Creating a dinner menu at a waterfront seafood restaurant tends to be pretty straightforward. You can serve all of the staples — lobster, beer-battered fish, clams casino, and crab legs. What may be a bit harder is designing a lunch menu. With a few exceptions, most people dining on the beach mid-day are not going to want a massive lobster or a fried, battered filet of cod. To craft a lunch menu that really draws a crowd, you'll have to get creative. Here are a few ideas to inspire you.
A classic fish taco consists of a lightly fried strip of fish, cabbage, and a creamy white sauce. They're a good option for lunch since they're light, can be eaten quickly, and provide a balanced meal in one dish. What if you created riffs off this classic and offered four or five different types of fish tacos on your lunch menu? Here are a couple of unique options:
On its own, shrimp is pretty light and makes a good lunch item. A fun thing to include on your waterfront seafood restaurant menu might be shrimp flights. Each order could include a salad, plus three different styles of shrimp. For example, you could serve a small shrimp cocktail, shrimp marinated in lemon juice, and shrimp tossed in barbecue rub. The variety of tastes will satisfy guests' palates even if the portions are smaller for lunchtime.
You could offer a couple of different seafood salads on the menu. Shrimp salad, crab salad, and tuna salad are good options. Create your own unique dressing for each salad so they all stand out. Then, to give your guests some customization options, allow them to enjoy their salad in one of four ways: over lettuce, on a sandwich, in a wrap, or with crackers on the side. Seafood salads are not as common as they once were, and older guests will really adore this comeback.
Crafting a lunch menu for your beachy seafood restaurant may take a little time and thought, but with the ideas above in your back pocket, you can handle it. Make sure you have plenty of light and healthy options for guests.
For more ideas, contact or visit a waterfront seafood restaurant in your area.
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