1. Red Lobster, Lima
Location: 2150 Harding Highway, Lima
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: Known for their seafood, Red Lobster is the only place around that you can get a live Maine lobster. Their fish, salmon, tilapia and trout, is trucked in fresh and is never frozen. While many find Red Lobster a great place for a fine dining experience, stop in for one of their new $7.99 lunch specials which run 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays for a quicker, more affordable option.
2. Captain Dís, Lima
Location: 2575 Elida Road, 2020 Harding Highway, Lima
Phone: Elida Road: 419-331-8888; Harding Highway: 419-223-8899
Hours: Elida Road: 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; Harding Highway: 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: Itís Captain Dís loyal customer base that lands them in the best seafood category again and again. With a variety of fried, baked and grilled options, customers can enjoy seafood in a casual atmosphere at an affordable price. The most popular item on the menu is the deluxe platter which includes shrimp, fish and stuffed crab shells, although the new $4.99 southern style white fish menu entrťe item is threatening to take the lead.
3. Casa Lu Al, Lima
Location: 2323 N. West St., Lima
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
Highlights: While many people think of Casa Lu Al as an Italian restaurant, they also have a great seafood selection. Featuring items such walleye, haddock and salmon, seafood lovers are sure to be pleased. Many customers also rave about the shrimp, which is not just tasty but jumbo sized as well. When served by their friendly wait staff, itís a meal sure to please!
Honorable Mentions: Yamato, Lima; Lock Sixteen, Lima; Fat Cat Diner, Lima