Order this... Seafood Louis

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:30pm


We made another great dinner discovery the other day — the Seafood Louis at the Harbor Grill in the Harborside Inn. Its modest name barely describes this seafood dish, which is made with a bit of Southern twang.

Chef Andy Brushett’s Seafood Louis begins with pan-seared shrimp and sea scallops, which are then sautéed with applewood smoked bacon and finished with a lemon white wine and tabasco pepper butter sauce. All of this lovely seafood and its sauce are served over a terrine of grits blended with blue crab, gouda cheese and garlic. It comes together deliciously — savory and steamy. For shrimp and grits, it’s a Mercedes Benz.

Chef Andy said, “This is our most popular. People have been talking. A table of 10 people came in recently and nine of them ordered this dish.”

Andy has been cooking professionally for over 30 years — the last seven at the Harbor Grill. He grew up in North Smithfield, R.I., and first learned from his mom, Florence, who was “an awesome cook.” She had quite a challenge. Andy and his three brothers were big, hungry guys — all over 6 feet tall. Besides making the meals, Andy learned “economizing in the kitchen and feeding a crowd.” All of this was good preparation for his career.

We can’t miss mentioning the Harbor Grill’s co-owners Katie Simlick and Marc Scortino. They’ve worked at redefining the dinner menu, making it more streamlined and upbeat, and adding their own warm, personal touches.

Marc’s favorite menu item is short ribs, which are braised for more than five hours and served over fresh wild mushroom ravioli with vegetables and a light pan gravy. Think of this as an early fall choice while you sit looking out over Old Harbor on the covered deck or inside in the spacious dining room. — Becky Ballard

Harbor Grill at the Harborside Hotel is located on Water Street. The phone number is (401) 466-2828.