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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

TIN FISH
FAIR HAVEN, MICHIGAN

We've been dining here on the shores of Lake St. Clair near Detroit since this venerable establishment was known as Bud's.  You can't beat the view here.  It sits right on the water and diners come by car and by boat.


The Lake is Directly to the Left of this Picture

During the warm weather months patrons can dine inside or out on the deck.  They also have a nice tiki bar.

On this visit there were three adults and two twins ages 3.  While we enjoyed our food, the kids threw theirs but enjoyed it nonetheless!

My wife and daughter shared an order of artichoke dip and tortilla chips.  It was rich, creamy and delightful.  I went with some freshly steamed top neck clams.  They came in a bucket with an okay but not sensational broth.  It appeared to be a combination of tomato juice, wine, green onions, green peppers and perhaps just a bit of butter.  The clams were perfectly steamed but at $10  for just six (I think there were only six) it wasn't much of a proportion.

My wife ordered a Nicoise salad with fresh tuna.  It was very nice and the proportion of tuna was impressive, probably 8 ounces.  The salad was loaded with sliced black olives, grape sized tomatoes and it came with two boiled potatoes cut into halves.

My daughter went with a simple cheeseburger and fries.  She was very pleased with her selection and said the fries were some of the best she'd ever had.  Nice and crispy on the outside yet tender on the inside.

I chose grilled red snapper and I've got to tell you it was one of the best pieces of fish I've had in a couple of years.  I suspect it was actually fresh.  It came with a very light but wonderful seasoning that appeared to consist of a slight bit of cumin, paprika, crushed peppercorns and hints of other spices.  It was great.  Since I was on a low carb diet at the time, I ordered extra green beans in lieu of the potato and the beans were great, too.

One of the joys of dining here is the view and some of the critters that float by.

On our most recent visit, five huge swans were also present and swam right up to the Tin Fish dock apparently hoping for a hand-out.  And it just so happened that we had a small doggy bag full of stuff and they enjoyed our sloppy seconds.

The Tin Fish is a great dining experience with terrific views of the lake.  For complete info on this restaurant including directions, they have a nice web site here.