It had been awhile since I went to lunch with friends, so I called up a few of them and made a date to go to a new restaurant that had opened recently. I immediately loved the name “The Foxy Fish” and hoped it would be a great seafood adventure. Its location was in Mechanicsville on Route 5 and had in a previous life been a seafood market/restaurant and a crab house. I had never been to either of those restaurants so this new one would have to be judged on its own. I always do a little homework before going so I know what to expect. But in this case, there were some pictures of a nice renovation on the website and the hours for dining with wait staff and credit cards accepted. But no menu! I thought that maybe it was too new to set a menu in stone until they saw what would sell.
The parking lot was a little rough but the interior made up for that and more. The dining area was nicely appointed with lovely artwork adorning the walls. Some of the dining tables were covered with paper, such as you would find in a crab house, while others were not. Next door was the seafood market & carryout, where you could buy your seafood and take it home to prepare or pick up your to go orders. The wide plank floors and porthole windows with the artwork, added a very nautical touch.
Our waitress appeared as soon as we were seated and gave us menus and took our beverage order. Looking at the menu, there were a lot of choices in the seafood category but also items for those who don’t happen to like seafood. The menu offered appetizers, signature salads and soups, to which you could add a skewer of shrimp or grilled chicken for $3.99 extra, sandwiches and subs, including old favorites Steak and Cheese, BLT, Cheeseburger and a grilled or fried chicken sandwich. From the steamer you could have steamed shrimp by the pound, hard crabs by the dozen, snow crab legs by the pound or oysters by the dozen. The menu also offered entrées for meat dishes or seafood dishes and came with two sides. And the restaurant did not forget the little skipper’s with their own choices of favorites like grilled cheese, Ramen Noodles, Macaroni & Cheese, pizza, chicken tenders, or cheeseburger that come with a side and a soft drink. And then there are desserts. While looking over the menu, a very friendly man came by the table to let us know they had hard crabs, in case we decided on them.
For appetizers we started the party with the hot crab dip and rockfish bites. On the main course, we decided to order something different so we could find out what was good and what wasn’t. Deciding on our entrées, we ordered the Soft Shell Sandwich, the Jumbo Fried Shrimp Platter, the Crab Cake Platter, Oyster Po Boy Sub, Cheeseburger and Fries, and Steak and Cheese Sub with Fries.
Digging into our appetizers, we found the hot crab dip to be addicting and the rockfish bites nice and tasty with a dipping sauce for those who wanted. Soon our dinners arrived and we had to dig right in as they looked so enticing. Once the eating started, there was very little talking so you knew that the food was really good. The crab cake platter came with two good size crab cakes with an ordered side of garlic mashed potatoes and Coleslaw. The only word I heard was “good” and there was nothing left when they had finished eating. Asking about the soft crab sandwich with a side order of French fries, the answer was “thumbs up” as my friend was too busy eating. The Oyster Po Boy Sub came with lettuce and tomato and a side order of French fries. The oysters were deep fried and excellent. I enjoyed my Jumbo Shrimp Platter with sides of baked potato and Coleslaw. The shrimp were jumbo and were fried to a nice golden brown and the Coleslaw was fresh and crisp with a nice taste, not too vinegary as some places make it. For the land lubbers in our party, the steak and cheese and the cheeseburger hit the spot. Everyone agreed the French fries were great.
Even though we stuffed ourselves with the appetizers and entrées, we decided to try out the desserts. We decided to get four of them and do a “pass around” to see how they stacked up as desserts. We ordered the Caramel Apple Pie ala mode, a Crème Brulee Cheesecake, a cupcake stuffed with cookie dough, and an Almond Creek Red Velvet Cake. Desserts are made locally by Almond Creek Bakery in Mechanicsville, as our waitress told us, and had a made from scratch taste, not store bought. My friend with the cupcake wouldn’t share but the rest of the desserts were shared and each of them got a rave review!
To sum up my experience at The Foxy Fish, I would give it thumbs up for cleanliness, friendliness, décor, wait staff and the awesome food. The only negative is the unpaved parking area. I was told they have put in an application for Keno, so I don’t know how that will affect the wait staff and waiting for a table. I did not order anything in the seafood market this time, but I will next time. This place is new, having been recently opened in late March, so I will see if it stays on its current path to being a great restaurant.
28976 Three Notch Road
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Open: Mon-Wed-Thurs-Sun 11 am – 9 pm
Fri & Sat 11am – 10 pm
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