I am always looking for good oysters and found them here last year so we decided to try it again. We were having a very late lunch so ended up there for the early bird specials. I had the oysters and my husband had the sole. We both had the clam chowder which was OK.
When the entrees were brought the waitress said to my husband, here is your flounder. He said, I ordered the sole and she said they were both the same thing. Being from fishing families in New England, we know that sole and flounder are two entirely different species, which anyone can find out by looking on the internet. Sole tends to be finer and is more expensive. This disagreement was carried on for some time by staff with a suggestion that we talk with the chef (not sure what that was supposed to accomplish) and various staff stopping by to tell us that sole and flounder are really the same thing.
Now my oysters were good as were my husband’s fish, whatever it was. And it maybe in Florida sole, flounder and “flatfish” are sold interchangeably. However, it does not help the reputation of New England fisheries when a restaurant that bills itself as an “authentic New England restaurant” sells something as sole, serves it as flounder and refuses to admit its mistake.