Good morning to all of our beloved friends and clients and as we slog through our current state of affairs I am taking a great deal of solace of how many folks are handling these tumultuous times with extreme patience, resolute and heaping piles of human kindness. Heck I am even finding it soothing to hear PSAs from celebrities who remind me to wash my hands, stay home and observe social distancing...okay, I was fibbing about that last part, I really don't care what Danny DeVito has to say unless he's delivering stellar comedic lines on "Cheers" or "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"...seriously, this guy is an American Treasure.
Now of course as your humble Funky Fishmonger, I would never offer any kind of warnings unless of course you are planning on grilling a whole Branzino. To that point, your grill should be set on medium high heat and the fish has to be at room temperature if you are going to pull this culinary assignment off without a hitch. But keeping with my level of expertise as a Fishmonger, I do have a couple of sound pieces of advise during this new and funky normal. For one as we are all wearing masks there are some precautions we all must take to insure the safety of others but also one's own comfort. Please keep in mind, I know absolutely nothing when it comes to masks, I just strap in on like most of you and trust it's doing its job. However, regarding your comfort, I have found that there are certain foods you might want to avoid when donning a mask. How do you know this Funky Fishmonger? Life experience my fellow travelers. Now I should preface this by saying that I am a fan of very flavorful cuisine but that doesn't always jive when wearing a mask. For example, we just cut into a brand new wheel of Blue Cheese yesterday and I eagerly took a sample and then promptly put my mask back on. Well, OH MY indeed...what normally was a lovely blue cheese funk turned into a full on Fromage attack on my olfactory. And as long as we are on the subject you should also avoid Herring in Wine Sauce, garlicky Hummus, Kimchi and of course Limburger and Blue cheese.
Well I hope you find these tips helpful and should you care to cook up some gorgeous scents in your kitchen, you must try today's recipes including Grilled Tilefish Avocado Salad & Grilled Middle Eastern Inspired Whole Branzino with a Tahini Lemon Dressing. Thanks for stopping by today for our virtual visit and please keep in mind when this whole thing blows over, I will be on a full on hugging jag...you have been warned.
Now to the Business at hand, there our some new procedures we have implemented in the hopes of delivering more excellent services and products while keeping us all safe and they are as follows.
UPDATED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND EMAIL ORDERS Curbside Service is still available for all orders both FRESH FISH and TAKE-OUT, we just please ask for your patience while we gather your order and safely deliver it to your vehicle. Of course you can call in your order and we will give you a designated time frame in which to pick up your order. That said, we would love to tell you your order will be ready in 30 minutes or less but unfortunately we must schedule it for later in the day as we do butcher every piece of fish that is brought into Metro.
You may now order Fresh Seafood (Fresh Fish, Shrimp, Crab, Clams etc.) online with a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Just Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and please put ORDER in the subject line. Please include your full name, the day you would like to pick-up (curbside) along with your phone number so we may call you back to confirm your order. We will call you to get your credit card information. Please see the body of this email or check our website for current fresh fish availability. Since we cannot get back to you immediately please call the store for all current pricing.
Regarding Take-Out (Hot, prepared meals from our specials and regular menu); Things have changed slightly, we please ask you to call earlier in the day and place your order. We will then let you know what is the next pick-up time. During our peak lunch and dinner hours we cannot always guarantee 30 minutes or less but I promise we will try.
We are still delivering (free of charge to those in our community who are at the greatest risk (the elderly as well as those with immune deficiencies). Please call at least 24 hours in advance so we can assist you better. Also, please know that our Curbside Service is completely safe and you never have to leave your car. Just pop the trunk and we will drop your order in.
Regarding phone calls; With only six phone lines it is not uncommon for all lines to be busy, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR NAME AND NUMBER ON THE ANSWERING SERVICE AND WE WILL CALL YOU EARLY THE NEXT DAY
Also along with our fresh fish offerings, we also carry fresh produce (Asparagus, French String Beans, Salad Mix, Potatoes, Onions, Carrots and so much more). Moreover, we have a full line of Rice, Imported pasta, olive oil and vinegars so please do not hesitate to ask for anything at all as we would love to save you another trip to the store.
Seriously just ask, if we have it, you'll have it.
And lastly, We know that along with the obvious health issues some of you might be finding yourself in severe financial crisis, due to layoffs during this time. Please do not hesitate to call the store or direct message us on Facebook or Instagram so we may provide a hot meal, free of charge, to those in need. This will be practiced with the utmost discretion maintaining complete privacy to all of those involved. You have plenty to worry about but we will have no one in our community go hungry tonight.
