REVIEW: Dominick’s, Watkinsville, Athens
We had some dear friends who moved to Watkinsville a while back. We are still very close and try to get together every few weeks for dinner and the occasional movie. One of our dining companions had an early flight the next morning so we decided to meet them near their home for dinner. We chose Dominick’s in Watkinsville and met at the restaurant.
We were seated immediately and our server was there right away to get our drink orders. We asked our server “What’s good?” because we like to see what servers say when we ask this question. She stated “Get the crab cakes. I’m from Maryland and I think they’re great!”. I went into a long conversation about my family being from Baltimore and let her know if she thought they were great, I had to try them. Melanie, I’m sure inspired by our Chesapeake banter, also wanted to try them as well, knowing full well I would not under any circumstances share my crab cakes no matter how small her request may be. Some things, after all, are sacred.
At Dominick’s the portions aren’t large – they are GARGANTUAN! The four of us split half of a salad for starters. The entreés are all available as either a half order or a full order. A half order, you’ll be taking some home for the next day. A full order, you might be eating for a few days. When they chose “Little Italy, Lotta Food” as their moniker, they were NOT kidding.
The crab cake entreé is served with broccoli and angel hair pasta. The crab cakes were awesome. There’s just no way to describe in words, how good the crab cakes really were. Although I never lived in Maryland, my family being from Baltimore, I was raised with a crab mallet in one hand. That being said, I thought the broccoli was a little undercooked and the angel hair pasta was dry and bland. I asked from some meat sauce and that provided some salvation but after you’ve eaten the crab cakes, the thrill is gone and you can hear B.B. King singing it in your head.
My advice is to skip any appetizers and save room for dessert. Melanie chose the ice cream dipped in chocolate with a drizzle. I was sold out on the chocolate mousse. You know the dessert is dynamite when you don’t even have a twinge of guilt. Hey, it was worth it.
Dominick’s serves Italian food in quantities that would make a glutton happy. If you’re looking for a change, it’s worth a shot and be sure to save room for dessert – it’s a show stealer. Guten appetit!