On a casual Friday evening Features writer Kellie Abernethy and her husband Brian ventured up to Flagler Beach to scope out a place rumored to serve some of the best seafood this side of Florida — Flagler Fish Company.

What’s the place like?

We headed up to Flagler Fish Company on a busy Friday night knowing we might have to wait for a table, and we were right. Five or six other parties were standing in the tight lobby area waiting for tables, but we decided it was a good sign and put our name on the list. As we waited we eyed the display case stocked full of thick slabs of fresh fish. If there was any doubt that the fish served at Flagler Fish Company is fresh, one look at the display case erases any suspicion. After a little while the host led us to a table tucked in the back. Colorful wooden fish adorn the walls, reflecting the fish in the display case. Rustic faded wood accents give the restaurant a casual yet nautical feel.

What’s on the menu?

At first glance the menu can be slightly overwhelming. You can go ale carte and choose from a variety of fish tacos, burgers and pasta, or you can follow the menu’s guide: step 1, choose your entrée — chicken, portabella mushroom, fish, crab, lobster, or surf and turf. Step 2, choose your style — seared, blackened or grilled. Step 3, choose your sauce (there are several, but we recommend the lemon butter caper sauce). Step 4, choose two sides ranging from sweet potato fries to portabella, tomato and asparagus salad.

What did you have?

As soon as our server found out we were first-timers, she told us we couldn’t leave without trying the asiago potatoes. No need to twist our arms. She then explained the evening’s specials, and two of them immediately stood out — grilled wahoo with pineapple salsa and ginger citrus with asparagus and striped bass with lemon butter caper sauce, asiago potatoes and asparagus. We were sold.

The food arrived fairly quickly and was nicely displayed. Brian took one bite of the asiago potatoes and declared them the best potatoes he had ever had. He shared a bite with me, and it’s fair to say I could have had the asiago potatoes alone for dinner and been satisfied. Trust us — don’t leave without trying the asiago potatoes.

As good as the potatoes were, the fish was even better. The sweet notes of pineapple mixed with the ginger citrus and seasoning of the grilled wahoo created a sublime combination. Brian savored every bite of his striped bass, claiming that the lemon butter caper sauce was the perfect complement. One taste of his striped bass dipped in lemon butter caper sauce and I couldn’t help but agree — it was well worth the wait.

What did it cost?

This feast cost $55, before tip plus two beers.