I will start this review by stating that I am not a seafood lover. I was born and raised in NM and my idea of seafood as a child was fishsticks and ketchup.That was my past experience. Fortunately I have learned that trying different foods makes life more enjoyable and I do what I can to overcome silly misconceptions. I have made it a point that when I am in a coastal city or town that I will go to a seafood restaurant and sample local flavors, albeit its mainly tilapia or salmon. Hey! Give a brother a break! :)
I was in town visiting family and Conchy Joe's was their suggestion for that Saturday evening. We arrived just in time to catch one final song by the reggae cover band that plays in the bar area. Good times were had by all, although the rain kept diners out of the patio area.
We were seated in the dining area and the family ordered Fried Calamari and Alligator Tid Bits to begin. Both were okay, nothing special. Although, in comparison to Pappadeaux, there was less meat on Conchy's alligator. The bread basket was good. Again, there was nothing special about any of the breads. For dinner I ordered the Fish in a Bag...and it was disappointing. I've had better tilapia from a NM restaurant. One reason for the disappointment was the price. Conchy Joes is pretty expensive. If you read my other reviews, you see I appreciate a good value. I do not consider myself cheap, but when I pay about $20 for fish, well, I anticipate eating it all. Not here, it cooled off within five minutes and the dark spots were a turn-off. Of the ten of us that ate there that night, only 2-3 enjoyed the food and were okay with the prices.
Other aspects about the restaurant- Service. We were a family of 10, but our waitress seemed bothered. I do not know if it was us, but she didn't seem to be particularly concerned with getting my aunt her salad nor my uncle his beer. She was okay, but once again, when you eat at a restaurant with $20 entrees, you expect a certain level of service. I didn't receive it here.
Overall, the restaurant was okay. Nothing special and nothing to remember. I also ate at Kona Beach Cafe and had a better experience. Feel free to check that out. :)