Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Gill <UPDATE> Review w/pics

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jajarino68
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Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Gill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sun, 04/3/11 7:40 PM
 The town I live in is the corporate HQ's for Ruby Tuesday's. A few months ago, they closed the oldest of the 2 stores in town and announced they would be opening a seafood restaraunt.
 
http://www.nrn.com/articl...od-concept-next-spring
 
That new store opened a few weeks ago. 
http://www.marlinandraysseafood.com/?page_id=69
 
I guess if it is a success, they will open more around the country. I haven't been as of yet, but eventually will make it just to see what it is about. I prefer a seafood place that is along the shores.
 
UPDATE
My wife and I got a chance to get out without our daughter tonite, so we made a stop at Marlin & Ray's
 
The converted outside of the old Ruby Tuesdays

 
The thing that first hit us walking in was the absence of the famous RT salad bar.  The restaurant seemed very open to us compared to what it had been.

 
We ordered our drinks and these jalapeno/cheesy corn muffins were brought to the table. They were warm and tasted good.

 
My wife ordered Jumbo Shrimp w/mac&cheese. She's from CT and very hard to please when it comes to jumbo shrimp. She is usually disappointed by what most establishments  call jumbo. These were to her liking as to size and flavor but thought they were a bit overdone. The mac&cheese was thick and cheesy.

 
I ordered the Southern Fish and chips. A large piece of tilapia, coleslaw and shoestring fries. Served with tarter sauce. The tilapia was a very large piece. It was very flaky and cooked right for my tastes. The breading was thin and did not stick to the fish well. It easily peeled off. The coleslaw was coarsely cut sitting on a lettuce leaf. The shoestring fries were dressed under the tilapia. I was full by the time I got to them and did not finish. The tarter sauce tasted freshly made although not thick enough for me.

 
Our meals came with bottomless salad. It came served in a bowl similar to what you would get at Olive Garden. A balsamic dressing was already mixed in the salad. This was my serving.

 
There was an issue with my wife's mac&cheese. Very unfortunate, but she found a small piece of plastic bag in it. We brought it to our server's attention who was apologetic. The manager came over and also apologized. He said they mix the product in a bag for portion control. He offered us dessert. My wife chose  the brownie w/icecream and chocolate sauce. The brownie was very gooey and the ice cream was a good french vanilla.

 
We visited at around 7pm on a Thursday night. The place had plenty of customers but not packed. We felt we got very good service and our server was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. We appreciated the manager coming to our table and acknowledging the issue we had promptly and the gesture. We don't have many offerings for seafood in this area and this was a good substitute. I think we would go back to try it again.
 
This was my first detailed review. I hope it was descriptive and informative should you decide to try this restaurant should it open in your area.
 
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ann peeples
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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill - Sun, 04/3/11 8:34 PM
We find Ruby Tuesdays consistently good for the kind of restaurant it is. It is about the only sit down chain we go to. But I am wary of a chain that specializes in seafood( think Bonefish Grill)Average at best, and frankly I was not impressed.Please report back as to how you liked it.

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill - Sun, 04/3/11 10:06 PM
I would suggest that any restaurant that lists tilapia under Chespeake Seafood is not a place to go for seafood.

ann peeples
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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill - Mon, 04/4/11 11:06 AM
Touche, Mr. Hoffman.

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill - Mon, 04/4/11 11:59 AM
Considering that the crab cakes at Ruby Tuesday are terrible, I think I'll pass.

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill - Mon, 04/4/11 12:08 PM
I have NEVER ordered Tilapia off a menu.

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill - Mon, 04/4/11 12:51 PM
This thread title caught my eye because we used to have a very good restaurant here in Pittsburgh called Ray's Marlin Beach Bar and Grill.  The owners, who had moved here from Florida, couldn't take the weather.  So they sold the restaurant and moved back home. 
 
After doing some digging around, it doesn't look to be related.

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill - Mon, 04/4/11 12:53 PM
Didn't Ruby Tuesday's have a seafood restaurant subsidiary back in the 1990's?

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sat, 04/16/11 3:06 AM
I checked out the webpage of this place and found out that it's called Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar and GILL.  Not Grill, GILL.  What gives?  It looked to be in too big a profile to be a typo!

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sat, 04/16/11 7:57 AM
Whats wrong with Bar & Gill, it has a bar and the Gill is part of a fish.........
 
Anyway, if your wife is from Ct, she must be from the coast ???? what part, and ask her if she misses Apizza...........You did a great job on the report, looks like a fun place........................pnwc

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sat, 04/16/11 8:34 AM
jajarino68, Nice report.  
 
I checked out the menu, and they seem to really like tilapia at Marlin & Ray's.  It's everywhere on the menu

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sat, 04/16/11 9:18 AM
I highly doubt they mix their mac and cheese in a bag for portion control. It comes in a bag, frozen, and its boiled in the bag, then opened.I am in food service and we have some in stock. Nice try, though.

jajarino68
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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sat, 04/16/11 9:30 AM
Very observant. I totally overlooked that. I guess it's just their play on words.

jajarino68
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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sat, 04/16/11 9:33 AM
She grew up in Clinton, but moved when she was 12. Her main memory of a food place was The Chowder Pot. I guess they were just starting out then because when we went back to visit there were more locations and much bigger.

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Re:Marlin and Ray's Seafood Bar & Grill <UPDATE> Review w/pics - Sat, 04/16/11 5:55 PM
pictures of fish on the walls does not make a seafood restaurant.
neither does having tilapia all over the menu.