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Charleston Marina Variety Store and Seafood Restaurant

Marina Variety Store and Seafood Restaurant
* 17 Lockwood Dr – Ste E * Charleston, SC 29401-1160 * 843-723-6325 * http://www.varietystorerestaurant.com/ *

Mom was in the downtown Roper hospital so this was an easy to walk to location while caretaking and visiting her, but it wasn’t very quick on the service, even though decent on the wallet. Scenic views of the municipal marina, The Marina Variety store has a semi-decent variety of dishes and meals offered, and decent prices. It has been offering fine food since 1963 including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This has been my second visit. Each time I was pleased with the food, dissatisfied by how long it took for the food to come out. The Crab cakes are delicious as are the sweet potatoe fries. Three bean salad mediocre. Overall, I had a good meal with my wife … Rating 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Gilligan's Seafood Restaurant

Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant

* 1475 Long Grove Drive Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 * 843-849-2244 * http://www.gilligans.net/ *

My mom’s favorite seafood restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina has become my choice of seafood dining as well. Introduced to me as her “country club”, I found a very friendly, hospitable restaurant with fabulous service. Now on my third visit to this great place within the last 4 months, I’ve come to be a great fan of their “All you can eat Oyster clusters” dish. I have yet to try the “All you can eat Shrimp” but I imagine it’s just as grand. I’ve had the crab legs and sampled my mom’s seafood platter. Everything was scrumptuous. The free hushpuppies they serve when you sit down are to die for. Overlooking the “seaside park” and man-made lake, nestled into a shopping village, this is a great relaxing spot for dining. While menu prices are higher end, the amount of food you get for the price makes up for it. In addition to “fine” or “messy” seafood dining, Gilligan’s is also committed to local Shrimpers by serving 100% domestic wild-caught shrimp, focusing on freshness, and never serving imports. They are also a Platinum Partner for seafood sustainability with their products – by only serving sustainable seafoods deemed as such from the South Carolina Aquarium. They’ve agreen not to serve or sell Chilean sea bass, orange roughy or imported shark, and only buy sustainable preferably local. Their first choice is “Lowcountry Local” as based from the organization to support independent, locally owned businesses in the Lowcountry while assisting to educate the public on the importance of supporting our local economy, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. In addition, they participate in Oyster shell recycling, teaming up with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources with a goal to conserve South Carolina’s oyster beds with an integrated oyster shell recycling program in all of their restaurants to help sustain the growth and propogation of local oysters. Every shell from the winter is replanted by the DNR back into the estuarine environment. Most excellent restaurant. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. ~ Thomas Baurley

All you can eat Oysters

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The Fish Shack

The Fish Shack
* 87/105 Petrie Plaza Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia * 2601 * (02) 6248 5885 *

As I was on my way to see “Thor”, i was hungry for a quick and affordable dinner, so I settled for the “Fish Shack” across from the theater … and i was very impressed with the offerings. I’m a total sucker for seafood, as well as fish n’ chips. But when I saw they had soft shell crab sandwiches, or with chips, I was sold. The owner was pleasant, friendly, and a great guy. He even let me swap out the chips for sweet potatoe chips much to my ecstatic pleasure. Price of the meal was very affordable in Australian standards, and they have an extensive seafood menu. If they are busy, there is a wait, it takes time to make a good dish and they were also brand new when I hit them – so are in their learning curve with getting the food out faster. The food was delicious and I was very satisfied with my experience. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 4/23/11.

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Bay Marlin Fish n’ Chips




Inner Boatsman/ Bay Marlin Fish n’ Chips
* Shop 8, Bridge Plz *
Batesman Bay, New South Wales, Australia * 2536 * (02) 4472 3244 *

In the historic boatshed is Bay Marlin’s Fish n’ Chips seafood shop and restaurant. Great place to grab some fish and chips, walk over to the docks, and glance at the boats, while feeding the seagulls. In the heart of downtown Batesman Bay its a good place to wrap up your day wandering around the Sapphire Coast. Good fish n’ chips! Rating: 4 stars out of 5.



