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Dover sole at Il Mulino

Dover sole at Il Mulino

If there’s one entree that really makes me go weak at the knees, it’s an English Dover sole, sauteed on the bone and then  filleted.

I learned how to prepare this dish in cooking school. You cut off the pin bones and fins with a kitchen shears, make an incision by the tail and rip the leathery skin off like a Band-Aid. Then you dredge the whole thing in seasoned flour and sauté it in a large skillet, finishing it in the oven. Finally the fish can be separated (perhaps tableside) into its four fillets; the backbone peels away cleanly.

On March 3, BLT Steak will be offering Dover sole and several of its signature steaks for the great price of $33.04. It’s a birthday celebration price: the chain’s flagship branch opened on March 3, 2004. See you there.

And FYI: The Dover sole pictured above from Il Mulino currently goes for $65 — albeit with all the gratis appetizers that are this restaurant’s signature.


  • Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern has opened at the corner of Piedmont and Monroe Avenues in a former Caribou coffee shop. Brothers Gilbert and Sean Yeremyan (Gilbert’s) offer up the now de rigueur gastropub menu.
  • Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya has sent along a vastly changed menu for the Inman Park Old Fourth Ward Japanese small plates venue. It looks very post-David Chang, with steamed bun sliders, pork and kimchi pasta, and grilled rice balls. It definitely looks a lot gutsier than the previous menu.
  • The Chocolate Bar of Decatur has finally opened its long-awaited cross-town branch at 253-A Trinity Ave. in Castleberry Hill.

9 comments Add your comment


February 24th, 2010
9:32 am

Did anyone proofread this?


February 24th, 2010
10:54 am

Why do you care? You just read this for free. Nobody is going to die because of error’s. Go worry about something else that really matters to the world.


February 24th, 2010
11:39 am

Hey, Miso is in the Old Fourth Ward, not Inman Park.

John P

February 24th, 2010
11:49 am

errors, not error’s ;-)


February 24th, 2010
11:51 am

LOL @ John P.

John Kessler

February 24th, 2010
4:25 pm

Thanks, Billy! You’re right.

Intown eater

February 24th, 2010
4:46 pm

Dover Sole for $33.04 – that has to be close to cost for this fish – are we going to get Dover Sole or Cod – not accusing anyone but it regularly happens that cheap Dover Sole is actually Cod.

ATL Quebecer

February 25th, 2010
1:03 pm

John – I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now and really enjoy it. I know you’re Canadian or your wife is Canadian (or something like that), I am as well – born and raised in Montreal. I live in Midtown and have been meaning to get to Hob Nob’s since it opened. I clicked on the link you posted yesterday and checked out their menu and low and behold, they have Poutine! not sure if you’re familiar with it but it’s a french-canadian specialty (fries/gravy/curd cheese) and I’ve never seen it around here before. It used to be just in Quebec but is now all over Canada and there are boutique-type places in NYC that specialize in it. One of the owners must have had it in Canada before and decided it would be great down here…i’ve always thought so too. Anyways, just thought I’d point it out and was curious if you’ve ever had it or not?

genelle jennings

February 26th, 2010
10:26 pm

What’s the deal on Momofuku’s Crack Pie? $44 at the Milk Bar in Manhatten. I guess I’ll be trying it.