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Morgan Fishery in South Amboy- a review


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Morgan Fishery in South Amboy- a review

njchowgal | Dec 18, 2008 03:40 PM

Inspired by the 'Fish and Chips' post, I decided to try Morgan Fishery tonight, and I was glad I did. There is very little information online about this place and there is no website to speak of, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Here's the lowdown; it's a BYO fish shack with good, fresh seafood. While Morgan's seems to be more of a take-out place, we enjoyed dining in and eating our food straight from the kitchen.
Service was warm and prompt. We were greeted immediately and brought menus and wine glasses. The menus were a bit hard to read and blurry, but we eventually chose an appetizer. For starters, we ordered the steamed clams, Morgan style (9.95). Again, I wasn't sure what to expect as the extensive menu does not describe the items, it just lists them and their price. What we received was a giant plate of 13 rather large clams, perfectly cooked, in a fabulous roasted garlic clam broth. This dish was a standout due to the quality of the clams and the depth of flavor of the broth.
The entree section of the menu was over 50 items long, with fish and shellfish served either fried or broiled as a sandwich, entree, or over pasta. There was virtually every combination you could imagine. Since DH and I had a hard time deciding, we went with the seafood combos- one each of broiled and fried. The standout part of the combo was the shrimp. Both the fried and broiled were extremely fresh and firm, and full of shrimp flavor. We also really enjoyed the fried Haddock, which was perfectly fried in a well-seasoned batter. It was probably the best fried fish I've ever tasted, including the fish and chips at McDonagh's in Keyport. The sides were also impressive, with homemade tartar sauce, homemade cocktail sauce, and creamy coleslaw. The only disappointment was the course sea salt on the table. When we shook the dispenser, the salt came out in big balls, which isn't what you want from a salt shaker!
What Morgan Fishery lacks in ambiance (bright lights, plastic plates and utensils), it makes up for in its fresh, simply-prepared food. We will be back soon. I look forward to trying their shrimp cocktail and fresh fish in season. One and a half stars.

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