Big Fish Grill

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This is just one of those places where the pictures can do all the talking.

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I went to Big Fish Grill’s Kirkland location with my parents, where I got the Big Fish Seafood Marinara Fettucine ($18) – Scallops, prawns, clams, mushrooms, peppers, onion, feta cheese and Parmesan cheese. The portion was enough for four people and a warped understanding of serving sizes is a big part of America’s obesity crisis, but if there was ever a pasta to get fat on it is this one. Every bit was worth it, including the next day’s leftovers.

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An appetizer for sharing – Traditional Steamer Clams ($13) came in a broth of garlic, lemon, butter, leeks, onion and basil. The grilled sourdough bread is extraordinary.

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Perfect caramelization on a tender crust requires a skill and understanding on the part of the baker. Butter coming in a warmed container was thoughtful.

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Another good appetizer – Crispy Fried Calamari with Jalapeno-lime aioli ($11). The aioli was completely unnecessary because it overwhelmed the flavor and texture of the light, tempura-like breading.

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My parents had filet Mignon (topped with demi-glace and blue cheese crumbles with garlic mashed potatoes and zucchini, $28) and the day’s special: crab-stuffed halibut with mashed potatoes and zucchini. My mom said the halibut was too dry but I think the sauce made up for that. I couldn’t taste the crab which was a waste.

The potatoes were amazing and another reminder that understanding portion control before you go out to eat is important because restaurants will ignore it. Now that I think about it, Big Fish Grill is a great place for marathoners carbo-loading before a race. Not that I’m a marathoner or any kind of runner.

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Nautical ambiance steps away from Kirkland’s waterfront. Because of community efforts, the city of Kirkland aggressively acquired the best waterside real estate and made it into public spaces everyone in the community could enjoy. Civic participation in action.

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Big Fish Grill

10426 NE Northup Way, Kirkland, WA 98033

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