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Taylor’s Fish n’ Chips (Narooma)

Taylors Fish n’ Chips
* http://www.wickedweekends.com.au/areas/nsw/south_coast/narooma/taylors/seafood_cafe.htm * Phone: (02) 4476 2127 * 12B Riverside Drive * Narooma
New South Wales, Australia

Coming from landlocked Colorado I was pretty excited with my adventure to Australia, especially driving with a friend along the coast. Of course! what would the salty sea air, beautiful sand beaches, and exotic panoramas of Narooma cause a craving for within such a person? … Seafood! I have to say, while the first place we spied that was open later in the evening in this small village was “Taylors”. I was not disappointed. Fresh seafood, prawns, oysters, and fish n’ chips were offered and I went for their delicious seafood platter. Still not accustomed to the economy and pricing structure in Australia, it did seem a bit high priced to me at the time, and they had different prices for their “dining” area, so we took ours to go. But the food was delicious. They also offered raw oysters by the half or dozen. Delicious. Apparently they have a good waterfront patio worth the extra charge. Will definitely visit again someday when I’m in Narooma. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Rose and Thistle Fish n’ Chips (Eugene, Oregon)


Rose & Thistle Fish n’ Chips, Eugene, Oregon

Rose and Thistle Fish n’ Chips
* 398 East 11th Avenue * Eugene, OR 97401-3246 * (541) 343-2244 *
A great little mom n’ pop hole in the wall fish n’ chips joint with a British atmosphere. Reminded me a bit of doing fish n’ chips in Britain. The elderly couple that was working appear to be the owners and were very friendly, hospitable, and mixed up a mean seafood combination. I very much enjoyed my visit. I have fond memories of this restaurant from when I used to live in Eugene. Affordable, friendly, and good service. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


Seafood Combination

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Ritz Bar and Grill (Colorado Springs, Colorado)

the Ritz Grill

* http://ritzgrill.com/ * 15 S Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * (719) 635-8484 *
The Ritz grill is a popular ‘older crowd’ bar and dance place in downtown Colorado Springs. Often frequented by 80’s cover bands and other live acts, the Ritz is a full scale restaurant and bar. They often throw themed parties like “Fat Tuesday”, “Halloween”, and “Xmas parties”. This visit on 11/15/2010 was a fundraiser for the Haiti Earthquake survivors. The food is very food. Though this visit I only came a drinkin’ vodka n’ club soda. Good service, friendly staff, fun times. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5.

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Fish Hoppers, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii


Fish Hoppers, Kona


Fish Hoppers
Kona, Big Island * http://www.fishhopper.com/kona/ * 75-5683 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740 * 808.326.2002 *
A great little seafood / steak restaurant and bar as you enter into the active strip of downtown Kona. They have good service and some pretty decent dishes. Cocktails are tasty too. Great views of the ocean and a good place to begin your adventure into Kona. Seats by the windows overlook Kailua Bay allowing great visuals of the ocean, beach, and walkways – great for people watching. They carry sustainable seafood from Hawaii as well as fresh seafood flown in weekly from California. They carry a variety from seasonal Dungeness crabs, sand dabs, petrali sole, Alaskan Halibut, Corvena Sea Bass, Wild Salmon, calamari, and other local favorites. They are notorious for their signature “Bucket of Fire” and “Volcano” flaming drinks. The restaurant is within walking distance to many shops and historic sites. The building is a landmark (Ocean View Inn) and a favorite restaurant of the area since 1934. The Fish Hopper is a chain from California run by the Sabu Shake and family. Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


Fish Hoppers, Kona

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Briarhurst Manor (Manitou Springs, Colorado)

Briarhurst Manor * 404 Manitou Ave, Manitou Springs, CO, 80829. (719) 685-1864 or 1 (877) 685-1448 * http://www.briarhurst.com/ *

