Super Bowl LII (52) is just days away

Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and at last, Super Bowl LII (52) is just days away.

I know what you are thinking; I've been reading your emails for the last 5 years fishman and there is no way you are that jazzed about the game... In fact, if I remember correctly and I'm not saying this as an insult, aren't you a Jets fan?

To that I bravely say you are correct and I do not take it as an insult, I am a Jets fan (allow me to take this moment to remind you that we are in a no-judge space). Full disclosure, any interests I might have out of the world of Fish mongering is purely rooted in the food culture that revolves around it. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't always aware of this but looking back to my first Yankee game I can't honestly tell you if they won or lost or for that matter who they played against but I can vividly remember what I ate; 1 hotdog with kraut and mustard, a box of Cracker Jacks (the surprise was a tattoo that was of a Octopus with a Sailors hat), a cotton candy and a half a bag of peanuts.

The truth is that I would have finished the whole bag but I dropped them on the ground, Okay, I ate a couple of them off the ground. Come to think of it if you name any major sporting event the only things that come to mind is food, Kentucky Derby; Mint Julip, The Americas Cup; the Bermuda Fish Sandwich, The Masters; Pimento Cheese. I am sure some of you reading this would say, this sound like a problem dude. Or is it an opportunity to turn an otherwise boring "game" into a culinary bonding session for mankind.

I like the sound and sentiment of the latter. Which brings us back to the Super Bowl and this year's game which I couldn't care less about even if I tried, "Give me second I'm trying to care less, nope , still don't care at the same level." However, what I do care about is the Fabulous Food that will help bring together humanity as we cheer on this battle of modern-day gladiators. Where do I begin...Hello, Metro's Famous Chipotle Wings or perhaps you will find comradery with our Buffalo Shrimp. And nothing brings the crowd together like dipping into the same Hot Crab Dip (this is zone where opposing team fans find understanding and compassion for each other). If you want my prediction for the over under for this Sunday's game then I will give it to you, I predict that most of the fans will be hovering "Over" your Shrimp, Stuffed Clam and Nachos platter and if they do it right, will be feeling "Under" the weather Monday morning.

I hope you all enjoy the Game and today's recipes featuring Stuffed Chorizo Clams & Pan Seared Mediterranean Shrimp over an Israeli Salad.


Holy Hot Crab Dip... The Game is Just Days Away

Metro will once again be your connection for the most tasteful party selections

Here are just some the Items we will be featuring

Super Bowl Sunday Only

METRO'S FAMOUS Chipotle Chicken Wings



order in advance!

Hummus Platters and Middle Eastern Platters

Spicy Catfish Sticks with Remoulade Sauce

Shrimp Cocktail Platters

Buffalo Shrimp

Coconut Shrimp

Tequila Shrimp

Rock "Pop Corn" Shrimp

Sushi Platters

California Rolls (Real King Crab), Spicy Tuna, Salmon Avocado, Yellow Tail,

Unagi (BBQ Eel)

Smoked Fish

Crab Claw Platters

Blue Claw, Jonah Crab, King Crab and Snow Crab

Fish Balls

Crab Balls... no need to comment... grow up

Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Either Crab or Sausage

Create your own Raw bar with Clams and Oysters on the half shell

Fried Calamari, Scallops wrapped in Bacon, Stuffed Clams Metro, Clams Casino, Oysters Rockefeller, Tomato and Avocado Salsa with fresh fried Corn Tortillas and The best damn Cole Slaw and Potato Salad in the State

Artisanal Local Cheeses and much More! (908) 840-4332

To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West...You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The Stockton Farmers Market Stockton NJ FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS...


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Our Classic Fish And Chips as well as Our Famous Grilled Fish Tacos, Rock Shrimp Tacos... AND $1 OYSTERS FROM 3 TO 5 PM

ALSO, METRO'S OWN LOBSTER ROLL WITH FRIES... Looks like it's here to stay

Friday 3:00 to 7:00

Saturday 9:00 to 4:00

Sunday 10:00 to 4:00

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Metro's "Italiano" Oyster Roll

Italian Herb Crumbed Oysters, Lettuce, Tomato and Red Onion with Oil and Vinegar and Italian Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll

With a Choice of Soup*


Metro's Bistro Tuna Burger

Grilled Garlic Herbed Ahi Tuna Burger with Mixed Field Greens, Caramelized Onions, Tomato and Basil Aioli on a Toasted Roll

With a Choice of Soup*


Lemon Basil Nova Scotia Halibut Pita Wrap

Grilled Lemon Herbed Halibut With Mixed Field Greens, Seared Veggies and Basil Aioli on Locally Baked Pita

With a Choice of Soup*


Grilled Day Boat Scallop Tequila Lime Guacamole Tortillas (2) Ay Caramba!

