We have looked forward to The Ketch for months and finally picked a day to go…today. Mike spent some time on their Facebook page being lured in by the beautiful food photography. It’s a cute little place with a Key West flavor. Rustic, nice outdoor patio, cute little nooks and crannies inside.
We were greeted by Robert, who showed us to a perfect corner booth. Sheila, our server, was excellent. She had us from hello with her big smile and charming way. The descent into restaurant hell after that was swift and efficient.
The menu was interesting and had many tempting dishes. Mike settled on the Ketch Platter, which was shrimp, white fish, clams and something else I can’t remember. It came with fries and cole slaw. I had a Shrimp PoBoy with black beans and rice.
We learned with the cole slaw, which was cold, crispy and flavorless, that they have a cook instead of a chef. People seated after us were served before us. Another sign of an inefficient kitchen.
Mike’s Ketch Platter was pretty enough, but everything was the same shade of too-dark brown. The unseasoned batter was on everything and it all tasted the same, and was fried just a couple of minutes too long.
The PoBoy wasn’t a PoBoy at all, but rather 6 shrimp on a hoagie roll. The accompanying cocktail sauce was predictable and runny. The unseasoned beans had to have been right out of a can and piled on some white rice, making a very unappealing side dish.
We were hungry so we ate.
One of the waitresses was bragging that The Ketch is supposed to be the best seafood restaurant in Kentucky. That’s just not possible. Whoever said that had not been to Hall’s on the River or maybe even Red Lobster on one of their good days.
We were terribly disappointed, as I said, in everything except the server. Even she, good as she was, couldn’t make unseasoned overcooked food taste like anything. The bill, $38 including a tip. One of our more expensive lessons.
Many places deserve a second chance. This is not one of those. The Ketch? For us, Ketch and Release.