This was my second trip to Striper Bites. My partner and I went to lunch there a few months ago. The seafood enchilada was fair, nothing I would order again. The Striper Bites Club sandwich was pretty good. Since we had money left on the gift certificate we decided to try dinner there.
My first observation was that many of the appetizers had red pepper as an ingredient and many of the entrees had crab as an ingredient. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it wasnt the variety I was looking for. This probably speaks to the fact that many of the dishes are similar and the sauces are used in more than one dish.
My companion had a salad, which for June was a bit on the wintry side with bleu cheese and pine nuts. It was a decent enough salad, but not memorable. I had the scallops with a cream and sweet pesto with grilled zucchini and mashed potatoes. My partner had the Rockfish with crab, hollandaise, mixed vegetables and rice.
Overall, it appeared that nothing was seasoned and the sauces were the intended flavor. On all counts, the seafood was excellent quality, very fresh and plentiful. That is the only positive comment I can make. Admittedly, I am not impressed with anyones ability to make a pesto sauce, as it is a no-brainer, the cream sauce was mainly lackluster. The zucchini was fair and the mashed potatoes were dry and tepid. Even worse was the rockfish, a beautiful piece of fish that had been broiled too long and thus arid. The vegetables were swimming in oil and the rice required nothing more than opening a box.
It was a most dissatisfying experience. Thankfully, it was free. For $50 + tip, I would have likely complained about the food had I been paying. I have $25 left which may go for dessert and coffee on their patio or possibly a lunch if I am in the area.
For my money, Ill stick with Fish On.
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