Briarhurst Manor

Briarhurst Manor is bombarded with negative reviews for its wedding services and its dining food. So I’ve always been hesitant to try the restaurant out, even though i was deadly curious about the place. I agree, the food is “Very” expensive and you don’t really get to portions for what you are paying. In a way, you are paying for the ambience of the place. The servers are very knowledgable and professional. I found our server to be pretty friendly and servicable. We walked in, no reservations. We had with us a coupon essentially for 30% (?) off our meal. We had the lobster bisque, frog legs, roast rabbit, and the escargot. Figured we’d make a meal out of a selection of appetizers as the main meals seemed to be much more pricey with little in portions to share. The rabbit was dry as were the escargot, the frog legs were tasty, and the lobster bisque was delicious. The desert sampler came with dark chocolate torte, creme Brulee, and a lemon raspberry tart – which were very delicious, though again, the portions small. Service was good, the ambience was exquisite, the food was so-so. For the ambience alone I’d give the place 4 stars, but the food at maybe a 3, and the pricing a 2. So to meet in the middle, I rate the entire restaurant experience a 3.5.


Escargot

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Tulalip Casino and Eagles Buffet (Tulalip, Washington)

Tulalip Casino and Buffet: Tulalip Eagles Buffet * 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd. * Tulalip, Washington * (888) 272-1111 * http://www.tulalipcasino.com/ *

Conveniently located off I-5 inbetween Mt. Vernon and Everett, a great stop-off for Vancouver – Seattle travellers … Tulalip Casino is an enormous palace of slot machines, game tables, bars, and fine entertainment. Usually very notable for their buffet, I stopped by on Monday, Dec 12th, 2005, to find not only did they raise their prices, but the food wasn’t as expansive as usual, nor as good. It also took the waittress quite a while to get back to me with refills which is odd, because they used to be right on top of everything, quality food, and great service. Not today. Usually I rate this a 4 1/2 stars, but this time, gonna have to give the buffet a 2. Rated 2 stars out of 5. On the visit during a pitstop on 7/5/09 coming back from Vancouver, I dropped in to find the Casino and Buffet had massively grown. The entire complex is a strip mall, large hotel, and entertainment complex. The food was better this time, but lacking in variety it had in the older days. Service was decent. Rating: 3 stars out of 5. [ More review http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/20ad6/da82b/2/ ]

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La Creperie (Colorado Springs)

La Creperie
204 N Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903-1350 * (719) 632-0984 *

I like this place even though it gets mixed reviews from all its patrons from those that love it to those that hate it. The waiters do seem to have some coldness and “off”-ness, but once me and my friend toyed with him, he was amicable. The service was quick and cordial, though things were forgotten. Its very high-priced venue especially for the quality and portions. I do like their crepes. Pretty damn delicious. the Seafood Crepe was pretty scrumptuous. The lobster bisque was pretty yummy – but the portions failed horribly in size. The Escargot was dry, and given we complained, they gave us another tray of them to make up for it. Still however, no matter how good I like the crepes, the cost and service wasn’t very great. Now we did the dinner. I’ve had better experiences here with breakfast, even though others seem to complain the most about the breakfast service and offerings. I’ll eat there again, as I do like the food, but with the price and hit or miss service, I don’t imagine it will be anytime soon. Rating: 2 stars out of 5. (Quiche and Crepes are a 4)

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Oscar’s Oyster Bar (Colorado Springs, Colorado)


Oscar’s
Photo by Jeff Kallaus (c) 2009: permission received to repost

Oscar’s on Tejon

333 S Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2001 * (719) 471-8070
http://www.oscarstejonstreet.com/


Oscar’s in downtown Colorado Springs – is a fun little bar and grille right off the main drag where great meetings occur for happy hour and fun/frolick. It’s also one of Colorado Springs’ infamous locations for Oysters and being one of the few Oyster Bars in this desert/mountainous/ land-locked oasis. In fact, they bill themselves as an Oyster Bar. Oscar’s Oyster Bar and Baithouse is owned by a husband/wife team – Phil and Ashley Duhon. Bringing speciality from livlihood in Louisiana, one can find a unique cooking style for the Rockies. Proud of their menu offerings of steak and seafood, you won’t go hungry with the fresh food they have to offer. A festive bar location with live music over the weeekends, a friendly staff, and good potent drinks …. you’ll be pleased. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Reviewed at Wanderwords, Virtualtourist.com, Technogypsie.com.

