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Metompkin Seafood

14209 Lankford Highway, Mappsville, VA - (757) 824-0503
Posted By John Dederer on 3/19/2011 9:16:00 AM
Metompkin Seafood is on Route 113 northbound on the right, in Virginia close to the Maryland line. Don't blink or you'll miss it, and you'll be sorry. They are usually busy but, even so, there's not too long a wait. Lots of locals, which bodes well.

We had fried fish, with a moist interior and crisp outside, lightly crusted, very sweet fried shrimp, delicious fried oysters in a light batter, a seriously good fried soft-shell crab sandwich (with two small crabs; nice flavor and crunch but 86 the bun), and fried sweet sea scallops, which are not as big as those from Stonington, CT, but these have a light crust and are quick-fried.

The slaw is very good, chopped by hand, not finely chopped from a processor, and the dressing has a nice little mustard (?) backdrop. Hush puppies are good. I've had great hush puppies (with a crisp exterior and airy pockets, with onion and corn interiors), but these are worth eating.

Any trip north or south along the Delmarva Peninsula demands a stop here.

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Scorecard

3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Fish Sandwich
Crab Cake Sandwich
Oyster Platter
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We ordered the fish and shrimp platter, adding on some fried oysters and clams.  Everything was outstanding!
"We ordered the fish and shrimp platter, adding on some fried oysters and clams. Everything was outstanding!"
Cliff Strutz





The fish sandwich might be trout or even rock fish, depending on the season. This one is flounder: moist and fresh, enveloped in a vividly seasoned crisp crust. While it's technically a sandwich, the bun is nothing more than  a handy way to get the fish from its wrapper to your mouth.
"The fish sandwich might be trout or even rock fish, depending on the season. This one is flounder: moist and fresh, enveloped in a vividly seasoned crisp crust. While it's technically a sandwich, the bun is nothing more than a handy way to get the fish from its wrapper to your mouth."
Michael Stern


A close view of the crab cake. It is not an ultra fancy one like one finds over in Maryland, but I sure wouldn't kick it off the plate.
"A close view of the crab cake. It is not an ultra fancy one like one finds over in Maryland, but I sure wouldn't kick it off the plate."
Michael Stern


Just some of the fresh seafood available!
"Just some of the fresh seafood available!"
Cliff Strutz


Metompkin is a no-frills seafood market with a few available side dishes (hush puppies, French fries, cole slaw). You are looking at the dessert menu.
"Metompkin is a no-frills seafood market with a few available side dishes (hush puppies, French fries, cole slaw). You are looking at the dessert menu."
Michael Stern


Here's some of what was fresh on February 27, 2010.
"Here's some of what was fresh on February 27, 2010. "
Michael Stern


Step up and tell Ellen Hudgins what you'd like to eat.
"Step up and tell Ellen Hudgins what you'd like to eat."
Michael Stern


Prices are as of August 2013.
"Prices are as of August 2013."
Cliff Strutz


This is the one and only indoor table. It is possible to eat here, but most people use it as a place to wait while their seafood is being cooked. It is outfitted with paper towels, hot sauce, vinegar, a real estate guide and a bible.
"This is the one and only indoor table. It is possible to eat here, but most people use it as a place to wait while their seafood is being cooked. It is outfitted with paper towels, hot sauce, vinegar, a real estate guide and a bible."
Michael Stern


What food-focused traveler could resist these folksy signs along Highway 13?
"What food-focused traveler could resist these folksy signs along Highway 13?"
Michael Stern


For connoisseurs of signage, Potampkin Seafood is a folk-art bonanza.
"For connoisseurs of signage, Potampkin Seafood is a folk-art bonanza."
Michael Stern


Beyond fine seafood from the ocean and the bay, Metompkin is Roadfood par excellence: part of a community that loves and appreciates it, completely tuned in to local foodways, informal and friendly. Here is one very convincing piece of evidence that American regional food is alive and well and a joy to discover and to eat.
"Beyond fine seafood from the ocean and the bay, Metompkin is Roadfood par excellence: part of a community that loves and appreciates it, completely tuned in to local foodways, informal and friendly. Here is one very convincing piece of evidence that American regional food is alive and well and a joy to discover and to eat."
Michael Stern


For outside warm weather dining, they have several picnic tables right outside the front door.
"For outside warm weather dining, they have several picnic tables right outside the front door."
Cliff Strutz


Sign outside front door.
"Sign outside front door."
DANNY SMALLEY


A driveway full of shells is a sure sign of a quality Roadfood restaurant.
"A driveway full of shells is a sure sign of a quality Roadfood restaurant."
Cliff Strutz



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