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http://www.keyportfishery.net/

How is the food here?

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Keyport Fishery
150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ

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  1. Have eaten at KF quite a few times; when it's nice weather outside, I always like to get take-out and sit across the street by the water to enjoy my lunch.

    Always been pleased with food as well as portion size (tend to be large for the price IMHO), service, etc. Unlike many folks, I'm not a shellfish enthusiast or a big eater so I usually get one of the fish sandwiches which comes with fries & slaw....more than enough for me. One thing you can count on is that whatever seafood you select will be fresh !

    Was first introduced to Keyport Fishery by my then-boss back in the early 1990s who would take us for lunch there and have been a customer ever since then. They had a bad fire in the shop a few years ago but the owners rebuilt at the same location fairly quickly considering the extent of the damage.

    Very popular down-to-earth 'local' establishment & I think you will enjoy your meal whatever you order.

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    Keyport Fishery
    150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ

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    1. re: bakersma

      I went on Friday for some takeout, it's been awhile but I always remembered it as good stuff. IMO the fishcakes had no fish, flavorless. The coleslaw was also bland. The fried shrimp were not deveined and once again lacked any spice. I feel something might be wrong with me after all these positive reviews, but as former chef for 15 years I need to be honest. I also didn't enjoy the fact that the entire line was shouting "closed" at 8:50pm when they close at 9:00pm. It made me feel that they were doing me a favor.

    2. My first Keyport Fishery platter was in 1977. Although the ownership has changed and after a pretty horrific fire the building rebuilt to it's original luster what matters to regulars is the quality of fresh fish, the staffs generous platters and sandwiches and their customer service which remains fantastic. I share a shrimp and scallop platter with my partner about once every three months, while my hubby goes for the flounder platter about once a month. In the summer the lobster sandwich (although on the small size) was delicious! Keyport Fishery's cole slaw is something I just can't get enough of. The deep fried fries don't wow me so I usually ask for a double slaw instead. I buy a good deal of fresh fish from KF as well. Oh and don't pass up the soup, the chowder is darn good. This time of year we can't sit on a bench to enjoy; maybe a warm running Jeep...but in the summer during some of Keyport's festivals it's a wonderful evening out.

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      Keyport Fishery
      150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ

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      1. re: HillJ

        Growing up in the area in the 60s and 70s, we used to go to KF weekly for fried flounder platters which we would bring across the street and eat on a bench overlooking the water. Love that place and miss it now that I live an hour away. My father was positively addicted to their cole slaw and would eat no other and I was sent there on a weekly basis to load up... Nice to hear it hasn't diminished in quality. As I recall, it was also one of the cleaner fishmarkets - I remember standing there in line with my folks as a kid, being absolutely fascinated with the old pulley system on the fish cases. Getting a craving....

      2. Thanks for the help!! Once we go, I will post! :)

        1. A 70 degree Friday during Lent was all the impetus we needed to take the drive up to Keyport for dinner. It was really good. They use a cracker meal coating on their flounder. The fried shrimp were very good, but I still prefer Mr. Shrimp's popcorn shrimp, as did my daughter. My husband liked this much better, though. The fries were good too, though I had expected more because many people have told me they have the best fries in Monmouth County. For me, that title still goes to Mr. Pizza slice followed by White Castle (Joon Joon, are you here?). They are crinkle cut fries, medium in size. We drove across the street and parked by the water while we ate. My kids got to see people smooching in cars (being 8 and and 6 they could NOT get over this). The tartar sauce was phenomenal. I don't even like tartar sauce, and I could not stop eating this. I don't know what they put in it and they would not tell when I went back to inquire! Delicious. Extremely reasonably priced and very very clean. Good service. All in all a good experience and we will go back again when we are up for a ride 36. I would like to try their crab cakes.

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          1. re: MichelleM131

            Wait, no comment on the coleslaw? As I said, back in Feb, the Keyport Fishery's coleslaw is delicious, nice and tangy and instead of the meh fries, I get a double coleslaw portion. There were dozens of cars in their lot today and many of us sat by the water to enjoy the afternoon. If you ever go when they are offering their lobster sandwich, order it!

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            Keyport Fishery
            150 W Front St, Keyport, NJ

            1. re: HillJ

              Unfortunately, I do not enjoy cole slaw. However, my husband is very picky about his cole slaw and he said that this was the best he has had out. All 4 of my kids gobbled it up as well.

              1. re: MichelleM131

                Oh if you aren't a coleslaw lover, true nuf. Glad to hear the rest of your family joins me in enjoying the KF version, tho. I might have to stop there tonight..... :)

          2. Is this also a Fish Market? I ask because since I moved here in 2004, I have yet to find one that I love.

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            1. re: angelo04

              hi angelo04, yes Keyport Fishery is an excellent fresh fish market. I've purchased shrimp, clams, mussels and a host of fillets there. Naturally the cole slaw. They also sell the boxed brand of breading they use on their take out menu.

              1. re: HillJ

                Ty, generally not fond of Cole slaw, but my grandmother god rest her soul - she passed in 2002, made the best Cole slaw ever. Her secret was white vinegar and sugar. No one in my family even comes close to duplicating it and we have all come to the conclusion that we will never have it again. I will give it a try but the competition on this one is pretty touch, lol. I will report back when we get there, probably soon.

                1. re: angelo04

                  That is stiff competition by my standards too. My own coleslaw has both vinegar and a touch of sugar in it as well. But, I don't consider my own the best I've had. Happy fish shopping, angelo04. I enjoy KF's version because it has very few chopped ingredients but plenty of vinegar tang.