Mitchell’s Fish Market–where freshness reigns

Everyday this week, I’ll be posting short reads on some of my favorite Indianapolis restaurants for seafood. This is post 9 of 10. If you get a chance to visit, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear from you!

When we first moved to the Midwest from the West Coast, Mitchell’s Fish Market was one of the first restaurants we went to. And it quickly became a family favorite with weekly visits. In fact, we went there so much, that after my son was born the manager used to have one of the waitstaff come and rock him so we could enjoy our dinner. It was beyond sweet … and for my daughter’s 13th birthday, they even made us a special, commemorative menu that we have framed, hanging in our dining room. So yea … we kinda liked the place.

Our favorite place to eat is outside on the semi-covered patio, but inside is great too. The bar is perfect size, not so big you can’t get service, but not so small you run into yourself. And the Captain’s Room (a small, private dining area you can reserve) is a fun place to eat when you have a special event; like my daughter’s birthday.

The Food

The raw bar serves a tasty shrimp cocktail, traditional Maryland-style crab cakes, PEI mussles, and more. To be honest, more often than not I order the mussles for my main course rather than an entrée. I have had their lobster bisque and the seafood gumbo, both are good, but they used to have a seafood stew on their menu (main image) that was absolutely outstanding … alas, it hasn’t been listed the last few times I’ve been there.

Bottom line: Like many restaurants, Mitchell’s has had a number of changes to their menu over the years. Being a seafood junkie, I like some of the previous offerings more, BUT while I’m not a big fan of their main courses, I would 100 percent recommend this restaurant for the raw bar (honest, the oysters are sublime) and for shellfish … the lobster—both cold-water twin tails and the live Maine—and the Alaskan king crab are cooked to perfection. Bonus, they almost always have some specialty craft cocktail that knocks my socks off. If you go, and if they have the pine fin, a “martini” made with pineapple Finlandia vodka garnished with … yea, vodka-infused pineapple spears … you have to order it. So, so, so good.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … perfect oven-baked salmon and lobster thermidor. Want more from The Midwest Mermaid? Be sure to follow along here, and on Instagram for all the latest in seafood news and chews | @shaunanosler

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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