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Jul 22, 2011 11:16 AM

Mr. Shrimp - Belmar

Thanks to finding a few posts about Mr. Shrimp on another CH thread, we recently enjoyed a really great dinner here. This is an excellent choice for a simple fresh seafood or fish dinner.

A few things to note:

-- it's just off the beaten path so you'll avoid the crush of tourists (it's the anti-Kleins!).

-- BYOB.

-- call ahead for a table as they take reservations & request a booth.

-- it's coastal casual, family friendly and is a lot bigger inside than it looks.

-- they have a fresh fish counter/market as you enter for picking up something to go.

-- there's no boats or water in sight, but you'll forget about that, as soon as you taste the food.

J had the sea bass and I had the fried Ipswich clam dinner. Both were excellent. My Ipswich clams were lightly battered and lightly fried so you could really savor the freshness of the clams.

We also loved the crab and cream cheese spread served with the bread sticks.

Where else can you get excellent fish and more served in a very nice dining room by friendly staff that's happy to serve you? We've found our new fav for our shore visits.

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  1. I pretty much agree with your assessment. The only issue on my visit was that they had kept the red pepper flakes in the cooler and condensation had rendered them into a moist, unshakable blob...

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    1. re: equal_Mark

      thanks - it was your post in the "best seafood shack" thread that led us here! Mr. Shrimp is perfect for what it is.

      1. re: Foody4life

        We love it here. My 4 kids love the dip too (but they don't know it has crab in it!). Happy to hear you enjoyed.

    2. I love this place! The fish I have had here have been fabulous!!

      1. Not a fan. I was there for lunch today. While the shrimp and cole slaw were very good, the clams and the scallops on my combo platter were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside - like the batter was not cooked all the way through.
        Maybe it was just the person who was cooking today.

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        1. re: Applecheeks

          After seeing earlier comments on this place we drove from Cherry Hill for Fried Belly Clams. I've got to agree with Applecheeks. The quality of the clams were great but the breading was too dense and overtook the clam. We also had the fish and chips. Once again the quality of fish was excellent but the batter was heavy.
          Fish in the market looked beutiful and if I were to eat there again I think I would try to stay away from breaded items.

          1. re: dkupersmith

            Everything was good but what's up with the New England Clam Chowder...I thought I was eating Campbells Cream of Potato Soup. It had no taste, no clams and was a huge disappointment.

        2. Aside from the excellent food, what I like most about Mr. Shrimp is that the restaurant is spotlessly clean. I've never been in any restaurant so immaculate.

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          1. re: littlejohnnie

            Agree 100% Little Johnny! I said the exact same thing on my firt trip. You could eat off those floors! Spotless!

            1. re: Angelina

              We stopped in yesterday while taking advantage of the weather. 67 degrees! Anyway, we went for the fried Ipswich clams. Not as good as Cape Cod (and no waterview), but pretty darn good. My gal had the app size, and I got the sandwich. Her portion was a little smallish, with a bed of julienned lettuce. Lettuce? Mine was great with excellent fries. Slaw was good. I also sampled a cup of NE chowder. Not too good. Two giant cubes of al dente potato. Hard to find the clams. And a strange flavor that I believe to be condensed milk. Anyway, a great stop for fried clams when we're not up on the Cape. Yeah, it was spotlessly clean!

              1. re: chefdaddyo

                Went there a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed the Ipswitch clams, then I ordered the Fish & Chips entree and was sorely disappointed. The batter on the fish was so soggy it was almost as if it had been leftover from the day before and reheated in the microwave. Bleah...

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  Mr. Shrimp is one of the things my wife and I miss most having moved out of Monmouth County. I always get the crabcake sandwich and my wife always gets the fried shrimp sandwich. We've experimented with other stuff too, but that's what immediately springs to mind. Great service, very friendly atmosphere. Can't recommend it enough.

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    Resurrection time. I've dined at Mr. Shrimp twice in the past couple of weeks and as the original poster commented as to it's positives -it still remains so true and I like the place as sort of a gentrified alternative to the Bayshore and Pete's Fisheries of the world. Went with friends last nite, and Mark, the comment from one who had the fried seafood platter was they loved the light breading with what was inside being moist scallops, shrimp and flounder - very tasty that he couldn't say enough about. Could have been an off nite when you were there as your description is a big turnoff had I had that plate as well. And while I'm rarely a 'fried seafood' guy - I did eyeball the fried Ipswich's for more than just a few moments, contemplating...... maybe next time. - love this place as it's impeccably clean, is a local hang (thank God, they finally ALL LEFT and shut the door..... and before anyone gets their panties in a bunch that was not anti-Benny comment - just loving the ability to walk in on a Saturday nite at 7ish and get immediately seated - and the place was far from empty, wit it being nearly 85% full and in a nice neighborly 'roar'). Recognizing that there's nothing gourmand about Mr. Shrimp - but reiterating that the place serves solid fresh seafood. Last nite I had the Chilean Sea Bass and it was delicious (clean, buttery, moist with a slight brown to the broil). Their sides are nothing fancy (no sour cream, nor leeks in their mash - I opted for the sweet potato fries, with their vegetable sides being bland - steamed with maybe a bit of lemon which I add a bit more from my entree wedge). By the way, their cole slaw is terrific. Also had the R.I oysters (beaver tails?) on the half shell. My wife had their chowder (which are decent, I've had, nothing special), and she had the stuffed flounder which is her favorite. Last time I out, I had their sauteed soft shell crabs and they were very nicely prepared and nice to be able to order as they're not always available. Love the place for it's reasonable pricing of an expensive commodity, cleanliness, and family atmosphere. Can't believe I wasted my time at Klein's the half dozen times over the recent past as we ventured over the bridge.....