Marine City Fish Company: Try the lobster ravioli
Looking for a place to have great food and a good time? OU News Bureau reporters have visited some distinctive eateries in Metro Detroit to learn more about what these places have to offer. Reporter Colleen Kowalewski visited The Marine City Fish Company in Marine City and spoke with manager Samantha Stahl.
Tell me about the history of this place.
It started back in 2008. They just had the one half of the restaurant open and sat about nine tables. They were very basic. They didn’t have any beer or liquor or anything like that, but they had a really interesting, cool menu that they’ve changed over the years. But they’ve stuck to making all their own stuff, and they haven’t wavered from that in any way. They expanded into the other half of the restaurant a couple years later. Slowly, as time progressed, they just added bits and pieces on. They got their beer and liquor license, which is really cool, that’s why they carry all the craft beer and wine. They don’t carry any liquor at all right now, so that’s kind of unique. They only had six tables on a very small patio for the last three years or so, then this past summer they expanded the patio, which doubled our seating. And we just moved into our new kitchen, too, this summer. So it has been a crazy, awesome season. They’re setting the new patio up to be a three-season enclosure so they can rock ’n’ roll into fall and spring. Obviously dead of winter they’d probably have to close it down. They’d rock ’n’ roll out here year-round if they could.
Describe what it offers its patrons.
A very unique dining experience. It’s not your typical, TVs in the restaurant place. They really stuck to the values of coming out for a dining experience, with their service, the food they provide with all the homemade entrees. And just the little things, like the homemade tartar sauce, stuff you don’t see restaurants stick to as they grow. They’ve really held onto those values.
Why would someone want to come here?
It’s like a mini-vacation when you come out to Marine City. You can go the scenic route, if you want to, down M-29. You get the experience of looking at the river and that small town feel, and I think a lot of people like that.
What do you do that’s different from other places like this?
They really try to cater to their customer’s needs. I’m sure restaurants do that a lot, but they really listen to their customers. And unlike any restaurant I’ve ever worked at before, they keep their management on the floor at all times, constantly on the pulse of who’s coming in, where they’re coming from and why they’re here.
What’s the one thing that everyone should order here?
The lobster ravioli. It is a really good dish. It has five lobster raviolis in it that are house made, and you can actually taste the lobster in it. It is topped with a palomino sauce and a couple jumbo shrimp. Any time people order it, they’re really satisfied.
How many people do you have working here?
What do you think the future holds for this place?
I think that they’re on an uphill climb and will continue to improve their systems and improve availability for customer service, for being able to eat. Especially with setting up for the three- season enclosure to be able to be more available, as far as that goes.
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