Written By: Jennifer L. Grazioso
Anthony McCarthy has been in the fish wholesale, restaurant, and market industry since 1978, from working with his father at Anthony’s on Rt. 37 in Toms River, NJ to being proprietor of Anthony’s in Forked River, NJ today.
McCarthy started in Philly as a buyer for Neil Stein’s Striped Bass in the 90’s. Today he still owns and operates a wholesale fishing company that handles over 20 high-end restaurants in Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Washington DC; restaurants including Buddakan, Rouge, Nectar and Fork.
The fish that Tony delivers is caught and within a 28 hour period, it is prepared, trucked and garnished in order to provide the restaurant’s the freshest possible product. Tony’s passion and collaborations with these chefs has set a standard for seafood along the Mid-Atlantic.
Upon opening, 11 weeks ago, Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant & Market in Lacey Township has been a wonderful opportunity to share the delicious, local and seasonal fish.
One of their top dishes that customers rave about and return again and again for are the crab cakes served with jumbo lump crab, lettuce, tomato, tarter or cocktail sauce. Mango Salmon is another favorite, served with fresh mango salsa, scallion puree, and citrus risotto.
My husband and I had the Local Craft Battered Fish & Chips the other day. It was delicious. It is Alaskan Cod, local craft beer battered, x-crispy fries (so yummy) and homemade tartar sauce with house-made cole slaw (I really like the zip to the slaw). Next time, I will try the fish tacos. The gentleman next to me was enjoying them…and I truly wanted to reach over and grab one when he wasn’t looking.
Tony and his wife, Sharon as well as his daughters, Amanda and Angela are very excited to have you come on in and enjoy the many delicious seafood menu items. See advertisement on next page for menu.
Anthony’s Seafood Restaurant & Market is located at 17 Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ. Call 609-693-0400 or 609-693-7678 for more information. Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 8:30pm; Sunday 11am to 6:30pm; Monday–Gone Fishing!