Nestled in the heart of Milford's vibrant downtown, "The Seas" is known to locals as a neighborhood pub that serves some of the best fish and chips in the area.
Apparently fish isn't their only specialty, seeing as I heard around town they offer a hearty burger.
When we walked in we were immediately greeted and brought to a table with a picnic-style green and white checkered plastic covering.
After we were brought our Coke and Nesquik, I put in an order of cheese fries.
The Seven Seas menu consists of basic American fare -- steaks, basic burgers, salads, fried seafood, and more. There are no milk shakes to go along with burgers here but "The Seas" is stocked with a full bar.
I was curious to see what our cheese fries would be like. At some restaurants, the "cheese" might be a slice of American cheese or Cheese Whiz.
Wow, not these fries!
Picture this: Perfectly golden potato wedges (skin on) topped with loads of melted cheddar and crumbled bacon. Did you ever have cheese fries where most of the cheese didn't even cover half of the fries? These are NOT it.
The bacon was the real stuff, perfectly crisp -- and it went so well with the fries. Did I mention there was a huge dipping cup with mounds of sour cream? I was careful not to eat too much because this seemed to be a meal in itself.
These are top cheese fries in my book. I tried to convince my son that he enjoys everything the fries were topped with, but he insisted on picking off all of the toppings and eating them separately ... that's 6-year-old boys for you!
The decor and lighting at Seven Seas is dim and probably hasn't been updated since they opened their doors in the '60s. However, this suits them just fine.
The bar and restaurant are distinctively divided by wood paneling, so you can't see over to the other side unless you walk around. The bar area features an arcade game and the dining area is small with several tables.
The restaurant as a whole was clean, but I must note that the fan was conspicuously dusty. No one wants to have dust flying in their food.
As far as burgers go, you have a choice of original, bacon or mushroom bacon. I chose bacon -- and my son had the kid's meal.
We already had more than our share of fries, so we substituted veggies with our meals.
My son's cheeseburger was junior-sized with a bun that was cut like a square. The burger was automatically cooked well done and perfectly portioned for him. The broccoli was steamed and in abundance.
My son was ecstatic that his chocolate milk came as a large Nesquik.
My cheeseburger was served on a deluxe bun with onions and tomato. I was impressed with the plating of my cheeseburger meal -- very nicely done and not expected from a small neighborhood restaurant/pub.
I was given a choice of Swiss, American or cheddar -- I chose the latter.
Now this is a burger. This thick hunk of meat was cooked medium rare and generously topped with cheddar. The bacon was two thin but long strips of bacon.
Simply put: this is a good, hearty burger -- the kind of quality you would expect if you made it yourself at home.
A small side of cole slaw and a pickle came with the burger, but I could barely stomach this after the burger and fries. The bite of cole slaw I tasted was crisp and delicious, not creamy style.
Now in their third generation of service, Seven Seas knows the deal on delivering quality customer service.
Our waiter was pleasant, laid back and on top of every detail. With myself and every table, he ensured refills were given on drinks, leftovers boxed, and provided in a timely fashion -- offering a pleasant dining experience without causing anyone to feel rushed.
Seven Seas Report Card:
- Burgers: A
- Fries: A
- Restaurant Cleanliness: B
- Customer Service: A+
- Family Friendly: B
- Value For your $: A+
Kid's meal: $4.25
Bacon cheeseburger meal: $9.95
Two sodas: $4
Cheese fries: $7.95
$27.81 + tip