A former co-worker of Ben’s was up this way from NoVA. She brought her bf for a visit to meet Chase and see to the new digs. They wanted to do seafood and it hits me… Gertrude’s at the BMA. I’ve been wanting to go there forever. Tonight was the night but alas no John Shields. I’m really kind of curious what he’s like in person because he’s one goofy bastard on PBS. Anyway the food was really good. Adequately seasoned but not overly so. I had fried oysters and while I waited for them I lamented that I hadn’t opted for something else and had oysters on the half but no worries. The fried oysters were sweet and plump and practically raw inside their breading… very tasty (except to those of you who don’t like seafood… I know who you are). It was served with roasted red potatoes that were delicious and apple-fennel slaw that was good but that I wouldn’t make at home. I don’t think I dig fennel enough to use it in a slaw at home. Dessert was good but way to cold. They served a strawberry sorbet topped with a duo of raspberry and chocolate mousses, white chocolate shavings and a cookie. The sorbet was way way too frozen to be served. All in all a good meal and great company.