Fried Seafood Platter
Chesapeake's is a restaurant which prides itself on being the premier seafood restaurant in town. The food is fresh because it arrives daily. I decided to sail on down for dinner to see if this restaurant would provide a bountiful booty, or leave me holding the barnacles.
My first impression of the restaurant was that the décor came from a low budget theme park. Yes, every table had a fish tank. Though those tanks were the same that one might put in your home. Nice in the right setting, but out of place for a large restaurant. I walked over to the hostess stand and found a nice young lady inserting paper into the menus. No one seemed to be in the restaurant yet as it looks like they had just opened for dinner. She instructed me she would be just a moment. As I stood there, watching her place the paper into every menu, I noticed this may take a while. So I took a seat. What seemed like forever was probably seven to eight minutes that I waited. Finally I was seated.
The waitress came to my table and she was very polite. She explained much of the menu to me and took my drink order. I asked for a boring water with lemon and began to decide. I decided to try the fried seafood platter. This would give me an opportunity to taste many types of seafood at once. It was suppose to come with fish, shrimp, scallops, and oysters. I had my reservations about the oysters as I know they are hard to clean and prepare. I also know the chances of the chefs being from the coast were slim to none so I opted to replace my oysters with more shrimp.
I was so happy to have made that choice. When my food arrived, I went straight for the scallops. Not because I love scallops (which I do), but to see if I was correct in passing on the oysters. I was not surprised to find the first one had not been properly cleaned and the third was not prepared correctly. This meal was sinking already. I went for the shrimp. Spot on! The fish was white and flaky, but the flavor just wasn't there. I had fries as a side. For a restaurant to have just opened, I found it odd to have old fries. The ketchup was in a small bowl as well. I find this way of serving ketchup to be the most disgusting of ways. The reason is the vinegar found in ketchup will rise to the top and hence you are now dipping your fries in vinegar. Not my idea of a good time.
So to put this trip in perspective, I had really good service, some good and not so good food, and a quirky, yet somehow enjoyable, seating arrangement. I'm not saying I won't sail with them again. I'm just saying I will be wearing my life vest next time. Chesapeake's gets a picky 3.4 out of 5.