week Kick Off Party

OC Beer and Wine Week is a special event where restaurants offer prix fix menus that pair a dish with the appropriate glass of wine or beer.  Many restaurants offer these special menus at more affordable prices so everyone can try something new with the right wine/beer pairing.

The Englishman and I attended the OC Beer and Wine week kick off party where the wine was a flowin’ and the beer pours were plenty.  Held at the District in Irvine, the party had various beer and wine stations across the District promenade where you could have up to 8 beer or wine pours of your choice.  Restaurants from the District and other vendors provided nourishment to go along with the beverages.

When we arrived we were given nice OC Beer and Wine week commemorative glasses and a wine opener along with our punch card for our 8 free pours.  As in true fashion, the Englishman headed straight for the beer and I went straight for the wine.

I started with the Reserve Estate Zinfandel from Hammersky Vineyards and loved the smoothness of this wine.  It had no weird aftertaste which was a bonus in my book.

The Englishman started with the Shocktop Pumpkin Ale, which he enjoyed although he said was quite “syrupy-sweet.”  And while it was a good beer, it didn’t hold a candle to the Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale we have at home.

For round 2, I went with the Veedercrest Cabernet Sauvignon, which wasn’t nearly as nice as the Hammersky Zinfandel.  I ended up pouring some of it out because the flavor was just off.

The Englishman’s second round was a beer from Laguintas, which wasn’t his favorite either.  So round two left us feeling a bit disappointed.

We decided to venture to the other section of the promenade where we were pleasantly surprised to see my aunt handing out loaves of Sadie Rose bread (she works with the company) so we chatted with her and my uncle while quickly scrounging loaves to take home with us.  And for the record, Sadie Rose has quite delicious bread that can be found at many restaurants so be sure to check them out.

By this point, I had decided to slow on my wine consumption as I was our driver for the evening, but the Englishman decided to spend some time over at the Noble Ale Works stand and ended up trying almost all of their beers.  He thought they were the strongest of all the beers that were offered, but didn’t think they were too bad overall.

Overall it was a great night!  We got to try some new beer and wine, catch up with family, and came home with 3 freshly baked loaves of bread.  Quite the successful evening if you ask me.

OC Beer and Wine Week is running until October 8th!  Be sure to check it out!