We sat outside on the deck as it was muggy, but overcast so not too uncomfortable. Our server, Shelby, came over right away with cups of water for everyone and was very cheerful and friendly. We placed our order, picking a plethora of items to share. First some fried goodies to include: Fried Pickles, Corn Nuggets, and Sea Bites. The pickles were thinly slice and served with a Russian dressing-type sauce. The corn nuggets were sweet little bites of creamed corned that are deep fried. The sea bites were nice chunks of white cod, served with a traditional tartar sauce. They were not heavily fried as the other two starters, so it was nice to nibble on during this hot afternoon.
Next, my Mom was eager to try a dozen steamed clams and mussels, and a dozen of the crabs. They were out of the jumbo or large size crabs, so we settled on the medium. Being the smaller species of blue crab, our server recommended we order a dozen and a half, but with all the other food we got we said we'd start with the dozen and if we wanted more, we could always order more later. I'm glad we didn't order more, because the dozen ended up being plenty for us. The clams were HUGE! Some of the biggest I have ever seen, and were plainly steamed with no seasoning what-so-ever. A couple of the pieces were a little too chewy for me and I could not swallow them down. The mussels on the other hand, were also prepared plain, but were much more sweet and had a unique mild flavor. Unfortunately, I only had 2 pieces since my Mom devoured them all! They are her favorite of all the shellfish.
Overall, the music and festivities at Tim's was pumping, bringing in large crowds from both land and sea. Many were casually dressed and shameless walking around the restaurant and bar areas in only their tiny swimsuits. (My conservative mother was a little shocked by this sight!) The seafood was very fresh and the prices fairly reasonable. I really enjoyed the corn nuggets and the cod sea bites, as well as the steamed mussels. The crabs are too much work for me, so I would order a sandwich next time. But it is still fun to watch everyone else get down and dirty to get to the sweet crab meat. Crab picking is such a classic summer activity, especially along the East Coast, so it was a great way to spend our Labor Day weekend. If only we had a boat, we could have stayed out on the water longer to enjoy the music and take a dip in the river.
Total Rating: 3.33
Food: 3.5, Price: 3, Service: 3, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 2
What I ate:
Corn Nuggets, Fried Pickles, Sea Bites
Plus others ate:
Dozen Steamed Crabs (Medium)