Somehow, just being near a beach makes me crave seafood. FRESH seafood. This how we came across a very highly recommended spot called Ocean’s Seafoods Market and Restaurant. We were warned, however, that they specialize more in the fresh seafood takeout department more than really being a restaurant. While this was probably true, we still enjoyed a decent seafood meal.
As I said, this place is first and foremost more of a market. The kind of market if I lived at the beach and dined on seafood 24/7 this is where I would be. A seafood department bigger, better and fresher than anything you will find at Whole Foods. But I am not writing about the market, this is about the restaurant.
We placed our order at the counter and then chose a table in the small dining area and waited. And waited. It was a little bit of a long wait for just a couple of sandwiches.
Chad ordered the blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich. Served on a sourdough bun with lettuce, tomato, onion and a side of both tarter and cocktail sauce. The kitchen did not skimp on the portion- there was enough Mahi Mahi for two sandwiches. The fish was blackened perfectly and cooked well- really nothing to complain about here.
I ordered the Grilled Grouper sandwich. I should have ordered it blackened because it was lacking of any flavor. I am not even sure if the fillet was even seasoned. Very bland. The sandwich was served with a side of coleslaw which I added to the fish, thus making it a little more full of flavor.
However, this is not a place I would automatically write off. I would visit again but this time order the fried Ipswich clams (bellies included!) or the oyster sandwich. There isn’t a huge selection of prepared seafood but I think it is definitely worth another shot. I read too many great reviews and recommendations to give up on this place that easily. However, for what we did have, three and a half out of five sprouts.