Good News, Bad News for Stollenwerk

Craig LaBan uses his review of Michael Stollenwerk’s Fathom Seafood House to bestow a third bell on Stollenwerk’s  Fish. LaBan is not nearly as kind to Fathom, in fact he’s positively salty about the overly-salted dishes at the Fishtown bar.

Had I stopped at the raw-bar platter of pristine Malpeques and fleshy Jersey littlenecks, I would have been just fine. The cold half lobster on ice – moist, sweet, and tender – was a deal for $10.

But too many of the cooked dishes that followed left me flat. The Thai steamed mussels were OK, but we’ve seen those at Little Fish (and everywhere else). The steamed littlenecks with chorizo were chewy and overcooked. The Jonah crab claws were inexplicably bland, especially considering they were bathed in garlic butter.

One Bell – Hit-or-miss

For Stollenwerk, Fishtown’s Fathom is the one that got away [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Fathom Seafood House [Official Site]

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  • ThadS

    The baked beans are second to none.

  • rascal b. schuylkillian

    I had similar experiences with the NACL levels of the food there on my only visit. Chefs who are heavy smokers tend to also be heavy-handed with the salt (although I don’t know if the chef or any of the kitchen crew actually smoke).

    I did like the place and I would definitely go back to try more food.

  • Food Phan

    I have been several times with no complaints whatsoever, awesome bar and food. However, my last visit (maybe 4 weeks ago) the pierogies were salty, cant lie.

    They’ll fix it and it’ll go back to good.

    As for Little Fish, Labans still pissed Food and Wine honored them nationally before he even knew they existed. Way to hold a grudge, maybe I’ll get a reservation now!

  • Lindsey

    We went last week and I was really unimpressed (especially about the lobster grilled cheese). We did like the fried crab louie though. Good beer list, but probably won’t be a regular hang – also pricey for a not so great sandwich that doesn’t come with anything.