Eating with friends and family is a precious gift especially when enhanced by interesting views and smells, laughter and great conversation.

sitting by the river

The Miami River drains out of the Everglades and runs through the Downtown and the city of Miami. Along its shores are some quaint restaurants, among them Casablanca which has been around for many years, It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and of course, we went for lunch. This time my dining companions were my sister, Miss N. and the chickens.

Betty K VI

boat on the river

tugging betty

outside

marlin on the wall

For starters we had Conch Fritters served with cocktail sauce, Fish Croquettes with garlic aïoli , Octopus Ceviche marinated in citrus juices and the Middleneck Clams steamed in white wine, garlic, shallots, butter and fresh chopped parsley. Everything was fresh and delicious, really-really good.

conch fritters

conch fritters 2

conch fritters 3

fish croquettes

fish croquettes 2

octopus ceviche

octopus ceviche 2

middleneck clams

enjoying the appetizers

Of course, Miss Y. had to have the Chicken Fingers and Fries.

chicken fingers

The Grilled Octopus was served over a mesclun salad and drizzled generously with aji Amarillo aïoli. The octopus was amazingly soft, the smoky flavor of the grill permeating the whole dish and making the salad irresistible.

grilled octopus

grilled octopus 2

Casablanca Grilled Seafood Parrillada was the pièce de résistance: shrimp, broiled lobster tail, bay scallops, calamari, oysters, mussels, clams and grilled fish filet served with onions, tomatoes and cilantro aïoli.

grilled parrilada 2

grilled parrillada

taking photos

shrimp cocktail

fish

Desserts were Brownie & Ice Cream, Key Lime Pie and Home Made Flan, all shared and devoured way too fast by all of us.

brownie with ice cream

dessert festival

flan

key lime pie

Service was impeccable, friendly and more than accommodating to my mania of taking photos of the food: always a plus in my book.

lucy

masi, lucy, normis

There is a full bar on the outdoor dining room facing the river.

making mojitos

mojitos

mojitos 2

The seafood was really fresh here. Casablanca Seafood Bar & Grill also has a fish market: the catch is delivered daily via the Miami River on picturesque fishing boats.

fish 1

fish 3

fish fo rme

fish market

the catch

yellow jack

catch 2

The freshness of their products is the key to their success. The variety of their menu and fantastic atmosphere makes this restaurant a must-try when in Miami!

normis & issa

Take a look at the Fish Market

Video Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8Yojki1dmI

 

CASABLANCA SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL and Fish Market

404 NW North River Dr, Miami 33128

(305) 371-4107

http://www.casablancaseafood.com/restaurant/

*Photo of the Fried Fish, Shrimp Cocktail courtesy of Norma Torres.

Written by BRENDA BENOIT

I like to take pictures of the food people eat everyday

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