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Nordsee, Old Town, Dusseldorf, Germany


Fisch Nords

Nordsee (old town Dusseldorf)
* Fisch Nordsee Flinger Strae 38 40213 Dsseldorf Tel.: 0211-131806 * www.nordsee.com
One of my favorite healthy German fast food chains. “FFF / Fast Food Fish”. It’s a well-established chain found in all the German-speaking countries (over 355 outlets in Germany) that is a healthier equivalent of a seafood section of a delicattesen on the coast merged with a Long John silver’s minus the unhealthy heavy frying. Fresh and healthy prepared seafood in a fast food format but not as bad as the usual fish n’ chips (though they offer that too). It was founded in 1896 serving salmon, white fish, shrimps, mussels, lobster tails, and various sauces … all in the ability to grab a bite on the go already prepared in a window opening to the street displaying the healthy wraps, pitas, and sandwiches. Prices are cheap and affordable (ca. 1-8 Euro a sandwich or meal) or if you are sitting in, entrees for 7-25 Euro, including lobster, shrimps, and mussels not fried but delicously prepared with veggies or potatoes. Rating: 5 stars out of 5 (fast food rating). On my 3/31/09 visit, tried the special Louisiana cajun crawfish sandwich …. excellent!


Louisiana Cajun crawdad sandwich

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Ancient Mariner (Manitou Springs, Colorado)

Ancient Mariner (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=372) / Marilyn’s Pizza Parlor ( http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=29417). Tracing the Past – Exploring Manitou Springs (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=829) and Garden of the Gods (http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=545). The Great Walkabout: http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?page_id=114. From Colorado Springs to Australia, Europe, and back. Photos taken January 22, 2011. To read the adventures, visit http://www.technogypsie.com/chronicles/?p=17409. To read reviews, visit: www.technogypsie.com/reviews. All photos and articles (c) 2011 Technogypsie.com – by Leaf McGowan and Thomas Baurley. All rights reserved. Colorado Springs: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=31051. Colorado: http://www.technogypsie.com/reviews/?p=22613

Ancient Mariner
* 962 Manitou Ave * Manitou Springs, CO 80829 * (719) 685-5503 * www.hmsancientmariner.com

A pretty large pub/bar in the heart of historic Manitou Springs that locals state specializes in Cajun cuisine, with a seafood restaurant decoration, this full stocked bar offers sandwiches, salads, steaks and seafood and are open everyday for lunch and dinner. They also offer quite a bit of selection from the infamous Marilyn’s pizza next door. Thursdays they have open mike nights, and live music on most fridays and saturdays. Good service, though when crowded a little slow. Friendly festive spot in Manitou Springs. The evening of March 6th, had great and friendly service from a really nice waittress, and good food – going for the catfish poboy and fries. Rated : 4 stars out of 5.

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The Ritz Grill (Fat Tuesday) (Colorado Springs, Colorado)


Crawfish Po’Boy

Fat Tuesday @ the Ritz Grill * http://ritzgrill.com/
* 15 S Tejon St * Colorado Springs, CO 80903 * (719) 635-8484 *

Fun times during Fat Tuesday. Apparently (news to me this first year I’ve attended) the Ritz Grill on Tejon street, downtown Colorado Springs throws the area’s best Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party in the city. Decked out in costumes and beads, decorations, and Cajun cuisine … The Grill brings in the Raw oysters, the Craw Daddies, and the Gumbo for your palate’s best New Orleans mix. Bringing on the Hurricanes as well – get there early as the place is crowded, also reserve a table for this special event or you’ll be standing around outside or in the bar. Hurricanes, complimentary cajun beans n/ rice, and we ordered the raw Oysters cracked on the half shell with Fried Crawfish po’boy and platter. Delicious. Good times. A Head Full of Zombies band played into the night as some bead-winning events took place. Good times. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.


