I was in Tuscaloosa for the week and asked many around for restaurant recommendations. Chuck's Fish kept coming up. I am so glad that I went to check it out. It was fantastic. I'm not sure that this is true but, one local that I spoke with said that Chuck's gets some of it's fish fresh from the Gulf and Mobile, AL.
Seafood wise, this establishment reminds me of a locally owned Bonefish type of restaurant. The type of seafood that you will find here (or that I found on my one trip) reminded me of cooking styles that I might see at a Bonefish grill. The atmosphere is similar too - although with a local flare that I appreciated. This is my type of atmosphere and my type of seafood.
There were many great options on the menu. I ended up going with one of the Catches of the Day - per my waiter's recommendation. The fish that I chose was Red Snapper. This was my first time eating Red Snapper and it was fantastic. Not being that familiar with this type of fish - it is exactly what I like to eat - a nice, light, white fish - similar to a tilapia (real seafood lovers may cringe with this description). With the catch of the day, you can choose different styles for the preparation. With the saute style, it came with a lemon caper cream sauce which was delicious. It was served on a bed of rice, which the menu listed as rice pilaf. To be honest, I never get too excited when I see "rice pilaf" on the menu. This "rice pilaf" was fantastic. It was more of a yellow rice to me, than what I think of when I read "rice pilaf." I was pleasantly surprised. I also chose grilled asparagus for my side. I was very happy with my entire experience here.
Although I'm not a huge sushi fan, they have a full, Bonefish style fish menu and a full Sushi menu too. The atmosphere was really nice and I had a great time. I look forward to my next trip to Tuscaloosa and a return trip to Chuck's fish. It is a bit pricey - roughly $40 for my dinner (no drink). If you can afford it or want a treat, I think it is worth the price. This was one of my favorite spots - especially food wise - for my first trip to Tuscaloosa.
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