56. Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill
Bang Bang. You're Dead. The Shrimp, that is.
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The Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer is to Bonefish Grill what the Bloomin' Onion is to Outback Steakhouse--not the big-ticket item by any means, but one that has a star next to it on the menu and dozens of Internet sites trying to decipher the recipe.
It's with these dishes--the proverbial first hit of the crack pipe--that Bonefish and Outback hope to hook you. And what red-blooded American can resist appetizers so fried, so addictive, so loaded with calories? Bonefish also has another thing in common with Outback: They're both wholly owned subsidiaries of Bloomin' Brands, a corporation that also owns Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, Roy's and Carrabba's Italian Grill.
But let's get back to that shrimp. Like I said, it's everything that Americans love: it's battered, it's fried, it's shellacked in mayo.
Sure the mayo has a hit of what's most likely Sriracha and Thai sweet chile sauce--but it's essentially all the same reasons we covet that honey-glazed walnut shrimp at your local Cantonese joint more than kung-pao these days.
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