High Tide Seafood Bar & Grill, Gilbert AZ
Surf's up in Gilbert AZ!
Never mind that we're in the middle of the Desert and 400 miles from the Pacific Ocean!
This place makes you feel like you're on the coast in San Diego----or at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station, NYC!
When you walk in, the aroma of properly prepared seafood takes you to the shore automatically.
They specialize in steam kettle cooking that uses high pressure steam in dual-walled kettles. I've not seen that since I worked in The Big Apple in the 70's.
You can cozy up to the custom Terrazzo bar, order a cocktail, and watch the chef prepare your meal in their jacketed steam kettles right in front of you!
Appetizers include oysters, crab cakes, steamed clams, shrimp and mussels, Cajun shrimp boil, calamari and lobster mac & cheese and more.
Steam Pot Specialties are Cioppino, Louisiana Gumbo, a Tide Roast, that includes a brandy, lobster-citrus broth, crabmeat, shrimp, crawfish and clams in a tomato cream sauce: oysters can be added for $2. The King Pot is King Crab, Scallops, Salmon, Calamari, citrus scented mushrooms in a light saffron Cream Sauce!
They have other standard seafood dishes like Halibut, Salmon, Fish & Chips, etc. along with Burgers, Steaks, Chicken, Salads, etc.
My Bride had the Lobster Mac & Cheese and I had the Gumbo, loaded with Shrimp & Andouille and splurged the extra 2 bucks for the Oysters. Both were very good. The only thing the place lacks is a good bowl of Oyster Stew cooked in a steam kettle. I bet the next time I go in and ask the chef to whip up a bowl he might do it.
The décor is very comfortable and the place is large with high ceilings and tall windows; light, open and airy. There are no plastic lobsters & crabs hanging from the ceiling or lobster traps nailed on the wall. It's tastefully done.
The Chef, Eric Emlet's knowledge of seafood preparation was honed over eight years as Manager and Executive Chef at two restaurants in San Diego’s Mission Beach neighborhood where he drew a loyal following for his creative menus and distinct style.
If you're visiting in the Valley and tired of BBQ & Mexican, this is a great alternative. http://www.hightideseafoodbar.com/