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  • Overall, Sexy Clubwear the food at Bonefish in Annapolis was very good, fresh and creatively prepared. But service was spotty throughout, from the reception at the hostess station to the lagging drink service to the overall wait for food. Our dinner on non-busy Tuesday evening took over two hours.

    We are Wholesale Babydoll Lingerie lucky here in Annapolis. Our close proximity to river, bay and ocean waters provide an abundance of seafood and plenty of local restaurants that cater to the fish-loving crowd.

    So how does a corporate seafood restaurant survive in this environment? The Bonefish Grill, part of Florida-based Bloomin' Brands, responds to this challenge by promising "Incredible, served daily." That's high bar to set. And one that begs testing. And tasting.

    On an spring evening, I headed out to the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole to join the rest of the Dining Divas crew to investigate. Just outside the restaurant, patrons were enjoying cocktails on comfy wicker couches near the front doors. The lobby, which on weekends can be boisterous, was nearly empty. There was me, the hostess and one person inquiring about the menu.

    After trying to catch the eye of the hostess, I sat down and waited until she had a free moment. The person at the hostess stand decided to order carry-out, which turned into a long, involved process. While the hostess took the order, I sat. And sat. And then stood next to the hostess stand.

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    By the time the hostess acknowledged me, I had been waiting for what felt like a good 10 minutes.

    Once at our table, I was impressed with the warm and sophisticated design. Bonefish manages to do a lot with a little, utilizing artwork and lighting that exudes upscale elegance while keeping a reasonably priced menu. Wait staff dresses in "chef whites," an attractive touch.

    The drink menu has a nice selection of wines and beers and some fantastic sounding drink creations that made me wish I had brought a designated driver with me. A glass of Attitude Sauvignon Blanc, was brought promptly and enjoyed. Another diner ordered a Schwartz Bier IPA.

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    We ordered some appetizers to get things rolling. The Bang Bang Shrimp was a winner and how could it not be? The combined flavors of fried shrimp drizzled with a delectable mayo-based chili garlic mayo sauce hit all the craving buttons- salty, fatty, sweet. Addictive.

    Wagyu Beef and Ginger Potstickers were also a hit. Not only were the potstickers good, but the generous sprinkling of diced zucchini, red peppers and a shower of crispy onions elevated it into something special.

    We were well into our starters and a good half hour into the meal when the waitress came back to inform us that Schwartz IPA was unavailable. This was a bit disconcerting after waiting such a long time for the beer, but a Devil's Backbone Eight Point IPA was ordered and enjoyed once it made it to the table.

    As expected, Bonefish's menu is heavy on fish. The wood-grilled fish and seafood entrées are served with a choice of five sauces. There are also sautéed and baked selections, entrée salads, "Bowls", "Hand-Helds and wood-fired steaks and chops for the turf-oriented.

    In addition to the standard menu, a seasonal menu is offered featuring specialty drinks and entrees. No one can say you don't have variety at this house.

    The diner who couldn't get enough of the Bang Bang Shrimp went one step further and ordered the Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos and a Tomato Avocado Panzanella salad

    The Panzanella salad featured the freshest, most beautiful tomatoes I have seen since last summer. Added to that were avocado chunks, arugula and toasted ciabatta, glossed with an incredible cilantro dressing. The shrimp, wrapped in three warm tortillas with shredded lettuce and the same creamy garlic sauce as the appetizer, were just as appreciated the second time around.

    Pecan Parmesan-crusted Rainbow Trout featured perfectly cooked fish in a lovely crust along with artichoke hearts, basil and lemon butter. The only off note was a side of whipped sweet potatoes, which tilted too heavily on the "sweet" side.

    The Chicken Teriyaki Bowl held its own among the fish. The fried rice was good enough for an Asian restaurant and the accents of mango salsa and peanut sauce perfectly set off the dish.

    Two items ordered off the seasonal menu were a mixed bag. Shrimp and Scallops Firepot, featured fire-grilled seafood mixed with potatoes and veggies atop a bed of stewed tomatoes. It was mediocre at best, and we couldn't figure out why it was a "Firepot" since it was neither spicy hot nor sizzling.

    Another season special was the Oscar Turbot that could be ordered as an entrée or prix fixe, which included a salad, two sides and a special dessert. I went for the full boat of goodies.

    The Greenland Turbot came lightly sautéed in a lemon-butter caper sauce that allowed the delicate, sweet taste of the fish to shine through. The dish was described as being topped with asparagus, lump crab and jumbo shrimp. A few flakes of crab meat were scattered across the top, and plenty of asparagus, but oddly enough, the shrimp never made it to the plate. By the time I noticed, the meal was over.

    My dessert, three pillowy doughnuts with three dipping sauces, was divine. Strawberry Shortcake was equally as sinful, with a terrific old-fashioned biscuit base.

    Overall, the food was very good, fresh and creatively prepared. But service was spotty throughout, from the reception at the hostess station to the lagging drink service to the overall wait for food. Our dinner on non-busy Tuesday evening took over two hours.

    Apparently, our experience was not that unusual. Online reviews going back to last year mention service glitches and inattentive staff.

    Bonefish are lightning quick little fish that are always alert. Their survival depends on never allowing themselves to get complacent. Here's hoping The Bonefish Grille takes a cue from their namesake so that "Incredible served daily" includes incredible service as well.