Last night the girl and I went out for her birthday dinner. At her request we went to Red Lobster and had a nice meal with very good service. However, this got me thinking about our choices for quality seafood here in the hoosier state. Unfortunately, the short answer is that there aren't many.
Because of Indiana's geographic location if you want to go out for seafood your choices are mostly limited to chain restaurants most often with premium prices or low quality fare. Most Hoosiers probably don't even know the difference. Many of the people I know either don't like seafood at all or only like it when it doesn't taste "fishy" or is deep fried. I would probably feel the same if my family hadn't taken yearly vacations to Florida and Mississippi when I was kid. Down there it's a different world. Fresh seafood choices abound at almost every restaurant big or small, chain or independent. Your shellfish is more likely to come broiled, boiled or grilled rather than fried. The flavors are more sharp and sumptuous. In fact there was once a place here in Castleton that was an offshoot of a Tampa based restaurant called Shell's and it was the closest thing I've had in Indiana to coastal seafood. However, there were closed less than 2 years after we discovered the place. I don't know the specific reasons why, but I'm guessing it was due to both lack of a customer base and the inability to sustain a successful business with fresh seafood at lower prices.
The purpose of this post isn't to complain about the seafood choices in Indiana. I'm just missing something I used to have. Then again considering all the snow coming down outside at the moment maybe I should just head south.