A Smooth Day at Sea!!!!

“We kids feared many things in those days – Werewolves, Dentists, North Koreans, Sunday School – but they all paled in comparison with Brussels sprouts.” Dave Barry.

This Friday we traveled to The Whelk  in Westport,Connecticut for my birthday celebration dinner.

The Whelk

The Whelk

The Whelk is owned by the same person as Le Farm, where I spent last year’s birthday! When we entered, we were greeted by an extremely nice hostess, who welcomed me with a happy birthday (how did they know?), and guided us towards our table. We were then greeted by a very friendly waiter who  helped my mom find things to eat with no wheat or dairy,and then took our orders.  For our beverage order, we decided on homemade vanilla-lime soda , which was amazing.

Bubbly Delight

Bubbly Delight

To start our meal off, we ordered  tender salt cod, juicy lobster, and smooth scrambled eggs on a crunchy crostini,

Crusty Crostini

Crusty Crostini

as well as sweet and sour, warm Brussels sprouts drenched with silky olive oil (they just melted in your mouth!).

I'd fly to Brussels for these sprouts!

I’d fly to Brussels for these sprouts!

In addition we ordered an abundance of crispy, salty hand-cut fries drizzled with olive oil.

Mt. French Fry

Mt. French Fry

We tried to balance out the oil intake with a White Salad, tossed crisp raw vegetable, juice filled pears, tangy blue cheese, and flavorful, white balsamic.

The healthy part of the meal

The healthy part of the meal

Our entrees were made up of : roasted, succulent scallops with charred scallions and bacon that was crisped to perfection,

Savory Scallops

Savory Scallops

warm cornmeal fried Catfish that was as light as air and melted like butter in your mouth.

The Catfish swimming towards my belly

The Catfish swimming towards my belly

Finally we obtained: Black Back Flounder covered in hot butter and served with a side of rice and beans,

Very Buttery Flounder

Very Buttery Flounder

and a crispy fried chicken sandwich that was fried to absolute perfection and smothered in pimento cheese, covered in  toothsome bread and butter pickles.

Slightly slippery but still delicious

Slightly slippery but still delicious

The chicken was slightly slippery but that did not ruin the fried delight. The food was overall very good and was all farm/sea-to table. It was all fresh tasting as well.

For dessert, I ordered a Whoopie Pie (two hard, chocolate cake slices, with a creme- like center).

Not a big Whoop

Not a big Whoop

The Whoopie Pie was did not live up to my expectations, it was not a true Maine Whoopie Pie.   As I awaited the arrival of my food, I got a chance to look at the atmosphere of The Whelk. The Whelk has a seaside theme and has a very unique and interesting look to it. The service was very accommodating and  helpful. The value was quite expensive but good for a night on the town. Overall the Whelk was great, even with the few missteps and I would definitely go back soon. I would rate it ZZZZ- 4 Z’s- Yum.

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