In case you didn't catch it yesterday, here's a teaser version of the Four Stars Feedback column from yesterday...got a call from a reader this morning who says all you have to do is ask for the garlic prawns at Harbor View Cafe and they'll serve them up for you. I'm in!
The catch of the day is shrimp — I've netted a boatload of ideas from readers on where to go to find outstanding shrimp dishes in the eight-county area.
That's the Four Stars mission for this month, finding four can't-miss places for shrimp, whether as an appetizer, entree or (gulp!) dessert. Fortunately, no one came forward with a shrimp Jell-O salad, cookies or smoothie, but I've landed some good tips, including this one from a reader whose initials are V.S.:
"The only dish that I crave is the Shrimp Fra Diavolo at Pescara in Rochester. Being Italian, I appreciate a good red sauce and this sauce is so good that it tastes good on anything or alone...Pescara's Shrimp Fra Diavolo is by far the best-dressed shrimp in town."
Then there's the "remarkable price and the nice drive" that leads to to the Twin Bluff Cafe in Nelson, Wis., just across the river from Wabasha. Personally, I was hoping for a shrimp special at the Harbor View Cafe in Pepin this past weekend, but no luck — had to settle for an awesome tenderloin, instead.
Closer to home, I got a tip from a reader regarding the shrimp appetizer at The Restaurant, in the former Chardonnay house on Second Street Southwest in Rochester...I checked that out as well as the small plate of garlic shrimp at Nosh, overlooking the harbor in Lake City.
A few readers recommended the paella at Nosh and one other restaurant, but the shrimp would be just a role-player in paella or another seafood medley. Other readers recommended the Outback Steakhouse and its irresistible shrimp on the barbie.
Send me your tips and in the meantime, look for the next Four Stars column on Tuesday, Aug. 30, when I'll share the secrets of shrimp in the Rochester area.