To all of our Beloved Friends and Clients South and West...You Can Experience Metropolitan Seafood At The PLEASE CALL YOUR ORDER IN ADVANCE SO WE MAY SERVE YOU BETTER Stockton Farmers Market Stockton NJ FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL OUR MAIN NUMBER TO ORDER SEAFOOD 908-840-4332 to pick-up at the Market THERE WILL ONLY BE FRESH FISH AT THE MARKET THIS WEEK...NO TAKE-OUT OPTIONS...THANK YOU AND BE SAFE
STOCKTON MARKET HOURS Friday 3:00 to 9:00 Saturday 9:00 to 4:00 NO SUNDAYS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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TODAY'S GREAT TAKE-OUT SPECIALS (908) 840-4332
CURBSIDE SERVICE IS AVAILABLE ON ALL TAKE-OUT MENU SELECTIONS
Grilled Pesto Organic Scottish Salmon over Our Classic Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12
A Mediterranean Ahi Tuna Burger "Health Wrap" Grilled Lemon Garlic Ahi Tuna Burger with Mixed Field Greens, Roasted Veggies and a Basil Aioli Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread With a Choice of Soup* $12
Metro's Spiced Up Mexican "Torta" Catfish Sandwich Spicy Corn Meal Crusted Catfish with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Avocado and Pickled Jalapeños with Chipotle Aioli on a Fresh Baked Toasted Roll With a Choice of Soup* $9
Metro's Classic Oyster "PO-BOY" Panko Crusted Plump Oysters with Lettuce, Tomato, Sliced Pickle, and Remoulade Sauce on a Fresh Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10
The Metro Snapper "Picnic Roll" (Makes you Feel Like You're Eating with Friends) Panko Crusted Wild Snapper Fillet with Tomato, Cole Slaw and Spicy Mayo on a Toasted Ciabatta Roll With a choice of Soup* $12
Metro's Ocean Perch "Baja" Roll Cornmeal Crusted Sweet Maine Ocean Perch with Mixed Field Greens, Guacamole, Tomato, Red Onions and Lime Aioli on a Toasted Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $10
The Scallop "Love Roll" (Mmm...that virtual hug feels nice) Panko Crusted Day Boat Scallops Served with Lettuce, Tomato and Cayenne Aioli on fresh Baked Soft Roll With a Choice of Soup* $11
Grilled Branzino Wrap "Caesar" Wrap Grilled Tuscan Branzino Fillet Wrapped in Lebanese Flat Bread with our House Caesar Salad With a Choice of Soup* $12
Grilled Lemon Basil Arctic Char Fillet Over a Mixed Field Green Salad (Choice of Dressing) With a Choice of Soft Drink** $12
Rock Shrimp Tacos (2) (Hell Yeah, They Rock!) Lightly Breaded Rock Shrimp on Flour Tortillas (2) with Shredded Cabbage, Pico De Gallo & Baja Sauce With our House-Made Pickled Jalapeno Peppers and Onions (on the side) With a Choice of Soup* $10
Metro's Classic Lobster Roll "Life is Sweet" Traditional Lobster Salad served on a Toasted Soft Roll with Baby Field greens With a Choice of Soup* $20
(For those Folks who love fish eaters but not fish) Metro's Mediterranean Chicken Pita Panko Crusted Chicken Breast with Mixed Field Greens, Tomato and Basil Aioli on Locally Baked Pita With a Choice of Soup* $12
Metro's House Burger Locally Sourced Grass-Fed Beef Served with Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion and Side Pickle Choice of Cheddar or American Cheese Comes with French Fries $12
CHECK OUT OUR NEW MEAT OPTIONS
**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: Whiting Tautog (Blackfish) Golden Tilefish Ocean Perch Swordfish Real Grey Sole (New Bedford) Cod Hake (if butter could swim) Maine Steamers Porgies (Scup) Jonah Crab Cocktail Claws Jonah Crab Meat Sea Bass Fluke (Sushi Grade)Featured Recipe see below Day Boat Sea Scallops "Dry" Nova Scotia Halibut Nova Scotia (Hard Shell) Lobsters Jumbo Maine Mussels Baccala (Salt Cod) Needs to be soaked for 2 days Fresh Squid (AKA Calamari) Rhode Island Little Necks Cherry Stone Clams Top Neck Clams
From the Waters of the World: Branzino Mahi Red Grouper Ahi Sushi Grade Tuna U-4 Head-On She Tiger Prawns (Nigeria) Carabineros (Spanish Red Shrimp) New Zealand Green Lip Mussels 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) Crayfish Tail Meat Conch Meat from Belize
From the South: Soft Shell Crabs American Red Snapper Fresh Florida Rock Shrimp Fresh Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Fresh Lump Crab Meat Special Crab Meat Blue Crab Cocktail Claws with Horseradish Sauce
From Sustainable Seafood Sources: Certified Organic King Salmon (BC Can) Arctic Char (Iceland) Catfish Organic Scottish Salmon Prince Edward Island Mussels Local Musky Hatchery Rainbow Trout Large Maine Mussels
From the Pacific Northwest: Fresh Plump Shucked Washington State Oysters Jumbo King Crab Legs Jumbo Snow (Opilio) Crab Legs Manila Clams
More Fish coming in Every Day Please Call for updated Inventory... (908) 840 4332
Metropolitan's Half-Shell Oyster and Clam Selections
GO SHUCKING CRAZY!
