Lola’s Seafood Eatery’s paella is a traditional Spanish seafood and rice dish.(Photo: SUSAN DENNIS/SPECIAL TO TCPALM)

I was in the mood for seafood, so we tried Lola’s Seafood Eatery, a freestanding establishment in the Publix Downtown shopping center on U.S. 1 in Stuart.

I knew it was a counter service, but I was a little overwhelmed by the many menu and special boards. We stood there for almost 10 minutes trying to decide. The counter attendant kept asking if we were ready, which kind of annoyed me.

Lola’s Seafood Eatery’s counter in Stuart. (Photo: SUSAN DENNIS/SPECIAL TO TCPALM)

The menu features New England style fare with a subtle South Florida flair. There were lots of fried seafood baskets ($12.50-$18.90) served with slaw and a choice of unique bottleneck fries, which are extra crispy crinkle cut steak fries, or a side salad.

New England styles rolls, such as lobster, scallop, crab and clams ($10.90-$19.90) on a traditional butter grilled bun, are also popular and are served with slaw and choice of fries or salad.

Other regional specialties include tender, briny tasting whole belly clams, Ipswich steamers (a soft-shell clam), New England clam chowder, and Maine lobster.

Most of the seafood is sourced from the coastal fishing town of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Floridian choices include conch, mahi, grouper and fish tacos. 

For the landlubbers, there are some chicken dishes and a burger.

We finally chose a house salad ($4.25), which was incredibly fresh baby greens garnished with a fresh tomato, corn and black bean salsa, craisins and feta cheese tossed in a unique orange basil vinaigrette. The presentation was lovely, and it tasted as good as it looked. The salad can be topped with one of 11 different proteins ranging in price from $13.90 to $19.90.

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