There's a new restaurant called The Trident down near the coast in Panacea, a little town that I've written about before. I lived there for awhile with my first husband with a bunch of other hippies. We were basically squatting in an old house that had neither plumbing nor electricity and only some of the rooms were usable as the floors in other areas were no longer, uh...safe. To put it mildly. But the house was right on the bay and that alone was worth the mild inconveniences.
We were a motley crew for sure and there's an entire book's worth of stories from that time. No need to go on about that at this point.
The new restaurant is also on the bay (Dickerson Bay, to be exact) and right down a dirt road from the house I lived in which is no longer there. The building itself is not new as it was a restaurant back about thirty years ago. Twenty? Some time ago, shall we say?
The new owners have obviously put a ton of money into fixing it up, from structural repairs to a new interior design and a fancy new bar that looks out on the water. It is pretty spiffy.
The menu was disappointing as hell.
Sometimes fancier specials. The old restaurant had served a dish of sautéed cocktail crab claws with scallions and tomatoes that I did love so much.
But the menu we got today was very limited. There were appetizers, sandwiches and wraps, salads, and a few entrees. The prices for the entrees were crazy. Side orders were all extra.
We ordered an app called "stuffed crab balls". Almost all of the menu items had cutesy little names. The stuffed crab balls were, I have to say, very good. Cream cheese was involved.
Mr. Moon ordered a shrimp salad, I ordered a seared tuna salad.
I kept sighing over the memory of something that all of the seafood restaurants in that area used to bring to the table along with your menus which was a clever little green and white ceramic dish in the shape of a boat with Captain's Wafers in the long part of it and soft, molded garlic butter in the separated bow part.
I think they are probably counting on making their money off drinks. That menu was extensive. And of course they are not cheap either. And look- when we go out for a nice meal, we don't mind paying what it costs. But if I feel like things are really overpriced, it pisses me off. I've worked in the service industry, in restaurants, and I know how hard it is to make enough money to stay afloat in that business. And I realize that change is inevitable. There are still restaurants down there serving the good-old-days food. People love it! But it seemed like it would be fun and interesting to try this new place with a new attitude. "Sea to table" is their motto. That's the name of a huge, big shiny boat boat on a trailer at the entrance to the restaurant which Mr. Moon looked at and said, "What a great tax write-off!" and which I doubt one fish has ever been caught off of. I could be wrong.
As my friend David used to say, "I shit you not."
He said, "That would be awesome."