A Guest at Our Table
NOTE: Thanks to our readers for catching a grievous typo. We corrected the spelling of New Jersey and apologize for the clerical error. It was not our intent to offend anyone by our misspelling.
This week we have the special opportunity to share a restaurant review from one of our faithful foodie subscribers and a Grace Before Meals follower. As you recall, I invited our members to join the fun and submit critiques of restaurants they’ve visited during their travels.
(One of the beautifully plated appetizers served at the Culinary Cruise this past summer. It was a whole week of cooking critique!)
This one comes from Elizabeth Quirino, who lives in the Patterson Diocese of New Jersey. Elizabeth shares some of her thoughts about a local restaurant she and her family visited while in Delaware called Northeast Seafood Kitchen. She is also a contributor to the websites: www.asianinamericamag.com and www.queensnotebook.com.
Restaurant reviews from our viewers give your family the chance to share great food finds, but also give you the opportunity to offer constructive critiques about something extremely important to our travels in life: good food! Another interesting point about offering restaurant critiques – they give families a chance to talk about positive and negative qualities and characteristics that can be emulated or avoided in their home or in their own personal lives. In other words, critiques can be both constructive and instructive. If they aren’t practiced or are practiced the wrong way, critiques can easily become destructive. By articulating critiques in an appropriate and selfless way, we can actually learn about ourselves!
(My nephew, very interested in cooking – learning new techniques and improving his skills every day. He may beat me in some “flavor profiles” when it comes to food (he’s great at seasoning his meals), but I would definitely take him in when it comes to kitchen cleanliness!)
Go ahead and share some of your thoughts about different restaurants you’d recommend (or not recommend). Like Elizabeth, your reviews and pictures can help spread the message about good family food in different parts of the country and the world!
Also, be sure to check out her blog, where she will review my cookbook, Grace Before Meals: Recipes & Inspiration for Family Meals & Family Life and one of my recipes, my Arroz Caldo soup recipe.
(Elizabeth Quirino and with her husband Elpidio, and sons Tim and Toby. No wonder she knows her food – she has a household of hungry boys!)
NORTHEAST SEAFOOD KITCHEN : A Restaurant Review
By : Elizabeth Besa Quirino
If you’re ever in the south Delaware area, specifically near the beaches, don’t miss going to NORTHEAST SEAFOOD KITCHEN Restaurant. It was a refreshing change from all of the overpriced restaurants down the shore. From the outside, we saw a casual restaurant encased within a strip mall building. But the exterior looks were deceiving. As soon as we entered, we were warmly greeted by the friendly staff. The first sight that greeted us was the busy kitchen that is visible to the restaurant patrons.
At the helm of the busy operations was Chef Bryan Muzik, who is also the General Manager. I had met Chef Bryan at a “Beach Eats” Cooking Demo right there on the shore, during our week at Bethany Beach, Delaware. After watching his amazing cooking demos, we were convinced to go eat at NORTHEAST SEAFOOD KITCHEN.
(One of the booth settings at Northeast Seafood Kitchen.)
As soon as we arrived at Northeast Seafood Kitchen, we were brought to our table, which was in a nice, comfortable corner spot and offered a great view of the excitement going on in the Chef’s kitchen.
Our waitress was kind and helpful with the evening’s entrees. What was hard was deciding which delicious dish to pick from. Everything on the menu looked delectable.
(Fish & Chips)
We started with 2 appetizers: Roasted Mussels in Chorizo, a superb starter which had some spicy chorizos, swishing around in a zesty, tangy tomato sauce. Another great starter was LEO’S FAMOUS HOT CLAM DIP with Kettle Chips. The kettle chips were light, crisp, had just the right amount of saltiness that complemented the creamy and cheesy hot clam dip.
The appetizers came quickly and were hot, fiery and good. It went well with the beverages we ordered all around. The restaurant has a fine, sturdy wine and beverage list that does not disappoint.
(Grilled Salmon Salad)
The entrees came soon after. My “FISH and CHIPS” was light, crisp and non-greasy. It had huge portions and the crunchy fries that came with it were amazing.
Other entrees our family ordered were : “GRILLED SALMON SALAD, which was elegantly nestled on top of a bed of fresh vegetable greens, laced with a tantalizing dressing.
(Look at the delicious lobster in the mac & cheese)
Next up was the LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE , which according to my son, was terrific with just enough of a sharp cheddar bite swirling in it. There was also some fresh celery mixed in it which totally complemented the cheesy flavors.
We also ordered the LOBSTER BLT with SPICY MAYO, and Arugula . This came with a hefty portion of crispy, homemade kettle chips.
(A Lobster BLT served with Kettle Chips)
When the meal was over, we were so stuffed that dessert was farthest from our minds. We were mulling on ordering a few scoops of ice cream which we eventually did, when out of nowhere Chef Bryan came over with a complementary generous serving of the New England Style Oatmeal Pie Cinnamon with Whipped Cream. Did I mention it was heavenly?
The personalized service, the casual laid-back family atmosphere, and the sensational seafood courses are some of the many reasons why my family and I gave NORTHEAST SEAFOOD KITCHEN a “cool” stamp of approval for this seaside resort town in Delaware.
(Bethany Beach, DE)
Summer doesn’t need to end. Even as the fall weather sets in, drive off to the coastal towns of Delaware …take in the sea sights, enjoy some long walks, great tax-free shopping and best of all, savor the seafood at Northeast Seafood Kitchen, which is open year round.
Northeast Seafood Kitchen Restaurant
29 F. Atlantic Ave.
Ocean View, DE 19970
Price Range: $ 15-$20
Wine List : Good solid choices
Reservations not accepted. So come early!
Elizabeth Besa Quirino is a freelance writer and food blogger of 2 blogs http://www.asianinamericamag.com and http://www.queensnotebook.com. Elizabeth develops recipes, reviews restaurants and cookbooks, enjoys travelling with her family and writes about these culinary adventures in her 2 blogs. Both blogs are about FILIPINO & ASIAN food, as well as GLOBAL CUISINE, cooked from the comfort of home. Most of the recipes featured on her blog, are family recipes from her late Mom, handed and passed around for generations.
Currently, Elizabeth, her husband, Elpidio, and their sons Tim and Toby are parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Flanders, New Jersey. She is also a Contributing Writer for http://www.HomemadeQuirk.com, a community blog of Quirk Books.
Congratulations, Elizabeth, for a great restaurant review and great websites. From reading this review, I’d say Grace Before Meals would give this restaurant only three out 10 Hail Mary’s, which translates to about 3.9 stars out of 5.
Dear Father, we know what is right and wrong in most things in life. It takes great humility to hear when we are doing wrong and to accept the praise when we do something right. Give to us that grace to be humble and to learn from critique, by learning how to critique, and to celebrate the fact that nothing is perfect, until it reaches its fulfillment in Heaven. Thank You Lord for our Grace Before Meals movement, the friends and subscribers who help us give meaning to our meals, and in a special way Elizabeth and her contributions to our efforts. May God bless us all, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Click the picture to watch Fr. Leo’s latest video, where he traveled to St. Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, PA for a “Food Fight”)
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