So, the aforementioned pizza w/ grits topping. It's creating complicated feelings in the Cod, as the grits pizza is at All Star Pizza, the kid sibling of All Star Pizza. Under normal circumstances, an idea as inherently bad as grits on pizza demands an immediate and total DQ of the resto in question, as it suggest leadership that is wildly indifferent to common sense, but could the people behind the delicious sandwiches across the street have totally taken leave of their senses. And, reliable informants like Rose's Lime indicate the pizza is good, and less precious these days than Emma's which seems to have caught a taking itself way too seriously bug from Franny's.
But! More important. This place. With world enough and time, would love to have a conversation w/ their FOH person:
The Gurgling Cod: "Your restaurant is called 'Thelonious Monkfish,' how come?"
Thelonious Monkfish FOH Person: "Well, Thelonious Monk was a jazz musician, and monkfish is a kind of fish."
TGC: "I don't understand."
TGC: "What is the connection?"
TMFOHP: "We do 'sushi and Asian fusion.' Here: ' Great food like jazz is spontaneous and joyful. Nothing warms the palate like an explosion of flavor or the heart like a burst of song! We are passionate about ethnic flavors & jazz, and that’s why we’ve branded our unique take on sushi & Asian specialties: Thelonious Monkfish. We love to jam on Asian culinary themes. Our menu reflects both our respect for gustatory tradition and our sense of play and innovation.'"
TGC: "Ethnic flavors and jazz? Just in general? So I can have, like cardamom and hard bop, or galangal and some Marsaliseses? Have you thought at all about who you are and what you are doing?"
TMFOHP: "Well, here is the menu."
TGC: "Ohh, Asian fusion is like jazz? Because both things were popular in the 1980s? And you have a jazz-themed sushi/curry/whatever AZN resto, and none of your soups are called 'Bitches Brew'? What is wrong with you?
TGC: "Miles, get us the fuck out of here."