Jim wanted some fish stew for his birthday lunch, so we went off to the Blue Marlin Grille on Eastern Ave in Essex at midday yesterday. And it was hopping for noontime on a Monday, obviously a popular lunchtime choice. So Jim got his fish stew and a pastrami sandwich. I tried a grilled cheese with sliced meatballs. The grilled cheese just sounded so intriguing that I had to give it a try. It comes with a side of marinara, which enhanced the sandwich by quite a bit. All in all, a great experience: neighborhood grill atmosphere with comfort food offerings.