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Bonefish Grill

The best of our national upscale-casual dining chains offer comfortable, attractively designed dining rooms; fresh, flavorful cuisine; cheery service; and family-friendly prices. That's Bonefish Grill in a clam shell. The Kendall branch grills up fish and does it well -- ahi tuna, grouper, mahi-mahi, and so forth. One bone to pick with Bonefish is that there are no bones to pick -- the fish all come as fillets. Chicken Marsala satisfied with its deep mushroom-and-prosciutto-flecked wine sauce, as does a rib eye rubbed with piquant chili paste, but we'd nonetheless recommend sticking to the fish. Appetizers are mostly under $10, and nearly every main course is less than $20. Dinners come with a small garnish of sautéed squash strips and tomatoes, and choice of softly textured garlic-mashed potatoes, deliciously cheesy potatoes au gratin, lukewarm "herbed jasmine rice," or a steamed medley of vegetables. For a mere $2.80 you can add a house or caesar salad, or a generous cup of velvety lump-crab-and-corn chowder. For dessert try a luscious key lime pie with graham cracker/roasted pecan crust, pale custard, and dollop of freshly whipped cream. Attractive prices are the bait to lure you into Bonefish. The catch is a very good meal.

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