Is this really a competition anymore? It seems over the past few years that every die hard Brown's fan whom I have coaxed into Markey's has become an instant convert. Even this week, my nephew's wife who grew up going to Brown's declared after lunch that Markey's was definitely better.
I've been to Brown's twice in my life and was not impressed.. I simply like the food, the cleanliness and the service much better at Markey's Lobster Pound. This is the place where I got DH to try steamers for the first time..and now we split an order every time we go.
They have a nice bar that serves beer and wine so he can enjoy a beer with our steamers. I am not a huge fan of fried seafood but I can't resist the scallops at Markey's. I tried a bite of the fried fish this week and it was excellent..although it's tough to beat their baked haddock. The only drawback I can see is the chowder. It's just not all that good.
Another plus for Markey's is that they are located next to an ice cream stand and a Tripoli Bakery location..that is if you have room for dessert.
Compare that to Brown's. Brown's fried seafood simply isn't at good, at least in my opinion, it is BYOB (no thanks!) but they won't let you bring in your own water bottle. Brown's also..for some strange reason..serves pepper steak subs. What self respecting lobster pound adds pepper steaks to their menu? If you want dessert then you have to cross busy route 286 to get to the ice cream stand and bakery.
I will say..it's somewhat disappointing that kids can no longer toss their leftover fries off the porch at Markey's for the seagulls to catch..although I completely understand the decision :-)