On the insistence of user menton1 on the Legal Seafood/Paramus thread today, we went and checked out Seafood Gourmet in Maywood. Its a cute, family owned fishmonger type of place, been in biz for 17 years according to its owner, John. The place is very clean and very busy, and no fishy smells at all (there is literally no odor in there whatsoever) which is a good sign of a good fish store.
We ordered the baby crab cakes, the fried clams, grilled scallops and fried shrimp.
They have two little tables which you can sit at in the store, apparently the seats are all taken during normal lunch hours.
The fried clams are whole belly CHERRYSTONES, not Ipswitch like Legal Seafoods and many New England clamshacks use. So we are really not comparing apples to apples here. They were very good, but they have a chewier texture and not as soft as Ipswitches. They were dredged in the McCormick seafood GoldenDipt bread crumb mix, recommended by Brooke Dojny in her New England Clamshack Cookbook
. French fries were perfectly done, not too greasy.
Rachel's scallops were slightly overdone but they were very tasty. I think next time we will order them fried according to menton1's recommendation, as it seems they do a good job with the fried stuff at this place. The fried shrimp (not shown) were very good, quickly fried, also with the McCormick breading, not greasy. The baby crab cakes were good, had a good ratio of breading to crab, but didnt particularly excite me.
The owner, John, plans to extend the size of his store to accomodate a 35 seat restaurant sometime in the near future. We really look forward to this because the dearth of good local seafood places in the area.
Edited by Jason Perlow, 24 October 2003 - 07:40 PM.