This was a hosted event put on by The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar. #NCSocial #CowfishMeetup
Cowfish those words alone bring to mind visions of a cow and a fish having a child. In some ways that vision isn’t wrong. A cowfish is actually a fish that has horns like a cow. So when you are creating a restaurant that is going to serve sushi and burgers, it is a genius idea to name the restaurant, The Cowfish. I mean really how perfect and it also exposes people to a fish that would sometimes get overlooked because it is not the typical kind.
Well, this week I was able to attend a meetup with a great group of bloggers from #NCSocial,( remember these were the ones I went on the NC Wine tour with back in August) at The Cowfish in Raleigh. I was a little hesitant to go because it is a little over an hour away and I was dreading the traffic. But calling on my inner strength and Stress away essential oil, I braved the traffic and took my youngest daughter along for the ride.
This year is all about Creating new experiences and new opportunities to grow not only as a person but as a blogger, so I need to kick myself to get out my comfort zone. We arrived early ( I mean mega early- like an hour before the event- but since this the first time I had been to The Cowfish I wanted to make sure I made ample time for traffic, parking and actually finding the place.
So being an hour early, Gracie and I went exploring a little bit and had an impromptu photo shoot. I will share some of the photos here but look for another blog post soon about it.
Once our photo shoot was over, we decided to get out of the cold and went inside the restaurant to wait for the group. The wind was kicking up making both of our eyes water. So I am glad we finally decided to get in from out of the cold.
Once inside we were greeted by the hosts asking if we would like a complimentary beverage while we waited for the rest of the group. We said no because after all we just drive in from Goldsboro. During the time that we were waiting, I really enjoyed talking to David, the host that was sitting people. His nails were on point. Seriously, I wish I had taken a picture of his nails because I would have hurt myself if I had nails like that.
Finally, the rest of the group arrived, and we were seated, I really enjoyed chatting with bloggers from all different walks of life, most of them I knew but there were a few new faces. Of course, my Food Lion Frugal Cookoff partner Jen was there it was always a treat to see her.
We were treated to appetizers that we all shared. I couldn’t get enough of the Crab Rangoon Dip (Creamy crab rangoon with parmesan panko crust, wonton crisps, Thai sweet chili sauce, and chives) and the Edamame (Soybeans in pod served with a choice of sea salt, Alderwood smoked salt or Sriracha salt. I mean just look at it.
Although I am not much of a raw fish type of person, I will admit that I was tempted to try the Blackened Tuna Nachos which were 5 wonton chips with Crab Rangoon Dip, avocado salsa, tomatoes, seared rare blackened yellowfin tuna, and microgreens.
Each individual blogger was able to order one entree. I got The Cowfish Bento box. It is a combo meal featuring both burger and sushi, including a mini-burger with American cheese, pickles and chopped red onion, sweet potato fries, Thai cucumbers, edamame and choice of a 4 piece sushi roll (California, Spicy Tuna, Vegetarian or Philly Roll). I opted for the Vegetarian sushi roll.
Gracie ordered the Chicken Bacon Avocado sandwich – which had Grilled all natural chicken, applewood bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, wasabi mayo, brioche bun. Choice of side. Gracie loved it and coming from a picky eater like Gracie that was a huge compliment. And guess what else she found out she loves wasabi mayo.
After the entrees, we able to sample some of the fabulous desserts. I mean just look at these.
The rest of the chocolate cake, The Mousse is Loose, may or may not have gone home with me.
Although we were offered complimentary adult beverages I stuck to sweet tea because I still had that hour drive back home and I figured it was better to be safe than sorry.
I will have to add that the staff at The Cowfish are all awesome. Our servers Bray and Jonathan made sure that each one attending the event was having a unique experience. They were so helpful with suggestions as to what to order and super sweet. Honestly as I was looking around the restaurant, I can’t say that we got lucky with our servers although they were awesome, from what I could see all the servers went above and beyond for the diners, making this one dining experience that they will never forget and one that they will want to recreate by revisiting The Cowfish.
I know I for one can’t wait to go back, I mean I seriously went to bed dreaming about their vegetarian sushi roll and wondering when I would be able to taste it again.
The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar is located in North Hills Mall in Raleigh. They have another location in North Carolina in Charlotte. Check out their website for more information.