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Seafood Center has been our carryout staple for a while now. It's become a Friday treat to call ahead but arrive a little early to peek into the live lobster tank and check out the cold case, frequently stocked with such delights as crab and asparagus soup, wine-pickled herring, squid salad, nova lox, and stuffed clamshells (a la QQ Buffet but less sketchy). We also like it for summer grilling splurges, tilapia for tacos, and the very occasional attempt at homemade sushi rolls. The staff have always been helpful and patient even in a crushing crowd. So, yeah, we're biased, and Seafood Center better never go the way of their erstwhile neighbor Artamos or there will be rending and gnashing and the like.
A starter of clam strips was a revelation to Nichole and JM, who'd never tried them; more-experienced Michigander Brett said these were pretty good, as thin and chewy as they should be.
The Smorgasbord included about three pieces each of cod, perch, shrimp, and scallops plus a generous side of fries. The breading on all the items seemed identical, though we didn't inquire about cooking procedures.
The pieces of cod were thick and moist, the perch fillets thin and more assertive in their wholesome fishiness. The shellfish were even better: the scallops were huge and meaty, each bite releasing a mix of juices that was just amazing. The shrimp were crazyfresh with flavorful, pinkish meat and bright tails.
The sauces were not great; the tartar tasted a little off and the cocktail sauce was flat. That's easy enough to remedy with another dive into the cupboard, however. Besides, what you really want is malt vinegar. The side of coleslaw was creamy and mayonnaise-based.
Dinner was supplemented by some pickles and, what else, lemonade from the fridge, plus some excellent beer pairings courtesy of Brett: Picnic Ants and Big O from O'so were light and a bit sweet, a good counterpoint to all the grease and salt. If we'd thought to get some dinner rolls, a salad and maybe a key lime pie the meal would have been perfect.