If you're the kind of person who loves fresh fish and doesn't care too much about such niceties as service, presentation or ambience, then Middletown's newest eatery, Blue Water Seafood, is for you.
Blue Water is a fish market and restaurant rolled into one, bringing to mind La Jolla's El Pescador (where Blue Water's owner used to work) but easily surpassing it by offering plenty of seating and an expanded menu, along with wine and beer-including a complete set of taps from San Diego's Ballast Point Brewing.
The location on India Street is one that has been home to a number of failed restaurants, but I doubt Blue Water will suffer the same fate. Where other restaurants have tried to do the upscale thing, Blue Water fits right in alongside neighboring El Indio, Saffron and Garden Grill by offering reasonably priced, simple food in a casual setting.
The menu breaks down the meals by fish variety, with price options listed for sandwich, salad and plate configurations. The fish is grilled fresh to order, with a choice of marinades, and served either atop a salad, alongside rice and salad or tucked into a soft torta-style roll and dressed with red onion, tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato.
Sure, there are other items on the menu-oysters, clam chowder, fish tacos and a variety of seafood cocktails-but the sandwiches are what you want. Some folks might be mortified to see such high-quality fish served as a sandwich. Ignore them. You know what happens when you use top-quality fish for a sandwich? You get a kick-ass sandwich, that's what.
Orders are placed at the front counter, where you choose your fish and pick how you want it served. The selection of fish is impressive, with something to suit everyone's taste. The options include yellowtail, red snapper, thresher or mako shark, swordfish, seared ahi, Alaskan halibut, Hawaiian albacore and wahoo.
Should those choices be insufficient, to the right of the standard menu is a blackboard listing the specials, such as Copper River salmon, local sea bass, and king crab. These specials are more expensive and change frequently, but don't overlook them-there are always some really great options available.
Personally, I'm content with the regular menu most of the time. An ideal meal for my date and me is a couple of halibut sandwiches with lemon butter, fries and a Wahoo Wheat beer. No, it's not fancy, but the fries are fresh and crisp, the fish unbelievably delicious and the beer an ideal match for both.Blue Water is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sandwiches go for around $6, and plates around $10. Daily specials are costlier, with sandwiches going for $10 and plates anywhere between $17 and $20.