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Tony's in Marshall for BBQ Oysters

gordon wing | May 31, 200408:16 PM

After a nice walk at Limantour Beach we had a hankering for some seafood ... drove North up Highway 1 to Tony's in Marshall, just South of Hog Island Oyster Co. Tony's is right on the water and has the requisite working boats moored just off the piers - picturesque in a low key way. I really wanted to like this place more than I did. We had the BBQ'd oysters, a cup of clam chowder and a combo of fried squid and fried scallops (plate) The BBQ oysters were the tastiest item - large oysters smothered in a tomatoey BBQ sauce - oysters were creamy and warm - the sauce sizzling when they came to the table.....a bit less sauce might have let the oysters shine through a bit more but good nevertheless. The clam chowder was barely OK - a bit thick for my taste but that's not uncommon.....a fair amount of clam bits but just not a lot of clam flavor. I probably wouldn't order this again. The fried seafood was disappointing - we're used to some great seafood shacks in New England so the bar is set high - Tony's couldn't reach it. The scallops were moist and tender but were not "sweet" the way good scallops can be. The squid was not as well fried - not crisp and also without much flavor. Getting the squid was a disappointment for another reason - I went to the men's room and my wife ordered while I was gone - she thought I wanted squid when I was really wanting fried oysters but even though I was hoping for oysters I don't think it colored my opinion
too much. If you get anything with french fries ask for them crispy/well done unless you like them fairly blond and bland. Oh well, we are headed back East in October - fried clams here I come! We did have some good seafood in Princeton by the Sea at Ketch JoAnn's so I'll continue to look/taste. Barbara's Fish Trap had a huge line a few weeks ago .... will try that on a weekday sometime soon.

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