BEST SEAFOOD RESTAURANT Minneapolis 2001 - Oceanaire
Since it opened a little more than two years ago, Oceanaire has dominated the seafood dreams of seafood lovers. The fantasies start with $1.95 bluepoint oysters (opened by a few of the only people you can count on not to shatter the bivalves while shucking), work up through $4.25 cups of clam chowder and $19.95 fried-everything (potatoes, fish, shrimp, scallops, and oysters) platters, and then dither around aimlessly in the seared Oregon skate ($23.95), Hawaiian blue marlin ($25.95), and $22-per-pound Maine lobsters, which run two to five pounds. A $110 lobster--mmmm. Admittedly, Oceanaire has a pick-my-pocket-please! wine list and dominates this category so thoroughly that the wise-ass deep within us wants to throw a wrench in the machine and award it to somebody like It's Greek to Me, with their lovely little fried smelt. But then thoughts turn to the five-pound lobster and the bluepoint oysters, and drooling overwhelms the wise-ass instinct. That's powerful seafood!