Rockfish Seafood & Grill in Lewisville serves fresh, popular seafood dishes across the area

The Louisiana gumbo ($5-$7) is a signature dish at Rockfish, said Mark Maddock, vice president of operations at Rockfish. The recipe has not changed in about 20 years. (Renee Yan/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Louisiana gumbo ($5-$7) is a signature dish at Rockfish, said Mark Maddock, vice president of operations at Rockfish. The recipe has not changed in about 20 years. (Renee Yan/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Louisiana gumbo ($5-$7) is a signature dish at Rockfish, said Mark Maddock, vice president of operations at Rockfish. The recipe has not changed in about 20 years. (Renee Yan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Mark Maddock has worked at Rockfish for 17 years, starting as a general manager and financial partner before becoming vice president of operations. (Renee Yan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rockfish Seafood & Grill in Lewisville has been around since 2014. The Lewisville location is one of the company’s two most recent North Texas locations. There are now 10 Rockfish restaurants in the Dallas and Houston areas.

“What hasn’t changed at all is the food quality,” said Mark Maddock, the company’s longtime vice president of operations.

Seafood—as the restaurant’s name suggests—stars in many of Rockfish’s dishes. The menu features salmon, shrimp, mahi, trout and more served in various cooking styles, Maddock said.

But there are also several non-seafood items, such as pasta, barbecued ribs and steak.

“Rockfish was founded as a chef-driven concept,” he said. “There are people that have started those recipes originally, and most of those recipes are still in place at Rockfish.”


One such recipe is the eatery’s signature gumbo, Maddock said.

“That recipe hasn’t changed in 20-something years,” he said. “It has a specific roux from Louisiana that we use as the starting point. ... After working here for 17 years, it’s something I still eat every day.”

Rockfish also features a full bar and a dessert menu. One of the most popular desserts is the bread pudding, Maddock said. It starts with French croissants and a baguette. Eggs, sugar, heavy cream and vanilla are added, and the end result resembles a dense cake doused with a bourbon-butter sauce. •Nearly everything at Rockfish is cooked from scratch. The restaurant also promotes seasonal recipes showcasing the kitchen’s culinary creativity.

“We have a lot of regulars at Rockfish—a lot of people that come, literally, two times a week, three times a week,” he said. “So, when we change our menu up a little bit or bring in new items, they get very excited.”

Cooking all these from-scratch dishes can be a labor-intensive process, but customers really appreciate the quality, he said.

“It is the norm for somebody to drop their fork, look at [me] and say, ‘This is amazing. This is fantastic. How do you do this? That’s why I come here—because I can’t duplicate this at home,’” Maddock said.
SHARE THIS STORY
By Renee Yan

Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.


MOST RECENT

Photo Courtesy Labyrinth Reality Games
Labyrinth Reality Games now open in Lewisville

Labyrinth Reality Games is an immersive reality realm featuring art installations, escape rooms and interactive experiences.

texas capitol building fotolia stock image
Public education the focus of upcoming forums with candidates for the Texas Legislature

The events are hosted by nonprofit advocacy group Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation.

lewisville isd
Two candidates file to run for Lewisville ISD board of trustees

On May 2, voters will get to cast a ballot to fill Places 6 and 7 on the Lewisville ISD board of trustees.

(Photo by Jason Lindsay/Community Impact Newspaper)
Eggspress Cafe now open in Highland Village

The cafe serves breakfast and lunch items such as pancakes, waffles, crepes, hamburgers, chicken, steak, energy bowls and more. Visitors can order handcrafted coffee and espresso drinks.

hand placing ballot in ballot box fotolia stock image
Candidates begin to file to run for Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village councils in May 2 elections

Candidates began filing Jan. 15 to run for election for various seats on Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village councils.

(Photo by Brian Pardue/Community Impact Newspaper)
La Quinta by Wyndham now open in Lewisville

The new hotel opened at the end of 2019.

(Courtesy The Mill Street House)
The Mill Street House now open in Lewisville

Old Town Lewisville has a new event space.

Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.

(Photo by Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lewisville ISD to soon break ground on Josey Lane Elementary

Lewisville ISD is expected to begin construction on a new elementary school by the end of this month, according to school district officials.

(Courtesy NorthGate Constructors)
FM 2499 bridge demolition scheduled to begin Jan. 17

Work on the I-635/SH 121 interchange project continues as demolition of the northbound FM 2499 bridge is set to take place from 8 p.m. Jan 17 to 6 a.m. Jan. 20, according to a news release from NorthGate Constructors.

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates the populations in the cities of Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village grew by varying degrees between 2013-18. (Courtesy Fotolia)
DATA: Populations, median household incomes, median home values rise from 2013-18 in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the populations, median home values and median household incomes in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village were on the rise from 2013 to 2018.

Girl Scout cookies
New Girl Scout cookie to premiere when sales begin Jan. 17

Proceeds from cookies bought locally will benefit the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.

Back to top