Key lime pie ($4.99) was, unsurprisingly, the house dessert specialty. Marlin and Ray's sweet-tart version, topped with an airy pile of whipped cream and tiny tendrils of lime zest, was a good one.
But the blondie sundae ($4.99), a warm chocolate chip cookie-bar topped with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, was even better. The sundae wasn't island-centric, but it was tasty and comforting.
But with fruity drinks and capably prepared seafood, Marlin and Ray's is a place that even Crockett and Tubbs would love.
Marlin and Ray's Seafood and Sunsets
Back story: The first Maryland outpost of a small national chain, Marlin and Ray's Seafood and Sunsets opened in Bel Air in early October. The restaurant's casual vibe and satisfying takes on island dishes make for a fun, beachy evening.
Parking: Lot on both sides of restaurant
Signature dish: "Marlin's Sizzle" is a trio of nicely cooked seafood — sweet grilled shrimp, flaky and spicy blackened tilapia, and a simple crab cake. Paired with crunchy onion rings and served with a side of bright mango salsa, the Sizzle is a satisfying seafood dinner.
Where: 593 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air
Contact: 410-638-0903; http://www.marlinandraysseafood.com
Open: Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Credit cards: All major
Rating: 2 stars
[Key: 5 stars: Superlative; 4 stars: Excellent; 3 stars: Very Good; 2 stars: Good; 1 star: Promising]
Marlin and Ray's brings a little Miami to Bel Air
Tasty seafood and fun drinks are the calling card at this new eatery
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