After properly cooking a lobster, its once-brown exoskeleton turns bright red, letting chefs know that it's both ready to serve and profoundly embarrassed for showing up without pants. Make a meal of deliciously mortified seafood with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seafood at Calabash Seafood in Mechanicsville.
The chefs at Calabash Seafood craft a menu of grilled, broiled, and fried seafood and tender, land-dwelling fare. The deluxe platter ($24) invites guests to dive into all four quadrants of the sea with fried-up mouthfuls of flounder, shrimp, oysters, scallops, and molded crab cakes. The succulent and sweet fried canadian scallops ($23.75 for deluxe) and fried or broiled homemade crab cakes ($18.75 for four) double as disks for taste-bud matches of frisbee golf. Fusions of land and sea include the combo of a 10-ounce filet mignon and fried shrimp ($24.75) and the pairing of a half-rack of ribs and snow-crab legs ($21), which supplies patrons with their daily recommended dose of snow crab.
Surrounded by images of the seafaring vessels of yore, diners pull up to tables or ease into plush, high-backed booths in the dining room, then burn off meal-accumulated carbs while breakdancing on the on-site Club Midway's dance floor. Guests can dine in Mother Nature's embrace amid the outdoor patio and bar, where forks are assisted to mouths by gentle breezes.
7514 Lee Davis Rd.
Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111