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Skates on the Bay  100 Seawall Dr., at foot of University Ave.  Window-side tables take best advantage of the stunning three-bridge view here.  The extensive lunch menu offers a variety of soups, salads, and pastas, and the dinner menu features fresh fish items.  Desserts are traditional and include a hot fudge sundae, a burnt-cream custard, and, in season, a giant strawberry shortcake.  Brunch features a variety of Mimosas and a fun build-your-own Bloody Mary bar containing assorted pickled and fresh vegetables (I am in love with the little red peppadew peppers), an expansive assortment of bottled hot sauces, and very spicy freshly made horseradish.  The menu includes a selection of fresh shellfish, baked fresh Dungeness crab-artichoke dip, fried calamari misto, a yummy open-face crab sandwich with artichokes and melted Cheddar cheese on toasted sourdough bread, a seafood Louie salad with fresh Dungeness crab and poached jumbo tiger prawns, a tasty Benedict Florentine with spinach instead of Canadian bacon, and a tart and creamy Key lime pie. 

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