Chef Will Greenwood?s dishes have graced many important meals, from Julia Child?s and Robert Mondavi?s 80th birthday parties to the Head of State luncheons at NATO?s 50th-anniversary celebration. In the '90s, he was even asked by the Clintons to audition to be the White House chef. Today, Greenwood?s Caribbean-Latin fusion recipes inform festive meals at Catch Twenty-Three. Certified fresh seafood and aged steaks cook over a pecan-wood grill while elsewhere in the kitchen, chefs prepare signature dishes such as macadamia-crusted Chilean sea bass and Stockyard Skirt Steak with Chimichurri sauce. Catch Twenty-Three also has live entertainment every Friday night.
Outside Ballyhoo Grill, a sign made to look like a colorful speedboat beckons to passersby, hinting at the smorgasbord of fresh seafood to be found within. A tropical theme permeates the space, with live music setting a relaxing mood and nautical decor—such as a surfboard, an alligator head, and a stuffed and mounted kraken—adorning the walls. Guests dine on surf 'n' turf plates, fish tacos, pulled pork, and burgers as they share friendly conversation and clink cocktail glasses and mugs of draft beer.
At Mangroves, ordering a drink is almost as much of an experience as sipping it—guests ask for wine and cocktails at a handcrafted 60-foot, stained-glass bar. Its eye-catching design fits right into the chic downstairs lounge, dotted with VIP tables where guests revel in bottle service. Upstairs, meanwhile, another full bar awaits visitors, fueling jive sessions on the spacious dance floor. DJs spin there four days a week, playing sets far preferable to the sound of guests blowing over empty champagne flutes.
Late-night partiers can snack on casual bites such as chicken tenders or mac ‘n’ cheese after 10 p.m., but the eatery’s dinner menu reflects the same refinement as the stained-glass bar. Pomegranate-glazed salmon and black Angus filets in blue-cheese sauce delight palates, along with simpler burgers and salads.
When searching for the perfect place to open up their new eatery, Fish Tales Seafood & Steak House owners Dan and Peggy Wesner got all the way to the edge of the ocean, threw up their arms, and said, "good enough." Today, their endeavor has paid off, and diners from near and far come to feast on the restaurant's flaky fish sandwiches. Each day, the kitchen releases its bounty of freshly caught whitefish and tuna onto plates, serving it in steak, fillet, or sandwich form. Chefs also assemble steak, chicken, and salmon into skillets, which arrive to tables chock-full of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and green beans.
Fish Tale’s marina-side location attracts visitors from water and land, with room to dock your sailboat or warmongering naval flotilla. Wooden benches and tiki accoutrements adorn the dining room, and bartenders at the eatery’s two waterfront bars dispense a bevy of frosty brews.
With 50 years of oyster-shucking experience under their rubber-apron belts, Leverock's Seafood House serves fresh and local seafood, steaks, salads, and freshly made desserts in a casual atmosphere with four different menus. Try one of the many signature dishes such as onion-crusted salmon ($9.25–$14.79, depending on mealtime) or Bertha Leverock's clam chowder ($4.99/bowl). Daily specials for lunch and dinner guarantee excitement and adventure twice a day, much like commuting to work by jet pack. Lighter appetites, meanwhile, can indulge in the new After Seven menu filled with two-for-one cocktail deals and plates to share such as Thai chili calamari ($6.99). Maryland-style crab cakes served with garlicky mashed potatoes ($17.95) will keep mouths mesmerized while the eyes take in the various football games and Estonian folkdance-offs being broadcast on six HD TVs.
Start with a cup ($4) or bowl of ($5) of crimson-colored clam chowder or jumbo crab fingers sautéed in garlic and butter ($10). Slurp up a dozen oysters on the half shell ($14), or try a platter of mussels sautéed in a white wine, butter, and garlic broth ($9). Island Seafood Market & Bistro's fresh catches are flown in daily and include whole Maine lobster (market price) and grilled salmon ($14). Feast on ahi tuna ($14) served with creamy wasabi, or opt for a crab pita with celery, onions, and spicy sauce ($8). View the complete menu here.