Grilled Day Boat Scallops with Romaine Lettuce, Guacamole and a Tequila Lime Aioli on Grilled Tortillas (2)

With a Choice Soup*


Metro's "Kick @$$" Catfish Roll

Spiced Cornmeal Crusted Wild Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato and Pickled Jalapeño Aioli on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll

With a choice of Soup*


California Salmon "Health Wrap"

Grilled Lime Garlic Organic Salmon with Mixed Field Greens, Avocado, Seared Veggies and Spicy Mayo on Lebanese Flat Bread

With a Choice of Soup*


Metro's Blackened Swordfish Pita Wrap

Spicy Grilled Atlantic Swordfish with Romaine Lettuce, Roasted Veggies and a Cayenne Aioli on a Locally Baked Pita

With a Choice of Soup*


Metro's Famous FISH-N-CHIPS (Lunch Portion)

Hand Battered Fillet with French Fries, Cole Slaw, Tartar Sauce and Malt Vinegar

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


The Metro Retro Clam Roll (CLAMTASTIC!)

Lightly Breaded Clam Strips With Lettuce, Tomato and

Tartar Sauce on a Fresh Baked Soft Roll--With a Bag of North Fork Potato Chips

With a Choice of Soft Drink*


Miso Grilled Snapper Over a Mixed Field Green Salad

With a Choice of Dressing

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


Pesto Grilled Sea Bream (Dorade) Over Classic Caesar Salad

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Grilled Lemon Rosemary Arctic Char Over Roasted Veggies over Our House Saffron Rice

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Metro's Rock Shrimp "PO-BOY"

Panko Crusted Fresh Florida Rock Shrimp With Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Remoulade Sauce on a Buttered Soft Roll

With a Choice of Soft Drink**


(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish)

The Chicken "Caesar Wrap"

Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with our House Caesar Salad Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread

With a Choice of Soup*


**Soft Drink Choices for Specials Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite and Water

*Soup Choices-Manhattan or New England Clam Chowder, Lobster Bisque AND Chicken Rice

All Soups Lovingly Made In-House

Today's Fresh Fish Selections

From the North:


Pollack (Blue Cod)


Jonah Crab meat

Jonah Crab Claws Horrah!

Uni (Sea Urchin)

Black Sea Bass (Long Island)

Mako Shark


Golden Tilefish

Day Boat Sea Scallops

Peconic Bay Scallops

Maine Steamers

Nova Scotia Halibut


Grey Sole


Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters


Jumbo Maine Mussels

Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days

Fresh Long Island Squid

Rhode Island Little Necks

Cherry Stone Clams

Top Neck Clams

From the Waters of the World:


Dover Sole (Spain)

Turbot (Spain)

Japanese Madia (Sea Bream)

Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp)

Hamachi (Yellow Tail)

New Zealand Cockles

New Zealand Green Lip Mussels

Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)

Dorade (Sea Bream)

Colossal U-6 Shrimp

Wild Caribbean Hopper Pink Shrimp and White Shrimp (3 Sizes)

Brazilian Rock Lobster Tails (4 Sizes)

South African Cold Water Lobster Tails

New Zealand Lobsters Tails

Squid Ink (Cuttlefish Ink)

Squid Steaks

North African and Spanish Octopus (Large & Baby)

Crawfish Tail Meat

Conch Meat from Belize

From the South:

Rock Shrimp

Fresh Never Frozen Jumbo Shrimp

Red Grouper

Jumbo Stone Crab Claws

Blue Claw Crabs (In the Freezer, Ready For Sauce)

American Red Snapper

Sushi Grade Ahi Tuna

Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Fresh Lump Crab Meat

Special Crab Meat

Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce

From Sustainable Seafood Sources:

Rain Forest Tilapia

Arctic Char (Iceland)


