Durham >Fishmonger's Seafood Market
The Best Seafood! Service? It's like home!".
(UPDATE 2010: Still the best place for seafood!) This is a great place to eat by yourself or with close friends. They use brown paper tablecloths, and newspapers stay scattered on a table for diners to read. If you sit at the bar you can watch TV and even use the remote (kinda like home, huh?). You don't get pampered or blown away by the decor, which hasn't changed any in 20 years.
What you do get is Great prices and very fresh seafood. ($5.00 for a dozen Oysters, steamed or raw on Fridays!) The fish and crabs, scallops etc are all great. There are always specials on the board. Yeah, I know, you don't get "white-glove" service, but that's more like home too!
This is like an old shoe...it just feels good - again and again. When you can eat seafood and have a beer or two for under $15, what is there to complain about?
great seafood house. I love this place. I love seafood and they do a great job in that department. Don't go here expecting the kind of service you gety from a chain. It simply isn't that kind of place. Go here to sit and drink a good beer and talk to your friends while your waiting for some really fresh seafood at a good price.
One hour, no food. Fishmongers gave me my worst experience in dining out thus far. It took about fifteen minutes before anyone asked for our drink order or brought us menus, and another fifteen to get the drinks--which ended up being wrong, but no one ever came back to our table to check on us. As soon as a couple walked in and sat next to us, we told them they should leave before they could even get a chance to order, and others around mirrored our comments to them. After a little over an hour, we decided to leave. As we were walking out, our "waiter" had the nerve to tell us that it was all right because he hadn't put our food order in yet. The service is TERRIBLE. With such a great location, you would think that the owners would have a little more pride in serving their customers.
MMmmmm.. Wow. Just as good as home (New England). I hate to admit it but better than my Moms. Glad I found this place. Ill be there alot til school is out! Great Oysters, Chowder and Bisque are addictive. Frogmore Stew was a real treat!
diamond in the rough. I have have been coming to this restuarant for years. I always receive the freshest seafood possible, both in-house and from their market. The staff are friendly, and seating is prompt. The atmosphere is great--beachy and laid-back. The cooking compliments the food and doesn't over-power it. I recommend the fish n' chips at lunch, and the homemade french fries, onion rings, and made-from-scratch banana pudding are incredible. There are several options for non-seafood eaters, from fresh veggies to the best barbeque around. Fishmonger's provides options for the health-concious (grilled, steamed, etc.) and those less calorie-concious. A grest compliment to the food is the bar. Their beer selection is one of the best in town, featuring many NC beers and microbrews--and served in a frosted mug! Definitely one of my favorite places to eat, this landmark and hidden jewel is a rare find and a must for anyone in the Triangle.
Good Food - Horrible service.
When we arrived there were 5 other customers. We placed our order for an appetizer & meals and iced tea. Received the tea. 55 minutes later our meals arrived delivered by the cook - no appetizer. Never received refills nor did the wait person ever return to our table. As we were leaving the wait person asked how everything was. Our response was the food was great but the service was horrible, her response: "How could that be? Well, we weren't prepared for this big a crowd tonight."
Perhaps if she hadn't attended to one table with an attractive young man every 5 minutes while ignoring the other customers this experience would have been more pleasant.
Recommend they install a self service soda and iced tea dispenser and have customers pick up orders at the counters when their number is called and do away with wait people all together.
a rare find. It is unusual to find a restaurant where every aspect of ones dining experience is poor. Usually, ambiance, food, drinks, timliness of service... is satifactory. Not the case with Fishmongers. I visited June 30, 2002; was greeted by a non-airconditioned inferno; drank tepid beer; waited fourty minutes to be served; ate oysters that an idiot teenager shucked then rinsed off with tap water; ate blue crabs that tasted as if they had been cooked two days post-mortem; was served inedible corn that must have sat in a pot of boiling water for as long as the crabs had been dead; visited an unclean restroom that contained neither toilet paper or paper towels. Finally, I sat at the bar across from the walk-in cooler which, when opened by staff members exuded a stench of decay. An unpleasant experience start to finish; a job well done by the staff/owners of Fishmongers.
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