Capt. Groovy’s Grill & Raw Bar

Written by on May 19, 2012 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(captaingroovys.com) – Norfolk, Virginia 

Capt. Groovy's

How I heard of this place: When making plans to visit our friends down in Norfolk, we had to enjoy a meal, together, with Mark. The stress he encountered in search of the best seafood in town for the foodies coming to visit, after being seated and perusing the menu, was completely unnecessary. Thank you, Mark!

Type of cuisine: Panko-fried chicken wings, and tea sandwiches, Cuban paninis, and Oysters Rockafeller give a glimpse as to the variety and diversity of this extensive menu, of which, seafood is definitely the star!

Ambiance: “Capt. Groovy’s Grill & Raw Bar…..where the grass is greener, skies bluer, winds are steady and your belly is always full. When you visit you’ll enjoy a “laid back” groovy atmosphere. Nothing pretentious here, just good food and good people. Whether an intimate meal with your special someone or a large gathering of friends and family. Our indoor and outdoor dining areas are smoke free. Choose from our menu or ever changing black board. We offer a variety of choices while never compromising freshness. Make us your next dining experience, you won’t be disappointed.”

Capt. Groovy's

What I ordered: To start, having heard rave reviews about the East Beach Oysters – ½ doz. oysters topped with spinach, onion, parm cheese and bacon then broiled ($9.50), we knew we needed one plate for the three of us).

Oysters

The second infamous appetizer, Psychedelic Mushroom ($9) with one, large Portabella mushroom stuffed with crabmeat, baked and finished with coconut dill sauce made its way to our table.

Psych Mushroom

As did, at the last second, the Voodoo Wings (six for $6.50), tossed in the house special sauce, served mild or hot with blue cheese dressing.

Voodoo Wings

For the main entree, Mark selected (at the recommendation of our server) the Cajun Etouffée ($22): shrimp, scallops & crabmeat sauté with andouille sausage, peppers & onions in a cajun gravy, served over rice, gumbo style.

Etouffe

Chris and I were both interested in the Salmon Calais($18), pan-seared, topped with a whole grain mustard crust served over brown rice pilaf and a side of vegetables (asparagus, yellow squash, zucchini and green beans), but I let him have it,

Salmon

and, for myself, chose the Bora Bora Tuna ($22) coated in honey-wasabi rolled in panko bread crumbs seared and topped with sake sauce, served with pickled cucumber salad and vegetables.

Panko Tuna

(Not in the mood for pickled anything, I requested more vegetables and no cucumber salad.) Having forgotten it up front, we were offered our Popeye Salad ($9) at the end of our meal: spinach, strawberries, almond, red onion and feta cheese served with honey-poppyseed dressing on the side.

Popeye Salad

A glass of water for me, Pink Lemonade ($2) for Chris and unsweetened iced tea ($2) for Mark, and we were set for our three-hour dinner.

What I loved: The crispy fried wings abundant and hot to the last bite, didn’t even need the three dipping sauces with which they were served. But it was the Psychedelic Mushroom, with its creamy pool of coconut milk curry and piled high with crab which stole the appetizer show! Of our entrees, all three absolutely delicious, it is difficult to make a decision as to my favorite; each definitely could win out over the other depending on your food mood. On this first visit to Capt. Groovy’s, though, I have to say the panko-fried tuna was my favorite, even at rare.

Why I loved it: Excellent company, fun and casual atmosphere, easy beach vibe, friendly, rainbow-dressed server and an abundance of fresh, carefully prepared and presented dishes make for the perfect dining experience.

Cost: Average to high ($14 – $25 per entree)

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