Finding a great seafood restaurant is hard to do. Sure, there are the franchises and chains that claim to offer high quality seafood, and sometimes their menu items are quite good, but they still can’t compare with fresh, authentic seafood. You may be wondering exactly how you’re supposed to locate these restaurants.
The location of restaurant is very telling of its quality, especially its freshness. In a coastal city like San Francisco, a seafood restaurant is likely to get its fish fresh from the nearby ocean. If you’re in a landlocked city, the seafood will probably be a few days old, and could even have been frozen. While you can get alright seafood away from a body of water, it won’t be able to compete with the fresh seafood restaurant near the ocean or large lakes.
Now that you’re in a city close to a supply of fresh seafood, you must look at how well each restaurant prepares their seafood. How well do the cooks incorporate the seafood into various dishes? One way to find out is to simply try each restaurant. If you’re only on vacation for a few days, a better idea is to ask around, or check online to see which restaurants other seafood lovers love.
Finally, you want a seafood restaurant that is a pleasure to dine in. The disposition of the servers, the furniture, and even the lighting can make us feel either better or worse about a restaurant selection. This all depends on personal preference of course. If you’re looking for a more upbeat family restaurant, you may want brighter lighting, whereas if you’re looking for a romantic date night, you may want dim lighting.
Once you find a restaurant the meets all three criteria, you can finally sit down and enjoy your fishy feast.