Crawfish Platter

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Ollie’s Trolley (Washington, DC)


Ollie’s Trolley


Ollie’s Trolley
* www.olliestrolleydc.com * 425 12th St NW
Washington, DC 20004 * (202) 347-6119

A little historic Burger and sandwich joint right off 12th near the National Mall is a burger shack/diner called “Ollie’s Trolley” which is a DC Landmark institution for the last 30 years. Family owned and operated, voted best for its burgers and seasoned fries as well as its shakes. Brightly lit and vivrant, not hard to miss. I had the Crab Cake burger which was fabulous, but wasn’t that impressed by the infamous seasoned fries. Cheap and affordable. Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5. Visited 2/21/09.


Crab Cake sandwich, fries, and coke

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McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants


McCormick’s Seafood Restaurant

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants * http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/ * 1652 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 * (202) 861-2233
Much fancier than the Legal Seafoods competitor down the road on 7th, McCormick’s & Schmick’s was recommended to me by a conference attendee at the 2009 ESRI Federal User’s Conference as the best seafood restaurant in town. So I had to go check it out. Plus I owed myself a birthday dinner so why not? The prices were comparably better than other seafood restaurants I found in town – though still high priced. They say you pay for quality. However, I paid almost the same amount at McCormick’s as I did at Legal, and got better food, better portions, at a better price. A younger company than Legal, and lacking some of the historical charm that Legal Seafoods seems to express; this is yet another chain – much larger than Legal scaling about 80 restaurants since early 1970s when Bill McCormick and Doug Schmick teamed together. They claims to networks only with local reputable seafood purveyors to obtain only the freshest seafood from local waters and beyond. They were running a Lunch (2 course) and Dinner (3 course) special the week I was there. I got the Dinner combo – Shrimp with Mango appetizer, 1.25 lb. Steamed Lobster with corn on the cob, new potatoes, and asparagus; and a mixed berry dish for $30. It was most excellent. The service was good, but the server was less friendly and to the point than I experienced at Legal. Overall I had a great dining experience and would recommend them to any seafood lover. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. Visited 2/21/09.


Fresh lobster at McCormicks

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Legal Seafoods (Washington, D.C.)


Crab Cake Combo


Legal Seafoods * www.legalseafoods.com * 704-708 7th st, Washington, D.C. 20001 * 202-347-0007
Enter in the historic fishmarket turned restaurant that still proudly boasts to be first and foremost a seafood market with restaurant services. What was once a market is now an eastern chain all with fine dining, personable staff, and great food. They boast the freshest seafood straight from the local fishing ships. While it does somewhat have a modern look of a fish restaurant, it does have fine dining at the tables. My waiter was extremely friendly and helpful with my menu choices and was a top server. Appetizers were overly encouraged. I understand why, because even with the higher priced combination plate of exquisite Crab Cake, a couple of shrimp, and scallops; the portions were meager on the seafood side, except the salad which was at good portions. I had a great experience. Top restaurant, but lacking with the portion size when you compare the higher than average price for the good. Rating: 4 stars out of 5. Visited 2/20/09.


Legal Seafoods

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Tony Cheng’s Seafood Restaurant (Washington, D.C.)


Tony Cheng Seafood Restaurant

Tony Cheng Seafood Restaurant * 619 H Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001 * 202.371.8669

Right in the heart of China Town, near the Verizon Center not far from the National Mall, is this large Chinese Seafood Restaurant with Asian delight. A Blue Ribbon Winner restaurant rated Axxes Top 50 Restaurant has great food that this reviewer can stamp satisfaction on. However, on my visit, while friendly, the waittress was pushy and wanting to move customers in/out quickly even though the place was empty and didn’t have too many patrons at the moment which soured some of the experience. The food however was fabulous. I had the Shrimp Kung Pao which hit the spot and was sensational. A side of spring rolls added extra delight. The cost of the dishes were higher than they should have been and that was a dampener as well. Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5. Visited 2/18/09.


China Town

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