On our way to lunch today, we spotted new building under construction on Boyscout, just west of Roy’s. The sign said “Coming soon – Eddie V’s Prime Seafood.” This Foodie had never heard of Eddie V’s before. Turns out, there’s a good reason for that. Eddie V’s is mostly a Texas chain, with restaurants in Scottsdale (AZ) and La Jolla (CA) as well (eight locations total). I looked at a few of the menus. Overall, the food looks pretty good. The prices are similar to Ocean Prime.
I was pleased to see that each location does have a slightly different menu. Some of the highlights (for me) were sides of crab fried rice and baby beets with walnuts, having your steak “carpet bag” style (“crisp batterfried oysters and béarnaise”), yellowtail sashimi (“cilantro, red chiles and ponzu”), and tartare of Pacific ahi tuna (“curry and sesame oils, sliced avocado, mango and citrus”). One thing that was weird to me is that each location I looked at offered “two 8 oz Tails, Broiled or Steamed with Drawn Butter.” Why not the whole lobster? To me, this says that they can’t or don’t want to get live lobsters. Which makes me question how fresh the rest of their seafood is.
The wine list was predictable. The glass selection is fairly small for some of the varietals but they also have some half-bottles, which is a nice option. Supposedly their cocktails are good but there’s no cocktail list on the site.
In addition to the aforementioned lobster issue, the other thing that turns me off is the emphasis on live jazz. Why must restaurants insist on ruining perfectly good ambiance with live music? It’s invariably too loud and often not very good either. If/when we try Eddie V’s, we’ll try to pick a time or a night with no live music.
Anyway, with all of the good local places that have opened lately that we haven’t gotten to yet (Boca, Edison, etc.), and with Roy’s practically next door, I’m not sure how long it will take to get us to Eddie V’s. But if we go, you know there will be a review.