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Water Street Seafood Restaurant
Havre De Grace, MD
Every now and then I come across a family owned restaurant which today is considered an endangered species.
You look around and all you find are big name fast food corporations too many to even mention. But the menu in general is the same, all types of chicken, submarine sandwiches and everything in between that pops in the microwave.
Staff is trained to just serve the food, a body, thats it but when I went to this restaurant today at around 1:30 pm on Friday, wasn't busy but cnsidered after the lunch hour, customers were still coming in. Yes, its seafood and you'd figure it would be expensive but everything on the menu was average priced, except for the crabs which were pretty high.
My waitress was very nice, pleasant and very professional. The menu was simple and easy to read front and back. The porch Gazebo was decorated with painted picnic tables in very nice colors. I felt I was on a tropical island looking into the river (Susquehanna River).
I asked about the crab prices and quickly looked to see what else they had.
They had raw clams, (little neck), I ordered a dozen fr $ 12.00, not bad, they were freshly shucked and a little coktail sauce and fresh horseradish made it so delicious. The only minor concern was they didn't cut the clam from the shell. Otherwise, fresh clams were delicious, briny and very sweet.
Then I saw Angels on Horseback (small to medium size oyster in a panko breadcrumb and deep fried with a slice of bacon. The dipping sauce was a horseradish Aioli. I then ordered a Gator Po Boy, (alligator tail) deep fried in morsels on a fresh submarine bun (Milano roll) with lettuce and tomatoes drizzled with a homemade Cajun mayo, perfecto!
This is my first of many trips to small family run businesses to rate them based on what I hear from customers and friends and rate them to help them with free advertising and publicity.
On Cef Woo Can rating scale of 1- 10 with 10 being excellent, I give Water Street Seafood Restuarant a 100. They re that good with truly fresh food, they make sure its right and presentable and along with their friendly staff, I didn't feel like a number being pushed in then pushed out. It was relaxing.
Any recommendations in MD let me know. I''m a NEW York transplant, so I cut to the chase and call it like it is and Water Street Seafood passed with flying colors.
I'll definitely be back and will tell all my friends, viewers on both Facebook and YouTube as well as potential travelers looking to discover some sights and sounds of Maryland.
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