Organic Scottish and Norwegian Salmon

Prince Edward Island Mussels

Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout

Large Maine Mussels

From the Pacific Northwest:

Wild Steelhead-Washington State

Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters

Jumbo King Crab Legs

Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs

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Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections


West Coast:

Sunset Beach (Wa)

Fanny Bays (Wa)

Stretch Island (Wa)

Totten Inlet (Wa)

Kumamotos (Ca)

East Coast:

Beau Soleil (NB Can)

Fishers Island (NY)

Pemaquid (Me)

Wellfleets (Mass)

Blue Points (Conn)

Mookie Blues (Me)

Fin De La Bais (NB Can)

Row 34 (Mass)

High Bar Harbor (NJ)

Old Barney Salts (NJ)

Sugar Shack (NJ)

Wildling Bastard (NJ)

Moon Shoal (Mass)

Chatham (Mass)

Billington (Mass)

Peters Point (Mass)

Puffer Petite (Mass)

Glidden Point (Me)

Island Creek (Mass)



Maine Steamers

Little Neck Clams (RI)

Top Neck Clams (Conn)

Cherrystones (RI)

Fresh Chopped Clams


Today's Featured Recipes Created With Love for You...

Stuffed Chorizo Clams Serves 6 to 8 for appetizers

Clams and sausage are nothing short of culinary perfection. That said if you are a fan of the Spanish Dance, the Flamenco, get ready to have your tongue moving to its delectably rhythmic beat.


24 little neck clams shucked on the half shell...this job will be lovingly performed by your Metro Seafood Specialist

2 tablespoons of olive oil plus a little more if needed

1 link of Fresh Cooked Chorizo Sausage; Yes, Metro has this.

1 small shallot minced

2 cloves garlic minced

¾ cup of panko bread crumbs

½ cup of Romano cheese

½ cup of fresh chopped flat leaf parsley

Lemon wedges for serving

How it's done

Place you half-shell clams on a baking pan and preheat the oven to 450° degrees.

In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

When the oil is hot, sauté the chorizo to render some of the fat and release the gorgeous paprika color.

Add the shallots and garlic to the skillet and cook until tender about 2 minutes.

Turn the skillet to low heat and stir in the panko bread crumbs, allowing them to absorb the oils.

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the Romano cheese and parsley; season to taste with salt and pepper (you might not need any because the grated cheese and fresh clams are naturally salty). If your mixture is a little dry just add a little extra olive oil.

Next, spoon the stuffing mixture on top of each clam.

Place the clams in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.

Should you decide to enhance your flavorful experience with authentic Spanish music, may I suggest you create a Flamenco station on Pandora... I personally am a major Paco Pena fan.

Pan Seared Mediterranean Shrimp over an Israeli Salad Serves 4

Sure "Comfort Food" seems logical in the dead of Winter but I'll tell you what isn't comfortable, your favorite jeans as they cut into your waistline. Let's continue our comfortable habit of delectable clean eating with this easy complete weeknight meal.


For the Shrimp

1½ to 2 pounds of large shrimp cleaned and deveined with the tails removed

¼ cup olive oil plus a little more for cooking

The juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon, like that free lemon you just got from Metro

1 tablespoon Lebneh or Greek style yogurt

3 cloves of garlic minced fine

2 teaspoons of dried oregano

¼ teaspoon each of Salt and Pepper

For the Israeli Salad

½ of a large seedless cucumber (not peeled) ½ inch dice

3 Plum (Roma) tomatoes ½ inch dice

½ a small red onion small dice

½ cup of fresh chopped curly or flat leaf parsley

2 tablespoons of olive oil

The juice of 1 lemon or more to taste

Salt and pepper to taste (I use white pepper but you rule your own kitchen)

How it's done

First place the shrimp in a glass bowl and add the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, Lebneh, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper; toss to coat, cover with plastic wrap and let marinate on the counter while you make the salad.

Make the salad by combining all of the ingredients in a salad bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper; set aside.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat until very hot.

Drizzle a little olive oil into the skillet and sear the shrimp (in batches if necessary) for 2 minutes per side or until just opaque when knife tested.

To serve, transfer the Salad to a large serving platter and place the shrimp on top of the salad and feel your jeans breathe a sigh of comfortable relief.


Mark J. Drabich


Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet

P 908-840-4332

F 908-506-0293

1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833