Maritime munchers can lounge in the soothing ambience of the Ohio River and passing boats while perusing the tasty sights of the menu. Sun-gazing feasters can grab a table on the expansive summertime outdoor patio to properly enjoy a three cheese burger ($9.50) or one of many sandwiches, including the oven toasted Mediterranean vegetable sandwich with zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, mozzarella and parmesan. Indoor diners can sit in the stone-walled lodge while satiating an appetite with a delicious medley of New York strip steak ($29), glazed salmon ($18) or a platter of fried or broiled cod, shrimp and scallops served with cole slaw and steak fries ($19). Thirsty sailors can cure a dry throat with one of four draft beers or more than 20 bottled selections, as well as a vast listing of white and red wines and specialty cocktails such as Captain's Lemonade, which is shaken up with Three Olives Citron, triple sec, sweet and sour mix and a splash of lemon-lime soda. Captain's Quarters Riverside Grille also regales guests with occasional live musical entertainment and tales of nautical adventures hunting mythical sea creatures such as the Lochness monster and Hulk Hogan.
Celebrated fish dishes from around the country inspire The Seafood Connection's lunch menu, which sports favorites such as the Louisiana shrimp po' boy ($6.49), the San Diego fish taco ($3.99), and the New England clam chowder ($5.49/pint). Kids and coordinated sea cows can nosh on finger foods such as fish nuggets ($3.99) or a grilled cheese ($3.50), both of which come with fries. After burying the treasures atop a golden-fried shrimp platter ($8.99) deep within bellies, inspired patrons can peruse the fresh-fish counter's seafaring cookables to take home. The Seafood Connection serves lunch Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. It is open for retail Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and on Sundays from noon–5 p.m.
The Highland Fish Market and Wine Shoppe has been shelling out cold sea satisfactions for the past fifteen years. The market displays both live Canadian hard-shell lobsters (reg. 18.99/lb.) and fresh or frozen alligator-tail meat by the pound (reg. $13.99). The fridges also hold live Virginia littleneck clams (reg. $6.99/lb.) and handmade Maryland crab cakes ($3.50 for 2 oz.), the handy companions of handmade roasted-red-pepper sauce ($2.99). Ring shrimp around cocktail dishes or dresses with peeled and de-veined large shrimp available raw (starting at $11.88/lb.) or cooked (reg. $12.88/lb.). The fresh, wild Boston haddock (reg. $14.99/lb.) and fresh, wild, river-caught king salmon (reg. $21.99/lb.) delight with a flurry of flaky bites, and the fresh yellowfin tuna (reg. $24.88/lb.) remains chilly and primed for at-home knife work performances.
Though Ahoy! caters to a fish-loving crowd, you can kick off the feast with an order of fried green tomatoes ($4.50), sliced, cornmeal-flecked, fried until golden, and served year round. Seameat fans will squeal with delight for the cod priced according to size and number of sides. Try a medium order with your choice of one side, such as green beans or crinkle-cut fries ($6.99). Other aquatic eats include fried clams, tilapia, and grilled salmon. The restaurant also offers a selection of specials, such as a giant grouper sandwich ($9.99) and baja-style tacos ($7.99). Stop in for live bluegrass serenades during the first Friday of each month, and support local artists who may or may not only play music about local weather, local hairstyles, and local underground cities.
For more than 60 years, KingFish Restaurants have been grilling, broiling, and frying a bounty of sea-dwelling edibles. Lobster tails, tilapia fillets, and freshly shucked oysters punctuate a menu of more than 25 seafood selections that adorn plates breaded in a golden crust or blackened in Cajun seasonings. More terrestrial morsels arrive in the form of fried frog legs and 10-ounce rib-eye steaks, which are grilled to order and taught to swim before arriving to tables.
The flavors aren't the only things inspired by the majesty of the water, though; two of the restaurant's locations are perched directly on the banks of the Ohio River. Diners can gaze through expansive windows or breathe fresh air on a covered patio as they savor their meals amid sparkling waters framed by the Louisville skyline. The understated sound of rushing water is periodically interrupted on select nights, when live bands entertain dinner guests and provide a soundtrack for the underwater ecosystem's endless Disney auditions.
When Shahram and Gita Pouranfour—with the help of their sons, Farzan and Arman—first started a family-style restaurant in South Louisville, their main goal was to cater to families and seafood lovers. After years of success at this original restaurant, Fishery Station, they started adding more exotic food items, such as shark and alligator tail, to the menu alongside their traditional seafood and chicken platters. Along with the exotic fare, they incorporated Shahram’s Persian and Gita’s German cultural influences as well, adding basmati dill rice, gyros, and chicken schnitzel.
They’ve continued these same traditions at The Fish Fry House, where families can dine-in or carry out, and Shahram still enjoys cutting and hand-breading pounds of fish daily before it’s transformed to one of the popular platters or sandwiches.