We decided to try The Parish for our anniversary dinner. I'm a Southerner and there were a few things on the menu I was looking forward to trying.
We started off with a bowl of boiled peanuts. Boiled peanuts are, without a doubt my weakness in life and being from South Carolina I am a connoisseur. While listed online, the peanuts weren't on the menu when we arrived at the restaurant. We asked about them and were told they were available so we ordered a bowl to share. It's January and Arizona so I was mildly interested in how they do boiled peanuts as we don't have access to green peanuts out here anytime and green peanuts are out of season everywhere right now. When the peanuts arrived they were hot but the chef had thrown a handful of cayenne pepper on them. Mind, they weren't spicy in the shell, just pepper on top of the shells. OK. At any rate, they were just OK. They weren't nearly salty enough for my taste and nearly any roadside peanut stand in the South would top them.
Next up we ordered the Crawfish Hushpuppies. Our server kindly took a special order to delete the crawfish meat. They were pretty good, although the sweetness from the sugar in the batter was a bit of a shock.
The Cornbread was fabulous. A sweet cornbread made with blue cornmeal and served with a bourbon butter it was probably my favorite part of the meal. The cornbread was moist and delicious and the hint of cinnamon was extraordinary!
For the entree we had the Drunken Angel with fries instead of collard greens. The dish was wonderful and the portions very good. The fries were good and hot.
The service was fabulous. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and accommodating to our needs. He was quick and efficient and very personable.
The Parish is located at:
6453 N Oracle Rd
Tucson, AZ 85704