Captain Jim's Seafood

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Fresh seafood restaurant/market with a pretty decent selection of fresh and shipped seafood.

What we had:

I had the stone crab and my DH had the tuna with fries. I had never had stone crab before, so I had no earthly idea what to expect. I love crab, and the black fingernails of the crabs are cute. They kind of look like cartoon claws. I ordered a pound of "medium" crab ($20.99). No side. They were chilled but not frozen, which I didn't expect. The meat was... interesting. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. There is no threat to King Crab here. Not as bad as Dungeness, not as good as the old standby, Snow. I would like the meat better in a crabcake, I think. It had a different taste. Not muddy, like a Dungeness, just not sweet like a King. Kind of hard to describe. The shell, now that was something else. It was crazy thick. Like, you can't crack it without some form of tool, and thankfully someone had whacked it with a mallet before service. The meat also stuck to the inside of the shell and the white thingie in the middle of the claw like nobody's business. I was actually tired of eating the crab long before I'd finished. (I can inhale some crab. Crab for me is a messy, messy experience. I will go after a shred of crab like a weiner on a badger.) I also think I detected the faint taste of bleach, but I'm not 100% sure on that one. I am extremely sensitive to bleach, and it could very well just have been carry-over from cleaning the cases out. I just mention it here, more as a note to myself as something to watch for next time.

My DH's tuna steak was great. Seasoned well, cooked nice and rare. The meal was also served with a nice crab salad appetizer of sorts with crackers. It was tasty, but I miss hushpuppies.

D├ęcor:

The decor was typical local fish joint. There wasn't much. Plastic plates & cutlery, but that's a good sign for a local fish joint.

Service:

Not bad. The girl that brought our drinks was strange, but the waitress/barmaid was nice enough.

Overall impressions:

We will go back. There were 4 or 5 things on the menu I was excited about (including conch). The food seems honest. Not fancy, but fresh and honest. And, I saw almost nothing on the menu that you had to order fried.

No company website; what Google says

Rating:

3 out of 5 salamanders (tentatively, I'm hoping for 4 next time)

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