Rockfish celebration starts tonight

Dine Downtown Baltimore starts its rockfish celebration tonight. The event, which runs through Monday, Feb. 28, features striped bass on the menu of 20 downtown restaurants.

The rockfish, of course, has been in the news. 


Start here with Candy Thomson's excellent introduction to the issues behind this story.

And just yesterday, Thomson had this story about the concerns of rival watermen associations.

In his editorial, Rob Kasper suggests that the illegal hauls is not a front-of-mind concern of area restaurant-goers.

Follow the story on Thomson's Outdoors Girl blog

Here's who's got what, rockfish-wise, starting tonight:

Centro Tapas Bar -- Churros de Pescado; crispy rockfish fritters with Estrella Damm beer coating and sweet almond aioli

Charleston - Pan-roasted with oyster & white button mushroom fricassée, lemon beurre blanc

Cinghiale -- Pan-roasted with cauliflower puree, hazelnut and anchovy brown butter

Diamond Tavern -- Appetizer - rockfish cakes with saffron cream sauce; entree -- soy glazed with edamame salad and baby bok choy

Grille 700 -- Pan seared fillet over a cardamom carrot puree finished with jumbo lump crab meat and fried leeks


La Scala -- Rockfish Imperial, a fillet topped with jumbo lump crab imperial, finished with a white wine sauce; Rockfish San Remo, a rockfish fillet topped with seasoned bread crumbs, oven baked and topped with fresh tomato

Lebanese Taverna -- Farm-raised rockfish, saffron couscous and chickpea pilaf, grilled vegetables, crispy onions and citron sauce

Maisy's  -- Appetizer -- rockfish croquette with squash spaghetti and a lemone beurre blanc sauce; entree: pan-seared rockfish with a wild mushroom medley, cauliflower and feta puree

McCormick & Schmick's -- Pan-seared rockfish served over a mushroom and lobster sauté, topped with a creole mustard buerre

Oceanaire Seafood Room --Four menu items: pan-seared Maryland rockfish cakes served over baby arugula with herbed lemon aioli and oven-roasted tomato & caper relish; grilled Maryland rockfish salad with baby spinach, pickled shallots, & warm bacon dressing; Maryland rockfish bouillabaisse, with sourdough crouton and tarragon oil; and grilled Marland rockfish with warm Mediterranean salad

Phillips Harborplace -- Appetizer -- rockfish & crab ceviche with avocado & topeko wasabi caviar; entree -- Roast rockfish with lobster mashed potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, sugar snap peas & lemon butter sauce

Pickles Pub -- Rockfish/Soft Shell "Fat Boy Club," a triple-decker club featuring fried rockfish, soft shell crab, bacon, American cheese and Old Bay ranch dressing

The Prime Rib -- Four preprations of Chesapeake rockfish: broiled with wine, lemon and butter; blackened; stuffed with crab imperial; or Vielle Maison, broiled and served with tomato, caper and onion sauce

Regi's -- "Dynamite Style" -- pan roasted wild rockfish topped with jumbo lump crab imperial over red bliss parsley potatoes and grilled asparagus. -- see Alan Morstein's much nicer description below!

Roy's has prepared a $55 three-course rockfish menu. Appetizer -- "Crab Dynamite"-crusted grilled rockfish; entree -- parmesan-crusted rockfish, with lobster potato rissotto and crab bique; dessert -- cold-smoked rockfish served with chef’s selection of cheeses

Ryleigh's Oyster -- Four menu items: trio of rockfish tacos; pumpkin-seed encrusted rockfish with fried rice and beer-braised  brussels sprouts; pan-seared rockfish with fried mashed potatoes; and grilled rockfish Romanesque

Sotto Sopra -- Appetizer -- rockfish ceviche served on potato crisps; seared Maryland rockfish with fennel-basil sauce, vegetable ragu and blood-orange brown butter

Talara -- Pan-seared rockfish served with sweet plantain-chorizo Hash, salsa fresca, and scallion creme fraiche

Taverna Corvino -- Flash-fried rockfish croquettes; cornmeal-encrusted and pan-seared, and topped with diced tomato and onion; or pan-seared and served with mixed citruses and white wine.

Tio Pepe -- Prepared five ways: Cordobesa style, sautéed with garlic, Serrano ham, artichokes and olive oil; A la Malagueña, with pinenuts, raisins and grapes; Marinera style, with shrimp, mussels, and green peas; stuffed with crabmeat; or "a la Vesca," in a garlicky green sauce, with asparagus, peas and boiled egg

Baltimore Sun photo -- Kenneth K. Lam


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