Dean's Seafood Grill and Bar is Cary's new home for fresh seafood and oysters. The menu changes weekly with fresh catch options sourced from top notch providers all over the U.S. and even N.C. You can also enjoy a variety of specialty oysters shucked and served to perfection. Not only can you enjoy delicious seafood, but Dean Ogan, owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, wants you to be educated on the fish you are eating. The menu includes information about where the fish came from, what kind of flavor it has and other interesting facts. If you're really curious, some of the fish arrives to the restaurant with the name of the fisherman and boat along with the ocean coordinates explaining where the fish was caught. Talk about fresh!
Aimee, director of corporate relations for Rocky Top Hospitality, and I started off our meal at Dean's with a speciality cocktail. I enjoyed the pomegranate and guava martini, made with Tito's vodka, Pama Liqueur and cranberry juice. My cocktail was beautifully garnished with guava foam and an edible flower.
I will forever have dreams of the Prince Edward Island mussels. The mussels were tender and served with chorizo and fresh tomatoes in a Harissa-butter and wine sauce. The grilled ciabatta was crunchy and soaked up every last drop of the delicious, mildly spicy sauce. I highly suggest ordering the Prince Edward Island mussels for an appetizer to share.
Aimee and I debated on what to order; the entire menu looks amazing! After much debate, I decided on the pan seared Scottish salmon. Scottish salmon from northern Scotland produces a superior flavor and texture compared to its Atlantic brethren. This salmon is higher in fat content with a leaner muscle, making this fish what's considered, "the best in the world." For my accompaniment I ordered the Harissa garlic butter, which included excellent spices like chili, cumin and coriander. Each fresh fish entree is served with an accompaniment and two sides. The brie and roasted tomato macaroni and cheese was phenomenal and extra cheesy. I am a huge fan of Brussels sprouts and these were tender and roasted to perfection.
Aimee ordered the pan seared N.C. trigger fish, which was a generous portion. This locally caught fish was accompanied by grilled zucchini and mushroom risotto with a fresh tomato jus. Trigger fish has a mild, sweet flavor and Aimee seemed to enjoy her dish.
We had to sample one of Dean's original homemade desserts to finish our phenomenal dinner. After much back and forth between the white chocolate banana bread pudding or something chocolatey, we agreed on the peanut butter brownie cake served with chocolate ganache. The cake was extremely rich and velvety. If you are a peanut butter and chocolate lover, this cake is for you. Make sure you have someone to help you successfully demolish the huge portion!
For those of you who aren't a fan of seafood, don't fret. At Dean's there are plenty of options like steaks, ribs, pastas and more. The restaurant is family-friendly or perfect for a date night. The walls are even lined with photographs of Dean's fishing excursions in Alaska. You'll definitely feel at home and amongst good company at Dean's Seafood Grill and Bar in Cary.