Fins Seafood and Grille: Finding Joy in Dining

. February 1, 2017.
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Pitiful tears streamed down my 8-yearold daughter’s tired little cheeks. We had been traveling and busy and she didn’t want to go out to eat.

“I just want to stay home and eat macaroni.”

Surrounded by the calm, cheery atmosphere at Fins Seafood & Grille, her mood shifted drastically throughout the night. It started as soon as we stepped inside and she could view colorful fish flitting about in a vast tank. The lights were dim, jazz music played as we took our seats.

She and my 11-year-old son were immediately amused by the shadowbox style tabletops. Beneath the table’s glass, they discovered an array of beach treasures – sand dollars, starfish, shark teeth, shells, sea glass, “pirate coins,” – resting atop white sand. Each took great pride in informing the other what was on “their side.”

Satisfied that Rosalynn was going to survive, we settled in to view the menu. As a seafood lover, the possibilities always make me quite excited in the handful of times I’ve been to Fins.

Fresh Seafood from Around the Globe

Moving into its ninth year, Linda Landes co-owns Fins with her son, Greg. It was her husband, Ray’s dream to open the restaurant after he retired at a relatively young age. Sadly, Ray passed away in 2015, but Linda, Greg, and the restaurant’s tight-knit staff have kept it going. Linda is very proud of their fresh seafood. She said patrons also enjoy the restaurant’s back patio in warm weather, live music on Fridays, and their Sunday Brunch.

“Our goal is to bring the freshest possible seafood to Northwest Ohio,” said Chef Damon Ammons. “We are known for our freshness, it is flown in from around the world. You can get seafood here that you can’t get anywhere else. But we do have so much more than seafood, too, great pasta and steaks, we cater to everyone.”

Fins’ menu begins with appetizers like Blue Crab and Maine Lobster Claw Queso Dip and Seared Sesame Ahi Tuna. Soups and salads are available as well as an array of pastas such as Lobster Ravioli and Fettucini Alfredo.

Patrons can select a type of fish and add their choice of signature topper – Warm
Mango Chutney, Thai Ginger, Lobster Cream, or Béarnaise Kentucky Bourbon
Glaze. Fish offered for these toppings (*Drumroll please.*) are Florida Grouper,
Hawaiian Mahi Mahi, Scottish Salmon, Atlantic Swordfish, Chilean Sea Bass, or
Pacific Ahi Tuna.

You can also select from menu “Favorites” like Cold Water Lobster Tail, or Alaskan King
Crab Legs. Or, order “From the Shore” for a Ribeye Steak, Filet Mignon, Ribs or CharGrilled
Chicken (how is one to choose?).

The kids menu at Fins ranges in price from $4.99 to $6.99 and includes your
classic chicken strips and fries or tater tots, grilled cheese, fish fingers, grilled
chicken, and more.

Pleasant Surprises

Somehow, as we selected our meals, my husband managed to persuade BOTH
children to stray from their standard chicken and fries AND order off of the main menu.
My son selected the Chicken Parmigiana with a side salad, and my daughter picked
the Lake Erie Yellow Perch.

My husband took advantage of the $9.99 Thursday rib special (a great deal for a giant
portion of high quality ribs.) and some Seafood Bisque, and I ordered the Crab
Stuffed Flounder with a side salad.

Both mine and my son’s salads were crisp and delicious featuring lettuce,
tomato, cucumber, cheese and croutons.

The homemade ranch dressing was
outstanding. My son enjoyed his chicken
parmigiana, especially the tangy, but not
too tangy, sauce and the perfectly cooked
meat.

My husband’s giant slab of ribs arrived
and he explained that they had a smoky,
spicy flavor and were very meaty. His
soup, which he shared with all of us, was
delightfully creamy.

Rosalynn delighted in the
complimentary bread – we had to stop
her after two pieces. She proceeded to
eat the cucumbers from my son’s salad
and adventurously sampled a tomato
(thumbs down). When our food arrived,
she delighted in her perch and tater tots,
putting a respectable dent in the full-sized
meal.

My crab-stuffed flounder was melt-inyour-mouth,
topped with a creamy, salty
sauce. The mix of the flounder and crab
flavors was fantastic.

It is debateable who left Fins most
contented in our family. I walked out
feeling that we had a delightful meal in
a delightful place. My husband and son
were full and joking with each other. But it
was Rosalynn who transformed that night,
topped off by her little beaming face when
the after-dinner mints arrived. I donated
mine to her joyful cause.

The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Yes
Noise level: Quiet
Bathroom amenities: Clean and
adequate
High chairs: Yes, and booster seats
Got milk? Yes, white and chocolate,
also lemonade and orange juice
Kids’ menu? Yes, nice variety
Food allergy concerns: Fins has separate
pans that have never touched
seafood for seafood allergies. Tell
your server and they can help guide
your menu choices whether it be a
gluten, nut, or different allergy.

Fins Seafood & Grille
1801 Broad Ave., Findlay | 419-429-1900
Hours: 4-9pm Monday-Thursday;
4-10pm Friday-Saturday; 10am-1:30pm
and 4-8pm Sunday
Finsseafoodandgrille.com and on
Facebook under “Fins Seafood & Grille”
Takeout available