A love story with a dash of Southern pride is behind The Fish Trap Long Island, Baldwin’s new seafood restaurant and fish market.
Business and life partners Ayanna Canales and Zayne Matthews of Baldwin had dreamed of opening a restaurant since they were Baldwin High School sweethearts. They teamed up with Cordero Rivera, a Johnson and Wales University culinary arts graduate and caterer, to create a menu that Canales says incorporates generous helpings of her Southern heritage.
“My grandmother is from South Carolina, and she taught me how to make cream of spinach, candied yams and macaroni and cheese, which you always have to make sure is nice and cheesy," Canales says. All three are on The Fish Trap sides menu, at $5.50 each.
Canales, Matthews and Rivera came up with a menu that also includes Cajun, Mexican and Caribbean-inspired dishes. Canales says that according to Southern tradition, “you can get your seafood fried, broiled or steamed.”
Chef Rivera’s Shrimp Po’ Mon is a coconut-fried shrimp sandwich seasoned with pineapple jerk tartar sauce on coco bread ($12). You also can get your shrimp with cheddar grits topped with sautéed spinach and Creole-style sauce ($15).
Dinner items range from Cajun Seafood Alfredo (charbroiled shrimp and blackened salmon served over penne pasta for $18) and the Bang Bang Shrimp Basket with buttermilk-fried popcorn shrimp tossed in mango chili aioli sauce ($15). Round out your meal with salads, soup and an oh-so-Southern peach cobbler dessert.
You also can buy limited fresh seafood to cook at home.
The Fish Trap is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Fish Trap Long Island, 682 Sunrise Hwy., Baldwin, 516-771-0002, thefishtrapli.com.