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During these stressful times, we turn to things familiar and dear to us; comfort foods, family, gatherings with friends. And, this is why I was eager to go back to the cozy and charming Chappell’s Coral Grill on Broadway, which recently opened its doors once again, after closing in May of this year.

The beautiful fountain was glistening on Saturday evening, just a few days after executive chef and co-owner Bryan Adams opened his business, which usually is not a good time to review a restaurant, but I just couldn’t wait any longer.

Bryan said, “So many people wanted us to reopen the restaurant, so we finally did it. It is open for lunch with 3 specials ($5.95 to $10.95) served from 11am to 2pm, Monday through Friday. Dinner is available from 5pm until 10pm, Monday through Saturday. But, of course, if someone arrives earlier they will be seated, and we will turn the burners on.”

Chappell’s offers elegant yet casual dining featuring a seafood menu of fresh salmon, halibut, mussels, oysters, red snapper sea bass, walleye, scallops, tilapia, lobster and shrimp. The steak entrees include New York strip, ribeye, and filet mignon. Other non-seafood entrees include Pecan chicken served oven roasted with red pepper aioli and Chicken Diane-breast of chicken topped with sautéed mushrooms and scallions finished with a port wine reduction.

Making us feel warm and welcome right from the start was Ann, our waitress. She did a great job. She kept the water glass filled and the food was presented in a very professional manner, and I might add, with a very nice smile and personality to go with it.

For starters, an appetizer. Goat cheese Bruschetta was my choice. A nice size topping of creamy goat cheese with the fresh tomato, basil-mixed seasoning was quite tasty and full of flavor.

The Seafood Gumbo fared well because of its intense flavor. One might say it makes your contacts moist. The chunks of seafood exploded in my mouth with each spoonful.

I also ordered a house salad that was served with mixed greens, Romaine, iceberg and spring, with feta cheese, black olives and grape tomatoes tossed in their house vinaigrette dressing, with a Romano and Swiss herb bread that was very fresh.

I noticed, since I was facing the kitchen, that as soon as the food was prepared, it was served.

My dining companion enjoyed one of the evening specials parmesan-herb broiled Alaskan Halibut topped with crabmeat towered with asparagus spears drizzled in roasted red pepper hollandaise sauce. A serving of pasta was mixed with tomato, mushroom, basil cream sauce. Off to the side was an edible organically grown purple orchid! What a nice touch. His comments were, “The fresh seafood was excellent, but I’m not so sure about the orchid.”

Next time back, I’m sure to order Chappell’s crab slaw. Ann said, “It has a plethora of crabmeat with a sweet dressing. You’ll love it if you like onions. It’s loaded.”

I will also be back for dessert. I saw a key-lime pie that caught my eye and a chocolate torte on the menu.

My appetite was once again satisfied with great comfort food from Chappell’s Coral Grill, 2723 Broadway.

I highly recommend this fine dining restaurant not only for its wonderful food but also for its adult ambience. As we dined the subtle lighting and Frank Sinatra’s singing “Strangers in the Night” added an extra sentimental touch to this quaint little nautical spot.

It was quite obvious upon leaving—the word is out—Chappell’s dining area was renewed with a sea of activity.

Also open during the restaurant hours, 11am to 10pm Monday through Saturday, is their fresh seafood shop with the daily catch on display, for those who like to grill or cook at home.

In addition, keep this elegant spot in mind for those looking to have a holiday party – the upstairs provides 3 rooms for private occasions.

The Waynedale News Staff
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