Prime 47 in Carmel

Mondays I post short reads about local, sometimes regional, eateries that serve seafood. You can read my take on other favorites, by opening the Eat Indy link under the “LOCAL” tab above. And if you get a chance to visit one of these establishments, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear your thoughts! Thanks for swimming along (wink, wink).

Located in the Clay Terrace shopping mall in Carmel, Prime 47 is a steakhouse, yes, but they have an impressive selection of fresh seafood too.

What I had … so I know, I know, this is about the food, but I’d be amiss not to mention the martini. I like slightly-dirty martinis, and by slightly, I mean SLIGHTLY … BARELY, like if it was a piece of clothing it could be rehung in your closet. Sometimes, bartenders make them too dirty … so much so that I can’t see through the glass. But Prime 47 did a perfect job and yes, I would go back for the martini!

On to the food … the calamari is light, not overly coated or overly fired and the Kung Pao sauce packs a punch, although depending on your tolerance for spice, you might not find it overly hot. The lobster bisque, which I rarely order because to be honest, more often than not it lacks any real flavor … but this was good. No big hunks of lobster, but good flavor. As for the forest mushrooms … OMG … these are like When-Harry-Met-Sally good. And the butternut squash with creamed spinach is so tasty I actually tried making it at home the very next night.

For my main dinner I had Chilean sea bass. And it was lovely. And it was a really nice-sized portion. Served with asparagus, spinach and a tomato, lemon caper sauce, it’s probably one of the best renditions I’ve ever had. It is so divine it literally melts in your mouth.

What I’ll go back for … fried oysters and grouper and just about any one of the appetizers. Cool thing, you can sit in the bar and sample three appetizers for only $15 … plus the cost of your martini, of course.

Bottom line … great place for special occasions, sure, but it’s also a fab spot to drop in for cocktails and appetizers that are made with as much attention to detail as the main courses. Go. You won’t be disappointed.

Coming up NEXT on the blog … sole Florentine and tips on getting your kids to eat seafood. 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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