A year of succulent seafood

A year of succulent seafood has crossed the plates and palates of many Medina County Lifestyle readers, and Kingfish Seafood–the upscale dining destination atop Restaurant  Hill in  Montrose—opened  as  the  immediate, undeniable local leader in coastal cuisine is just getting started. Locals have fallen in love with everything from fresh-caught blue point oysters to sweet-succulent Maine lobster, as well as the nautical feast for the eyes. Reminiscent of a charming coastal New England home, the exterior is as crystal blue as the waters your meal recently called home. A 20-foot swordfish statue majestically  beckons visitors  from  its perch above the building. The seaside splendor continues inside as a seductive mermaid mural greets guests upon entering. An eclectic balance of reclaimed materials, original artwork and features like the sparkling white marble bar top lend to the comfortable décor.

“At  every  seat, at  every  angle, your eye will land on something special to see,” says George Schindler, president of Hospitality Restaurants, who designed the elegant space.

Kingfish is run by the locally 
owned and award-winning Hospitality Restaurants.

The influence on the freshest catch available is clearly that of Corporate Executive Chef Marc Standen. Having overseen nationally acclaimed Blue Point Grille in the Warehouse District in downtown Cleveland for the last 10 years, Chef Standen knows seafood. The uncompromising dedication to the freshest of ingredients prepared with thoughtful technique continues to be evident with the Chef de Cuisine of Kingfish, Joe Staufer. Chef Staufer and his team have added promotions including Alaskan favorites at peak of season such as wild salmon, king crab and fresh halibut. October and November feature a contemporized “Lobster Bake,” which is wowing guests. Featuring a pair of grilled Maine Lobster Tails and served with drawn butter, roasted potatoes, local sweet corn and perfectly poached clams. Each Sunday this elegant eatery welcomes diners to enjoy the dish, usually $39, for only $29.

“We have been so welcomed by the local community, we want to make sure we return the positivity with a great value,” states Chef Standen. “There isn’t a better time of year to enjoy Lobster, and Kingfish is all about the chance to feature top quality seafood at the peak of flavor and freshness.”

Locals have fallen in love

The additions to the menu since opening have rounded out the coastal influence and created more than a few favorites. “Shrimp and Grits is a classic low country cuisine staple. We took the grits as seriously as the succulent gulf shrimp in this dish, sourcing the creamy southern staple from Geechie Boy Grain Mill in South Carolina,” Chef Standen says. “The time and effort to find top-quality ingredients is always worth it, food lovers appreciate the detail.”

With top-notch steakhouses in Cleveland, such as Cabin Club and Delmonico’s, there is little surprise that steaks and chops have been popular at Kingfish as well. A full array of hand-cut steaks from Certified Angus Beef and lushly decadent Duroc pork chops bring the steak and pork lover more than their fair share of bliss. The house-smoked lamb belly appetizer rewards the foodie with flavors of pure love. Kingfish’s culinary team has created a separate menu especially for vegans and vegetarians with inventive dishes such as the Forest Mushroom Jambalaya.

With two areas for private or semi-private dining, Kingfish has party needs covered with unique décor and state of the art AV capabilities. The 18-foot hammered metal fish sculpture glows with a subtle backlight and illuminates semi-private functions in the “Barracuda Room”. For the ultimate in private parties or corporate functions, the “Harbor Room” is highlighted by a chandelier of crystal “bubbles” cascading downward over the custom-built 14-seat table, which is carved in the shape of a ship’s hull. Circular mirrored wall art mimics the feel of portholes and the custom bubble carpeting leaves the sound of waves and aroma of sea air the only missing elements to a maritime adventure. Quickly becoming a must visit in the greater Akron area, Kingfish has also built a reputation for hosting the hottest weekday happy hour in town, with delicious appetizer features and $1 oysters. The bar opens at 3 and the cascading white marble bar is one of the most lovely spots to settle in and enjoy the lux dining Kingfish thoughtfully provides.

Kingfish Seafood: 115 Montrose West Avenue in Copley. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4-11 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-8 p.m.
Reservations are available at 330.777.2005 and KingfishAkron.com. Other Hospitality Restaurants locations include Blue Point Grille, Salmon Dave’s, Delmonico’s Steakhouse, Cabin Club and three Rosewood Grill locations in Hudson, Strongsville and Westlake