Report Card: Captain Tom’s Seafood

One of the yummy seafood platters available at Captain Tom's

One of the yummy seafood platters available at Captain Tom’s

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Overall GrubGrade B+

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade B:  It is kind of difficult to describe Captain Tom’s Seafood.  From the outside, it looks nothing like a seafood restaurant, but on the inside it definitely looks like a seafood restaurant.  The exterior of Captain Tom’s Seafood is pretty nondescript.  The inside has some appropriate seafood-type decorations.  There is a lot of space in Captain Tom’s, which allows for generous spacing between tables.  Captain Tom’s stays pretty busy, so it’s a good thing there lots of space for lots of tables.  We’re not sure if Captain Tom’s stays busy because of the quality of food or because of lack of options, but it’s probably a combination of both.

High marks:  Lots of space

Low marks:   Generic exterior

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Service:  Grade B:  Captain Tom’s Seafood is not an upscale seafood restaurant.  As such, we really do not have high expectations for the service.  At Captain Tom’s, we really just expect someone to bring out our food when it’s done and keep our drinks topped off, which describes the level of service at Captain Tom’s pretty accurately.  Here’s a tip from us to you – it you have to take your check up to the cashier after you eat yourself, then you shouldn’t have high expectations for your service (i.e. Bob Evans).  That being said, our servers at Captain Tom’s did indeed bring out our food and keep our drinks topped off, hence the grade of “B.”

High marks:  Solid service

Low marks:   Not much effort involved with service

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B+:  We have family that live in the Martinsville, Va area, so Captain Tom’s Seafood has kind of become a tradition in our family.  We usually visit once each time we go see our relatives.  The nice thing about Captain Tom’s is the seafood is really good, the hush puppies are excellent, and you get so much food it kind of takes your breath away.  We always get combination platters with different types of fish, shrimp, etc.  We consistently find the food to be well prepared and tasty.  Hush puppies are savory and lightly breaded, popcorn shrimp is breaded nicely and has a nice pop to it when you bite into them, and the fish is always perfectly seasoned and breaded, with light, flaky fillets.  The food is brought piled high in baskets, and you’d be lucky to finish everything they put in front of you.  The fries and slaw provided as sides aren’t going to rock your world, but who cares?  You probably aren’t going to be able to eat it anyway.

High marks:  Really good food, and a ton of it    

Low marks:  You’re going to have to scrap the diet for the day

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Value:  Grade A:  Obviously, with the quality of food and the massive portion size, it’s not hard to see why Captain Tom’s Seafood gets an “A” for value.  If, for some ungodly reason, you have the occasion to visit Martinsville, Va, you should really stop by Captain Tom’s Seafood for some great grub.  It might be the best option you’ve got.

High marks:   Huge portions, excellent food

Low marks:  Seafood leftovers do not microwave well

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