Friday evening, two friends and I went to Anastasi's Seafood Restaurant/Store at 9th & Washington Avenue. We've been here many times before, but it has been a long while since our last visit. After our meal, it may be an even longer time before our next visit.
The service was spotty - we sat down and ordered our drinks and pondered the menu. Our waitress was friendly enough, though she did not tell us the specials until after we ordered our appetizers. Though this wouldn't normally be a problem, there were one or two appetizer specials that sounded better than what we ordered. She didn't take our order for our entree's until we were finished our apps. The bus boy practically threw the bread and roasted vegies to us from across the room.
Our apps were a miss. Caesar salad, overly dressed. Clams casino - all filling, not very good filling and hardly any clams to be found. I guess I lost the bet on that casino. Plus they were barely warm. The chowder was very rich and a bit too rosy to be traditional chowda, too creamy to be Manhattan.
Two of our entrees were hits - though they were so overly rich, my dining companion and I had some major stomach distress until the next morning.
Tilapia covered in what tasted like a good chowder sauce, creamy with bay scallops and rock shrimp. An ice cream scoop of mashed potatos and tree-trunk sized asparagus. The other entree was billed as home-made spinach fettucine with bay scallops and lump meat crab in a rose' sauce. I think the lump meat was an after thought - could't find much of it. There was way too much sauce, too heavy the pasta was drowning in it. Plus, I think the sauce was made from a Knor Packet. I could taste clumps of the powder mix. The pasta, while definately not the dried box variety, was not home-made in Anastasi's kitchen. Dense and tasteless.
To make the evening a complete bust - the patron's at the bar were - to be polite - obnoxious. Two televisions broadcasting football and basketball were on, and the guys at the bar were obviously big sports fans. Perhaps they would have been better served at Chickie & Pete's but not in a restaurant that is attempting to serve higher end seafood at higher end prices. They were loud and rude and in such small place, a bit too in our faces and table. It was difficult to navigate past them on our way out. Gentlemen, they were not.
Bottom line, unless you're going for some nice fresh fish, or for a quick lunch (as the menu at lunch is less expensive) skip this restaurant. It's not worth the higher prices for a sports bar type attitude/atmosphere.
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