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Inlet Seafood Restaurant

October 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When you’re willing to go to great lengths to enjoy a delicious meal, head to Montauk. Specifically, travel towards the end, to the spot where Lake Montauk meets Block Island Sound. There you’ll find water just about everywhere you look and a beautiful eatery that embraces the sea scenery.

We arrived right before dusk with the idea of catching the sunset during our meal. Plenty of others had the same idea, traveling to the second floor for drinking at the gleaming bar, sitting outdoors, and in the spacious dining room. While we did get a table shortly after arrival, diners should plan to wait a bit during the season, as no reservations are accepted.

The wait staff’s tee shirts proclaim, “Respect the ocean, harvest the bounty, feed the people,” and the word “seafood” is part of this eatery’s name, so it’s no surprise how much of the menu is comprised of sea dwellers. Briny appetizers include fresh clam chowder, Parmesan-crusted calamari, and local clams and oysters. Sushi is aquatic by nature, and choices here include spicy, crunchy, creamy, and always fresh fare. Two such offerings are the Montauk, a spicy roll with crunchy salmon and mango, and a spicy lobster and avocado roll wrapped in kombu seaweed. Seafood entrées include shrimp and scallops served over penne, local lobster, tempura codfish served with chips, and fish tacos or burritos.

My dining companion selected the roasted half chicken with caramelized carrots and scallion mashed potatoes. Other land-based selections include sliced skirt steak with fries and a grilled hamburger.

Gluten-free diners may choose from pan-seared scallops, grilled sirloin steak, and most of the sushi and sashimi. Vegetarians will find menu items such as warm sunflower seed-crusted goat cheese, grilled portobello salad, and vegetarian pasta.

As the Inlet is owned by six commercial fishermen, I had some doubt about finding a vegan offering. However, the server assured me I’d be happy. She was correct — I was soon enjoying a bowlful of well-steamed, salty edamame, followed by a cucumber and avocado sushi roll.

Desserts include cheesecake, a gluten-free chocolate torte, and chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream.

The restaurant has its own docking and serves brunch, lunch, and dinner during the season. Offseason, only lunch and dinner are served Fridays through Tuesdays. Whenever you go, you’ll be wowed by the vista and well fed by the Inlet’s kitchen.

 

Inlet Seafood Restaurant
541 East Lake Drive
Montauk
631-668-4272
http://inletseafood.com/

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