Jolly Roger Seafood House

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The first time I drove past Jolly Roger Seafood House, I dismissed it. Maybe the name struck me as too corporate sounding. Or maybe it was the location, surrounded by hotels in a tourist-driven town. Fortunately, I was set straight by trustworthy Roadfooders Michael Hoffman and lleechef, who informed me that they happily drive a couple hours each way just to eat here. That zoomed Jolly Roger to the top of the “must visit” list.

We stopped in between typical lunch and dinner hours during the off season and they were still doing a brisk business. There is a big menu board next to the ordering window. Once you decide what you want and pay, they give you a number to help them find you. Seating includes plenty of booths and two outdoor patios. (Curbside pickup is available.) We appreciated the fact that it took a good 20 minutes for the food to arrive and you can actually watch it being made to order through a window into the kitchen.

With Lake Erie only a few hundred yards behind the restaurant, fish is what you want; and in this part of the world, that means lake perch or walleye. Four beautiful, long fillets come with the lake perch dinner. The fish tastes fresh and sweet, with a flaky texture and a crunchy outside that is not the least bit oily. Coming in irregular shapes and sizes with a sandier exterior the walleye is even better. Plenty of tartar sauce comes with the meals. Among the sides we tried, we liked the weighty, rugged onion rings and creamy coleslaw with a hint of spicy zing.

What to Eat
Jolly Roger Seafood House, Perch Dinner
Perch Dinner
Must-Try
Lake Perch dinner is low-priced but high quality.
Jolly Roger Seafood House, Walleye & Chips
Walleye & Chips
Must-Try
Walleye pieces come in long strips and fat chunks.
Jolly Roger Seafood House, Clam Chowder
Clam Chowder
Chowder is good, but light on clams.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 8pm
Monday11am - 8pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Summer, Fall, Spring
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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