I must admit I was disappointed by my visit to Dewey's. When it comes to BBQ and seafood, I place high expectations on rustic, bare-bones locations. Experience has taught me that in places that look like Dewey Destin Seafood, the food, rather than the decor is made to impress, and I am more than happy to let it. Unfortunately this was not the case. I really wanted to like my meal, and I might consider giving the restaurant another try, but given the prices, I'll probably go someplace else instead.
I ordered the captain's fried platter (shrimp, oysters and fish with fries, slaw and hush puppies) for $17.95 and my husband ordered the grilled mahi mahi (corn and steamed potatoes) for $12.95.
-great location right on the water with indoor and outdoor tables to suit all weather
-we enjoyed watching a pod of dolphins play about 30 feet from our table for at least 10 minutes
-The large shrimp tasted fresh and they were generous with the number.
-large portions, so at least I didn't leave hungry
-Overall, my food was bland and lacked seasoning. That says a lot considering that I prefer most seafood without sauces or strong flavored accompanyments because I like the freshness of the seafood to shine through. Nothing "shone through" here but the oddly paper-like taste of the batter. Apart from the shrimp, I had to add a LOT of salt, ketchup and cocktail sauce to make my food taste of anything.
-The fried fish was very inconsistent. There were three pieces. The first had a strong, fishy odor reminiscent of frozen rather than fresh fish, and was full of bones, so I didn't even try to eat it. When I gave the others a chance, they had a mild flavor (albeit also bland) and did not smell as fishy.
-The grilled mahi was slightly undercooked, and while not terrible, was not worth finishing.
-The french fries were obviously bought frozen rather than being prepared on sight. I could easily forgive this if not for the other problems.
In summary, we were hoping for a simple, rustic meal of fried and grilled fresh fish. What we got was a bland, passable meal which, apart from the shrimp, could have just as easily been recreated by buying fish from the freezer section of the nearby Publix. My husband and I always look forward to fresh seafood on our trips to the Gulf coast, but sadly I would have enjoyed the $10.95 combo basket from my local seafood favorite much more. I consoled myself by saying that I would have happily paid the $8.00 price difference to watch the dolphins play. However, if it is a simple tasty seafood basket you are looking for, you may want to look elsewhere.
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