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Bonefish Grill Casts Its Sights on New England

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Bang Bang Shrimp is Worth the Trip to Restaurants in Rhode Island & Connecticut
Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp

Bang Bang Shrimp is the signature menu item at Bonefish Grill, and although it's a starter, you could easily make a meal out of this heaping portion of zingy, battered and fried shrimp.

© 2013 Kim Knox Beckius
Bonefish Grill--an upscale chain of restaurants known for fresh fish, innovative libations and a chic coastal vibe--was founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, in 2000. Acquired by Bloomin' Brands just a year later, the chain quickly spawned more than 100 locations: most located in the Southeast. At the start of 2013, there were zero Bonefish Grill locations in New England. But by the end of March, new restaurants in Cranston, Rhode Island, and South Windsor, Connecticut, were already filled to the gills with eager diners, and plans were in the works to open at least four additional Bonefish Grills in Connecticut and Massachusetts within a year. (See all Bonefish Grill locations.)

My friend Jessica and I visited the chain's first Connecticut location at the Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk (400 Evergreen Way, South Windsor, Connecticut, 860-648-0096) on its fourth day of operation: March 28, 2013. I'll share highlights of our dining experience on this photo tour, but first things first: I'd go back just for the Bang Bang Shrimp.

"We're famous for the Bang Bang Shrimp," floured, fried crisp and tossed in a spicy cream sauce that is "out of this world," Buzz Karnbach, Managing Partner of the South Windsor Bonefish Grill, told us. We found the dish's heat just potent enough to require us to slow down and savor each bite, and the portion size was impressive, especially considering the chain is known for Bang Wednesdays, when an order of Bang Bang Shrimp is half price: just $5.

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