For too many years, Flying Fish has sat collecting dust in the "Is it a hole" department. Something about it seemed chainy. It fit so well into its environment that it confused the department's editors. After a recent visit, I pulled it out of the department. It is in fact a small chain with about five or six other locations. However, because of the character of the Fort Worth location, the cool flying fish logo, my continued support, and my need to write more reviews I think it qualifies under this blog's charter.
If you haven't been, Flying Fish is a casual cajun/southeast Texas/bayou type joint. You order off a big menu board and the items range from salads with grilled fish, to po-boys, catfish, gumbo, crawfish, and shrimp dishes. They've also got big schooners of your adult beverage of choice. Most of the fish is fried and most of the sides are on the fried side, but they also serve grilled fish dishes with grilled veggie sides for those of you looking to live longer than the rest of us.
Because I've h ad a lot of different items, I let you in on my favorites. I get the fried grouper po-boy in the summer and when its cold, I'll get the gumbo.
The gumbo is chock full of fresh and tasty ingredients and is flavorful. You can actually feel bites of the vegetables and meats as opposed to just tasting them. Plus, with the free crackers, you can make a meal pretty easily. In the winter, there isn't a better dish than a warm stew/gumbo/soup and the Flying Fish gumbo works for me. The deliciousness has been verified by a gumbo expert.
My summer favorite dish is the fried grouper po-boy and I get it snappy. Ordering something snappy gets it spicy but its fun because you can say it with sass. Each time the grouper po-boy comes out, the fish is twice the size of the bread. I like that although it makes it cumbersome to eat. Nobody cares since you're at such a casual place, but I judge people that eat sloppily and assume they're judging me.
By the way, a few years ago I took a trip down to Biloxi for three or four days and tried a different po-boy every day. The po-boy at Flying Fish would be about above average for what I had in the Mississippi coastal area.
If you haven't been to Flying Fish try it out on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday after church. Grab a beer and a basket of food and sit on the patio. You'll enjoy the vibe and the food.
Let me know if you've been and if you've got other opinions.
Flying Fish is located at 2913 Montgomery Street across from the Railhead.