Oysters: East Coast: Aunt Dotty (NJ) Beau Soleil (NB Can) Blue Points (NY) Damsels in Distress (ME) Duxbury (Mass) Glidden Point (ME) Highbar Harbor (NJ) Island Creek (Mass) Lucky Limes (PEI Can) Mystic (Conn) Pemaquid (ME) Raspberry Point (PEI) Row 34 (Mass) Sugar Shack (NJ) Blackberry (Va)
West Coast: Kumamoto (Calf)
METRO LETS YOU GET YOUR OYSTER ON! IN A VERY SUSTAINABLE WAY...
Clams: Maine Steamers Little Neck Clams (RI) Top Neck Clams (Conn) Cherrystones (RI) Fresh Chopped Clams
TODAY'S FEATURED RECIPES
Grilled Tilefish Avocado Salad Serves 4 Can healthy and delicious live together in the same house? Of course the can but just like all houses Healthy and Delicious have their own unique personalities. For example Bamboo shoots and Herring are delicious and healthy, if the house is owned by Panda Bears. That said, let's H&D together for this great spring time meal.
Ingredients 4 Tilefish fillets 6 to 8 ounces each with the skin on and scaled; Grouper works great Also For the Tilefish Marinade 2 tablespoons o of olive oil 1 tablespoon of Seven Spice; don't panic, Metro has this addictive spice blend 2 cloves of garlic crushed and minced fine Salt and pepper For the Salad 2 ripe Avocados 6 tablespoons of Crème Fraiche The juice of 1 to 2 limes depending on your taste. Salt and Pepper 2 scallions sliced thin 8 radishes sliced thin 2-5 ounce boxes of Mixed Field Greens or your Favorite lettuce
How it's done First make the avocado dressing by combining the Avocados, crème fraiche, and lime juice in a food processor and "whizz" until smooth; season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside (if your dressing is too thick you can add a little water to smooth it out).
Next combine the olive oil, seven spice, garlic with a good pinch of salt and pepper in a small shallow bowl or pie plate. Add the tilefish fillets to the marinade turn to coast and let marinate at room temperature for 15 to 20 minutes (cover with plastic wrap).
Preheat your grill to medium high heat.
Arrange the salad greens, scallions and radishes on a large serving platter and set aside.
Remove the fish from the marinade and brush with a little olive oil and then grill the tilefish, flesh side down first, for 5 minutes flip and grill for another 6 minutes or until just opaque when fork tested.
To serve, transfer the fillets on top of the salad and drizzle over the Avocado dressing: Garnish with lime wedges. Looks like H&D are getting along just fine, now if we could just get Delicious to put the cap on the toothpaste all would be peachy.
Grilled Middle Eastern Inspired Whole Branzino with a Tahini Lemon Dressing Serves 4 Some say that I rely too heavily on my Half Lebanese heritage while creating recipes, to which I reply; "Haters gonna Hate!" or "I think someone needs a Hug." Seriously, this dish is the Mirage of flavor you have been searching for.
Ingredients 2 Whole Branzino Scaled and Gutted with the heads left on about 1½ to 2 pounds each: Of Course you could use Sea Branzino , Sea Bream (Durato) or Snapper with great results ¼ cup of olive oil The juice of 2 lemons 1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon zest ¼ cup of fresh chopped cilantro 3 cloves of garlic crushed and minced fine 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika 1 teaspoon of ground cumin ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric 1 to 2 good pinches of crushed red pepper (pinch like you mean it!)
For the Tahini Lemon Dressing ¼ cup tahini The juice of 1 lemon or more to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ teaspoon ground turmeric Salt and Pepper
How it's done First make the Lemon Tahini Dressing by whisking the ingredients in a small bowl; adjust lemon juice to taste and season with salt and pepper and set aside.
Prepare charcoal or preheat grill to medium heat (400° degrees)
Pat the fish dry with paper towels, both inside and out and make three cuts (crossways) into both sides of the fish (Metro will do this for you) and place in a large glass dish.
Next whisk the marinade ingredients with 2 good pinches of salt in a small bowl. Take the marinade and gently rub into the fish and into the chest cavity; cover with plastic wrap and let marinate on the counter for 20 to 30 minutes.
If you want to marinate sooner you can, just please let the fish come to room temperature before grilling. Remove the Branzino from the marinade and season both sides of the fish with a little more salt.
Grill the fish on the medium heat for about 10 to 12 minutes per side or until the meat is just opaque when fork tested.
To serve, transfer the fish to a large serving platter and garnish with lemon wedges. Now comes the fun part, as you or your guests dig into the perfectly cooked fish, you drizzle the Tahini Lemon dressing over the fish and get ready for sultry looks paired with drooling mouths.
EAT FISH LOVE LONGER!
Mark J. Drabich President Metropolitan Seafood & Gourmet P 908-840-4332 F 908-506-0293 Email:email@example.com 1320 Rt. 22 Lebanon NJ 08833