This place is everything I love: they have a wide range of seafood items and preparation methods, the staff are fellow gastronomes who’s conversations make me happy every time we talk, and they don’t mind substitutions.
The owner of Smithtown owns a few other restaurants in town, all with the same dedication to using and accentuating local ingredients. At Smithtown, FoodChain products take the lead. They are located adjacent to the restaurant and provide hydroponic greens and herbs as well as tilapia.
On the menu, my favorites are the Bay Scallop Taco ($2.49 for one taco), Rice Paper Taco ($2.99 for one taco), and the Super Spice Fries ($5.99 for a hearty sized basket and your choice of dipping sauce). Perfect bar food. The bay scallops are definitely my favorite despite the tendency for restaurants to overcook the scallops, something that has never happened here. Accented with a little bit of cilantro, greens, and salsa verde, it’s a good balance of flavors without losing the scallop. This isn’t quite true with the catfish taco which is covered in their “superslaw” with a vinaigrette and greens added. I love the flavor of catfish and it gets lost among all of these competing flavors. The fried rice paper taco is fun, fun enough that I keep ordering these.
My last visit, I branched out and got the grits. Their special that day was silver carp which they happily spiced up and put on top of the cheesy grits. With a side of greens, this quickly became one of my favorite dishes in Lexington. I didn’t catch the price of this since it was off the menu but the catfish and grits is $13.99 so I would expect this dish was similarly priced.
West Sixth is located in the same building. Indeed they are closely connected and form a wonderful collaboration of good food and good beer that is being copied at other microbreweries in town (looking at you Mirror Twin).
Make an evening of it: find a seat, order a beer, then go next door and order your food. They’ll bring it out to your table, prepared just for you, and delicious.