Rest. Week - Searching for Seafood
I'm taking my mother to dinner on Friday for her birthday. We decided to do one of the restaurant week specials and were in the mood for seafood, so I narrowed it down to either Sea Catch, Oceannaire or Ten Penh. If anyone out there tries (or tried last time) one of these places, I'd love an opinion, since this promotion seems to be hit or miss. Thanks!
Ten Penh is not typically seafood. Sea Catch I haven't been to in a long time and Oceannaire I visited when it was new, probably too soon to post an opinion because it has improved.
But what about Kinkead's or Johnny's Half Shell? They are the two best seafood restaurants in the city along with Jerry's Seafood in Lanham, MD. Kinkead's won a James Beard Award and Johnny's Half Shell has been lauded in every review.
In a post below I noted Taberna: if you wanted to stick to seafood their jambas ajillas (shrimp in garlic butter) and zarzuela con marciscos (seafood stew) are both excellent. I'll bet your mom would really appreciate this restaurant and they certainly would go out of their way to make you and her feel special.
True Ten Penh is not strictly seafood, but given the nature of asian cuisine, it's a good bet that's it's on the menu. And given that T.P. is one of the hottest restaurants in the city right now, it's probably pretty good. I've been to T.P. and completely enjoyed Jeff Tunks interpretation of indo-asian cuisine. I've been to Kinkead's and it is excellent, but you'll pay for it. Johnny's is 9 times out of 10 delicious, but can sort of skip a beat every so often. And all I will say about Oceanaire is that I hope that they have improved. What about Georgetown Seafood Restaurant in mid-town (near Sam & Harry's)?
There's a post further down this board on Sea Catch (good review). TenPenh is pan-Asian, not really seafood.