Last week, Alden got an addition to its already wonderful cast of businesses. The Blue Water Bistro and Pizzeria, (formerly Poma’s Pizza, and way back Sonny’s Pizza) opened last Friday night with good reviews from the locals.
So, OF COURSE, Saturday night we had to venture over for a taste. The new restaurant has a few bugs they are actively working out, but overall, I think its going to be a hit!
First off, they have a full bar with a nice selection of wine and beers, including some great local craft beers. Of course, my refreshing favorite choice: Tito’s and Soda with Orange slices served tall in a jar mug.
My favorite part of the evening, was the small plates that were served. There were five of us at the table, so we ordered a little of everything to sample.
- Flaming Cheese and Bread… This is a must have!!! Tequila lime flamed at tableside… this is a gooey fantastic treat to start with. I HIGHLY recommend it! It’s on the menu as “Blue Water Cheese Bread”… Don’t miss out!
- Hot Wings… These were nicely done as well. They were just spicy enough to be perfectly flavorful.
- Bruschetta… Always one of my favorites where ever I go. This place does it up very nicely! Very fresh and flavorable… those are the words I choose to describe this selection.
- Drunken Mushrooms… Marinated in a wine/garlic sauce. Good on its own… great if you add a little of the flaming cheese on top! (Just our tables experimentation… )
- Shrimp Scampi Fritta… OK, so I cant review this one, because of my severe seafood allergy. But it certainly looked good.
Oh… and did I mention the amazing bread plate that showed up before dinner? No words needed… just enjoy the picture. #honeybutter #yumyum
Then dinner was served…
- Three of us ordered the Blue Water Trio, which included an Olive Garden type combination of Lasagna, Fettucine Alfredo, and Chicken Parmesan. The Lasagna was good… the Chicken Parmesan was OK (but it’s not always a favorite of mine anyway)… The alfredo sauce on the fettuccine was delicious, but I wish there would have been more sauce. The fettucine was sadly lacking moisture. Overall, it’s an OK choice, but next time I’d try something different.
- Another diner ordered the Lobster Mac and Cheese… I heard a few yummy noises being made across the table over this one, so I’d say it was a hit.
- The almond crusted scallops on a bed of linguine with white wine sauce was another choice at our table. It looked tasty to me, and I didn’t hear any complaints, so I’d say it’s a keeper on this menu
Next time, I’d love to try the Steak Gorgonzola… Yes, there will be a next time.
Oh… I cannot forget to mention the wonderful Creme’ Brule’ for dessert… Simply delish! It was a perfect finish to our meal… And we all left with full happy bellies.
One last note on the atmosphere of the place… I love the garage doors on the front of the building for outside dining and cocktailing in the summer months. The place was packed Saturday night, so the tables inside seemed a bit crowded together. The high top tables were super cool looking, but seemed a bit over tall for a few shorter people in our group.
Of course, keeping in mind that the restaurant just opened, they do have a few service and kitchen issues to work out over time. But I really have confidence that this place is going to be a big hit in the Torch Lake area. I will definitely go back!
Check out the rest of their wonderful menu at www.torchlakepizza.com!