We were staying in the area for a few days, saw the place advertised, and decided to give it a try. In all fairness, we should say that our rating was heavily swayed by the ambiance of the place, which we found to be unpleasant. On the other hand, if you can get past that and are looking for a good basic meal, you can find one at Capt Bobs. We arrived on a Saturday night, and the place was so busy we had trouble finding a place to park. The crowd size obviously speaks volumes about the popularity of the place with the local crowd. We were promptly seated at the only available table. Our first reaction to the environment was that the place was much like a school cafeteria, with open tables throughout. The place had no soft surfaces or partitions to dissipate the noise, so not only is there an overpowering din, but we could clearly hear the conversation of everyone else in the room. So we did not feel at ease talking with each other. The service was prompt and always around when we needed something. As far as the food, the large menu seemed to lean heavily toward the Southern tradition of frying everything. We personally do not care for fried food and never eat it, so we had to peruse the menu carefully for alternatives. The shrimp, catfish, and lobster tails were offered broiled, so my wife ordered the shrimp and catfish (broiled), which came with cole slaw and hushpuppies. I ordered the combo rib eye steak and broiled lobster tail, which came with a salad and steamed broccoli. We both started with a cup of chowder, which was rich and flavorful, even a bit spicy. The salad and cole slaw were basic, but good. My wife enjoyed the shrimp, but thought the catfish was undercooked for her taste. (It was a generous portion, so she took it home and warmed it up for lunch the next day.) She tried one bite of the hush puppies, but did not care for any more. My lobster tail was tender and flavorful, quite good. The steak surprised me: it was a thin cut, but cooked a perfect medium rare as requested. The steak had a very good grilled flavor. And the broccoli was cooked to perfection, not tough or mushy, just right. So all in all, the food was average to very good, depending on the selection, but the ambiance is a real drag on the experience.
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