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Jun 20, 2011 12:43 PM

Best Seafood in Metro Detroit?

O.K. Hounds, here we go; I'll be in Metro Detroit (696/275 area but can drive) in mid-August for my father's 80th Birthday. He loves seafood. Where should I take him?

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  1. If he likes craft beers, consider Lily's in Royal Oak. Not a fancy place,
    but plenty fancy enough for a birthday dinner. Caution; we experienced
    a service & mgt meltdown there a few years ago. My wife will still not
    return. Their service is generally "okay," but when they fail, it can be

    I do not recommend Sea Grille on Orchard Lake in West Bloomfield.
    Multiple, serial disappointments that always involved, "over-cooked."

    If budget is no issue, consider Ocean Grill in Troy. Resv
    highly recommended.

    If he likes Cioppino or other italian seafood dishes, consider
    Maria's Restaurant; NW corner of Walnut Lake and Inkster in
    West Bloomfield. VERY small. Resv *required*

    1. If money is no issue saltwater in the MGM is pretty tasty. Their lobster potpie is sinfully decadent. In the burbs? I'd do streetside seafood in bham or northern lakes on Woodward. I've always had good experiences there.


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      1. re: donbui82

        Northern Lakes is a very solid recommendation. It can be a quite noisy, especially for large(r) groups trying to hold a conversation. The area directly south of the entrance is a bit better than the main dining room. Nonetheless, if your 80 year-old has a bit of hearing loss, it may be frustrating ...

      2. Went to Saltwater the other night.

        - their tuna tartare. goddamn what a good dish. Everybody's gotta try this
        - Lobster Pot pie: Very expensive. Market price is somewhere between $85-100. I will, however, venture to say that its the single best entree in Southeast Michigan. it is just so rich, decadent and delicious.
        - The restaurant has taken a step back from what it originally was though. A casualty of the economy, I suppose. The interesting, innovative dishes they used to have has been supplanted by boring-ish basic grill dishes, and four entrees: pot pie, clams with linguine (meh), cioppino, and miso-glazed escolar (used to be chilean sea bass.. incredible.. now.. above average). Its now a basic grill/cold seafood restaurant. Still pretty fresh and good. Just not what it used to be.


        Lobster Pot
        16901 Harper Ave, Detroit, MI 48224

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        1. re: donbui82

          Even though it's a chain I've always enjoyed Mitchell's. Every meal I've had there has been delish! Happy birthday to your father!

        2. At 696/275 you'll be right by one of my favorites, Bone Fish Grill. Their Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer and ahi tuna is always wonderful.

          1. Thanks for the input everybody.

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            1. re: Iowaboy3

              Hey all- if you had to recommend the best fish dish (ie fish with scales, not shellfish) in the area, what would it be?

              1. re: voodootrane

                It might not be highbrow, but the fish and chips at Scotty Simpson's Fish and Chips in Detroit (on Fenkell just west of Lahser), for my money and mouth, is just untouchable. Just too good. Really.

                1. re: boagman

                  Have you tried their Milford outlet? Even with it closer I have only bothered (and it's no bother when it's that good) with the Fenkell location.

                  1. re: Fibber McGee

                    Milford? I haven't heard about that. Are you sure you're not thinking of Brighton? That's the only other place to get them that I've heard about.

                    And no, I haven't tried it. I did *try* to try them there, but happened to be in Brighton on a Monday, and the restaurant was closed on that day of the week, much to my chagrin. I think I ended up going to Cracker Barrel instead.

                    Cracker Barrel
                    475 Rivers Edge, Milford, OH 45150

                    1. re: boagman

                      Obviously, i haven't tried it, either. Yes, Brighton.

                      1. re: Fibber McGee

                        I've been to the one in Brighton, and as long as you stick to the basic fish it's the same stuff.

              2. re: Iowaboy3

                Iowaboy, where did you end up taking your father?