We’ve eaten at other of the restaurants in the Tselios family of restaurants (Pasta Bella – I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about that place – and Casa Grande), but we have missed the three in Marietta. Tonight, we knocked one of those off the list with Marietta Fish Market. We were heading back from Woodstock towards home and I made the audible call, cancelling the cooking of dinner and declaring it a fish night.
Entering, we passed by the chilled glass display case containing the massive cakes and pies that are the hallmark of this group of restaurants and were seated in a booth in the middle. Decor was a bit over the top, reminiscent of a cruise ship dining room. While seafood focused, this menu is very diner-like in it’s broadness (10 or more pages and 10 specials, at any given time). I started with a bowl of the seafood gumbo, which had a tasty roux base.
We didn’t know it until we walked in the door, but the nightly special was a pound and a half lobster for $16.95. That made tonight “lobster night” for my lobster-loving wife.
The lobster was good. It wasn’t ocean-fresh, but it was as good as you’d find at most, non fine dining, local restaurants (and way better than the chain with “lobster” in the name). The thing below it is a “seafood clam” – a house-made concoction of crab meat and fish, baked into a clam shape. It was tried – let’s leave it at that.
In the midst of a recent spate of eating “better”, I forewent the fried options and chose a grilled whole rainbow trout, with mixed vegetables and a sweet potato.
The fish was fine, not stellar. The sweet potato was hot and melted the butter as soon as I put the butter on it. I don’t know that I made the best choice for where I was, option-wise. It was a healthier choice, but the folks around us with the piles of fried fish, hush puppies and fries sure seemed to enjoy their meals…