That's the way I felt after a celebratory pre-Father's Day meal at Seafood Gourmet, the fish market/restaurant in Maywood where the fresh fish you see in the refrigerated case usually lands on the menu.
OK. I didn't get heartburn from the meal, but in what has become a pattern, my fish and wild shrimp were overcooked -- short of drying out, but not ideal.
And I was completely turned off by all of the cheap iceberg lettuce in my seafood-and-salad entree and the salad my wife got with her Broiled Crab Cakes ($22).
Iceberg is only good for a restaurant's bottom line: It's 95 percent water, and has absolutely no nutritional benefit.
For my birthday last November, I splurged on a 2.5-pound lobster ($48+), and although I wanted the crustacean steamed, the kitchen broiled it, judging from scorching on the claws, and it was overcooked.
I also recall a takeout order of wild King Salmon fillet, which was cooked through instead of medium, as I requested.
Looking back on meals I've enjoyed at Seafood Gourmet dating to 2010, all this overcooking is disappointing.
The no-frills dining room has only about 40 seats, but when they are full, the kitchen doesn't seem to be able to handle orders properly.
Here are links to previous meals:
My mother-in-law enjoyed another dinner special, Seared Wild Salmon, finished with a Carrot-Ginger Sauce and served with Jasmine Rice and Bok Choy ($25). A cup of Lobster Bisque was included.
My wife loved her Broiled Crab Cakes, served with soup or salad, vegetables and potato ($22). Still, she choose the house salad, and was turned off by too much iceberg lettuce, too.
With my halibut-and-shrimp entree, I got a cup of the Montauk Seafood Chowder, which lived up to its name with tender calamari, scallop and shrimp in a light tomato broth. We also enjoyed a side dish of sauteed spinach ($5).
|The Dinner Specials on Saturday at Seafood Gourmet.|
|A working fish market in front ...|
|... and a BYO dining room with about 40 seats in back.|
BYO, free street parking, reservations highly recommended on weekends.
Website: Right off the boat