What’s cooler than a Cowfish?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in Business, Community, Restaurant | 0 comments

By Sarah Styron

Gwen Poth, the powerhouse promoter of Cowfish totally hooked our team up with a lunch reservation at Cowfish Raleigh. From the welcoming hostess, Amber at the door to manager, Stephen greeting us, to our super cool waiter, Josh …who we appropriately nicknamed the bus driver, because he took us to school on the menu …we were treated like royalty, like family.

Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos

Blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos

Ryan, one of the fabulous chefs brought us a custom sushi and sashimi plate and a sampling of their other to-die-for appetizers. The blackened Ahi Tuna Nachos (with famous Crab Rangoon dip) was about the best thing I’ve ever tasted, the tuna just melted in your mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted such fresh ingredients in Raleigh EVER! And I’m a TOUGH seafood critic, being raised on the coast of NC with a fisherman as a Daddy. Ryan even treated us to fresh octopus that had been flown in from the islands of Hawaii; I forgot that I WASN’T indeed sitting on the beach for a moment there.

While waiting on our meal, owner Marcus Hall took us into the Cowfish bus, which was an idea that originated from their Charlotte restaurant as a convenient shuttle. You can rent the Raleigh party-style bus out for the night to come pick you up and take you to Cowfish and then home, BRILLIANT!

Not only does Marcus know the restaurant business inside and out with the goal of making everyone’s experience absolutely one-of-a-kind, he can also dish out some pretty great tunes. Jack of all trades, right? Anyone seen the “When Jesus Comes Back” video?? That’s Marcus! Sorry Chapel Hill friends, but an owner that bleeds red and white – I’m a patron for life! Go Wolfpack!

There are also plans to turn some of the outside area into a stage, so keep an eye out for that to come sometime before September. You heard that from us first, it’s like the best of both worlds. And it seems a lot of the Cowfish crew has a love for live music!

The Thundering Herd Bison Burger

The Thundering Herd Bison Burger

Our team split some burgers and fusion specialty sushi and everything was cooked/prepared perfectly. I love that Cowfish offers something for everyone, a perfect

spot for the best burger and sushi. We topped it off with a Cowfish Classic Shake, there isn’t anything they can’t do!

It only gets better with the décor and the bathrooms – I don’t even know where to start. The bathrooms have custom “Rosetta Stone” lessons for Indonesian translated to red neck. And did you know that there really is a fish species, the cowfish? Yup, you can find them in the martini-shaped, 22,000 galloon fish tank inside the restaurant. It’s like a mini aquarium garnished with cheeseburgers and soy sauce. The Cowfish Raleigh centerpiece was featured on the Animal Planet’s reality show “Tanked” that the show’s stars designed and built. Marcus mentioned being tied up for awhile by network waivers, but now it’s a must see, photo showstopper to complete your experience!

The centerpiece: aquarium filled with live cowfish

The centerpiece: aquarium filled with live cowfish

Oh and another thing that I personally enjoyed, I never opened a door. We were probably there for almost 3 hours and in and out the whole time, Cowfish staff really knows how to treat their guests. It’s the small things. I think I’m spoiled for any other restaurant in Raleigh!

Oh, and everyone wanted to know so we asked; Rick Flair lives above the Charlotte Cowfish and is a regular … that’s why there is a burgushi roll named after him, the #ricroll. We like it because Raleigh is Cool = RIC! There is not one thing we would complain about, so what are you waiting for? Burgers, sushi, bar, excellent customer service, the ultimate dining experience … see you at Cowfish Raleigh very soon!

 

Porky's Revenge

Porky’s Revenge

Fresh lump crapcakes & fried green tomatoes

Fresh lump crapcakes & fried green tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

The famous Burgushi!

The famous Burgushi!

The RIC Team in front of the Cowfish bus.

The RIC Team in front of the Cowfish bus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

fishtank

So Cool!

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Inside Cowfish Raleigh, complete with sushi bar

 

Fusion roll: The Neon Dion

Fusion roll: The Neon Dion

Chef's selection of fine seasonal fish.

Chef’s selection of fine seasonal fish.

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