We went to an open house for two local artists at Art Alliance on Monmouth St. last night and arrived without reservations for dinner at the Chowda House around 6. Big mistake as the place was packed and even had some names already on a wait list. It was drearily overcast but not even sprinkling, so we asked if we could sit outside and drink while we waited in their huge courtyard that they weren’t using due to the weather.
We weren’t even out there for five minutes when the owner came out and said we could eat out there if we wanted to, and if it started raining they would squeeze us in inside. We were game and as we sat the clouds even cleared a little. By the time we got our shared app special of garlic cheese bread it was almost sunny and another couple had joined us in our private paradise.
We shared a raw platter of oysters, clams, and shrimp and a fried platter of shrimp, scallops, and flounder with cajun fries. Everything was fresh and good and we liked the cajun seasoning on the fries, but next time we will ask for them well done as some were still a bit limp. We were tempted to try their homemade key lime pie, but we were already a bit late for the reception.
We’ve eaten here only a few times since they opened years ago, but each time we’ve liked our food.