By Marci Boland
17 Years and Counting
Blue Moon Fish Co is the standard for fine seafood dining on the water in Fort Lauderdale. In the same location for more than 17 years, they have continued to entice us with their fresh seafood and unique Cajun-influenced flavors. Recipient of numerous awards for culinary excellence, as well as being named Best Waterfront Dining in Fort Lauderdale by Zagat and OpenTable, Blue Moon Fish Co. delivers excellence in each aspect of the culinary experience.
Located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, this picturesque waterfront restaurant provides guests with an unforgettable experience from the moment they walk in the place. Start the night off with one of their new signature cocktails. We tried the VeeV Skinny Super Fruit Mojito, which is a light and refreshing blend of VeeV Acai Spirit, agave nectar, fresh blueberries and lime, providing a great low-calorie alternative with an antioxidant boost. We also tried the Top Gun, a subtle blend of American Harvest Vodka, Pavan liqueur, fresh lemon juice and a splash of club soda. We were thrilled with both specialty cocktails. We began our seafood adventure with their local fish ceviche, which this night was a magnificent blend of shrimp and mahi, with a variety of citrus juices, Fresno chiles, pickled red onion and fresh grated ginger, all served in a stunning martini style glass and accompanied with Cassava crackers. Complete perfection.
Speaking of perfection, have you ever had their Macadamia Crusted Chilean Sea Bass? If not, go immediately to Blue Moon Fish Co, because you are missing out on one of the great gastronomic experiences of South Florida. If you have had it, you know exactly what I am talking about. My husband never needs a menu when we go here, because he is certain to order this dish, no question. Served with julienne vegetables, baby bok choy with sweet cilantro soy sauce, it is a perennial favorite.
I know of no other restaurant in South Florida that serves a dessert soufflé. But Blue Moon does and we ordered the Grand Marnier Soufflé from a selection that also includes chocolate and raspberry options. It arrived in top form, while the experienced waiter served the soufflé onto our plates. Soufflés are for sharing, of course. Light, lovely and just enough sweetness to satisfy your craving. Keep in mind that to enjoy a soufflé for dessert, one must order it at the beginning of the meal.
Sit outside on the deck or on the dock, to enjoy the Florida sunshine and waterways. Watch the boats go by. Of course there is available seating inside as well. Select from a menu of lighter fare and select entrees including peel and eat shrimp, calamari, assorted salads, Maine lobster roll, swordfish sandwich, pastas and soups.
Brunch! Yes! Please just look at their brunch menu — I have and I am planning to go on my next available Sunday. It has everything! Champagne, Bloody Marys, a breakfast bar, carving stations, soups, seafood, pasta, salad and charcuterie and of course, Chef Maria’s Sweet Shop. I plan to go to the Sweet Shop first and work my way backward, but that is just me.
Every time is a delight when dining at Blue Moon Fish Co. I have celebrated many an occasion there over the years. After 17 years of a winning program, chef owners, Bryce Statham and Baron Skorish might just have the secret after all.
Blue Moon Fish Co.
4405 W. Tradewinds Ave.