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Looking for New England style seafood houses

Hi all,

My husband and I just moved to NoVA from metro Boston a month ago. In the last several months I developed a love of fried oysters. In the Boston area, I would just go to XYZ Fish House or XYZ Seafood Shack or something like that and get a box full of oysters (or fried clams, shrimp, etc.). You would just order S,M, or L box. This was all without going anywhere near the water. These places are in unassuming strip malls in the burbs and usually do a huge take-out business.

In NoVA, every time I eat out and there's fried oysters on the menu (Old Hickory Grill's were fantastic), they're generally artfully displayed on a plate with some sort of sauce. Are there any "fish houses" just serving seafood platters, boxes of fried fish, etc. in this area?

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  1. Most will be shocked at my you may have to settle for" answer, but Long John Silver's (Falls Church) still makes a decent piece of fish, pretty good slaw and hush puppies - anything else on the menu, of course, is a bad idea.

    Sadly, they had fried oysters (good ones, and cheap) some years back, but no more.

    I anxiously await other responses - I'd kill for fried oysters!

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    1. re: wayne keyser

      Yikes!! Well, I'm a sucker for hush puppies...

    2. Seafood platters are available in old-fashioned restaurants in Baltimore, but those are getting fewer and fewer all the time.

      I can't help you in northern Virginia.

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      1. re: Hal Laurent

        Had some decent seafood platters in Greektown at a place whose name escapes me. Surprised at the quality of the crabcake.

        And I love me some coddies and a cold Natty Boh.

      2. The four-piece fish "sandwich" at Horace & Dickies on H Street NE is as close as you're likely to come to a decent fried fish box. Carry out only. You get the occasional Lenten fish fries at local churches but those are few and far between.

        1. Charleston in Baltimore is arguably Maryland's best restaurant: one of their specialties is fried oysters with remoulade sauce. Superb.

          Fried oysters are $9.00 at Tackle Box in Georgetown http://tacklebox-dc.com/about-tackle-...

          Also, Kinkead's (originally opened as 21 Federal on Nantucket Island) is one of D. C.'s best seafood restaurants and is known for lobster rolls, fried whole belly clams as well as fried oysters. Legal is here, too. Black Salt (who also have exemplery fried whole belly clams) sometimes feature fried oysters.

          1. You might try Hank's Oyster Bar in Alexandria they have some things I don't if they have fried oysters, but it is closers to the style you want, although the prices aren't. You might try Tacklbox, I haven't been in a couple months now but the belly clams and french fries and grilled bluefish were mm mmm good.

            Also Central has fried oysters on their menu. Not the style you were looking for but I am sure better than Long Johns.