When I think of seafood towers, I think of overly elaborate presentations that will arrive before me with the same pizazz as the excitable cartoon food in Beauty and the Beast's "Be Our Guest." Shrimp and crabs will be practically jumping off the top tier in anticipation, and clams and oysters will be fluttering their shells wildly.
Photo courtesy Reef A sample of the ever-changing 3rd Bar Plateau at Reef.
The name implies grandeur and decadence, as well as something a little staid, a little stuffy. Have seafood towers been at all popular since the mid-'90s? I remember seeing a lot of them in Corpus Christi growing up, but I hardly ever find a seafood tower on a menu these days.
Which is why I was both pleased and surprised when I noted the 3rd Bar Plateau, "Reef's grouping of all things salty and raw," on the menu at Reef, Bryan Caswell's Midtown seafood joint. It's not a new addition, but it was new to me, so with an extra eater in tow, I set off to vanquish the mighty tower.More »