WHY WE WENT:
As with last week's visit to Andy's Diner, Hurricane Sandy had Phoenix-quality eateries on our minds. Banko's is yet another comeback story, having been completely rebuilt – back by popular demand – after Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.
STYLE OF FOOD: Lots of seafood, plus pub fare and even a steak or two.
DRESS & D√?COR: Dress is casual. D√©cor is faux-seaside and charming, with lots of wood and buoys and other nautical touches. Bar is huge, with dining tables, and attached dining room is equally spacious.
SERVICE: Quick and efficient
New England Clam Chowder. We asked for a cup, were served a giant crock, and lapped up every last delicious drop. Clams were not only prevalent but huge, and the creaminess was off the charts.
OTHER MENU HIGHLIGHTS: The seafood list is long and interesting, covering all the bases, from clams and scallops to catfish and barramundi. Barramundi? Yep, not the fearsome barracuda, though the humorous menu does make reference to it in its description. Barramundi is often referred to as the Asian sea bass and is popular in Thai cuisine. Here, it's not breaded or fried (as many offerings are) but broiled, well-seasoned and served in a lovely butter bath. Portion sizes are huge, and this was no exception, with the two large fillets easily enough for two meals. A side of steamed vegetables actually had some taste, and the hand-cut fries that came with were delish, albeit served lukewarm.
Dollar lobster nights are popular on Thursdays, so we missed out, but we did come on clam night (Monday), when a dozen go for $5.
Landlubbers should have no complaints about the absolutely huge ribeye steak, which sizzled and sang. Said a guest: This is better, hands-down, than … and we'll leave out the name of the exclusive establishment near these parts he named, just in case he caught them on a bad night.
Nothing notable in the non-adult category, but lots of draft and bottle choices to speak of.
THE LOCATION: 39 Allen St., Nanticoke