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the Fish Market Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria

A friend has decided this is where he wants to eat for his b-day dinner...last time I was there (several years ago) I was not impressed. Anyone out there care to tell me I'm wrong so I can get my hopes up? If not, what decent on the menu?

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  1. It may not be superlative, but it's not awful, either.

    I remember some very good fried oysters. Spectacularly large beers help.

    Just hope it hasn't rained heavily upstream - I've seen the place flooded by the Potomac numerous times.

    1. Definitely try the hus puppies. I recall them being excellent.

      1. I don't care for the Fish Market either. Bistro Lafayette is very good at lunch; as is Restaurant Eve (lunch). Vermillion has some good reviews.

        1. Union Street Public house has better surf and turf (at least it isn't skunky, like what they peddle at Fish Market). Heck, I'd rather go to Portners and they're pretty weak except for brunch.

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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            Have to amend this. My last two trips to Union Street, the oysters were iodiney and measly. Ditto for Hank's Oyster Bar, except at twice the price. While I'm not a fan of the Fish Market, their oysters have been large, plump, and briney. When I can't make it to the Maine Avenue Fish Market for raw oysters, I come here.

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              In fact the ONLY reason to go there now is to enjoy the raw bar and the beer specials (depending when you go). I stopped going in 2008 or so as the food steadily went down hill even for my tastes. But theres no reason not to go just to sit at the bar and have a few oysters or clams or such. Even a bowl of chowder along with your schooner of beer (which has only slightly improved in terms of selection). From what I understand they do have some interesting game day specials as well if you are into hanging out in raw bars to watch your local football team play.

              1. re: Insidious Rex

                Agreed. You veer off the raw bar at your peril. Everything fried has been middling to barely edible to downright bad. FYI there are a number of excellent $1 an oyster happy hour deals in DC. The roasted ones at Acadiana are particularly tasty.

                http://dcist.com/2011/12/oyster_happy...

          2. It turned out to be not so bad- again, it was NOT my choice, so the goal was to just make the best of it. I wouldn't recommend it, but it could have been worse. When it's my birthday, there are plenty of other places to eat, but we can wait on that...