P.G., I feel your pain. Although I live in Washington, DC and have ready access to fresh seafood of all kinds, I often have to travel for my job, and I've discovered, the hard way, that ordering seafood at a restaurant that is not in the vicinity of an ocean is often an exercise in wishful thinking. I note that you're down on seafood at chain restaurants, and for the most part, I agree with you. Even if your local Dead (er, I mean Red) Lobster or Long John Silver were to have access to fresh, quality seafood, you would still be at the tender mercies of your preparer, who might not be any more knowledgeable about cooking than my teenaged son.
There are, however, a couple of chains that specialize in fresh seafood at which I have dined very well on a number of occasions. The bad news is that they are expensive, and you're going to have to drive to Chicago or its suburbs to go to them. They are McCormick & Schmick ( http://www.mccormickandschmicks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.display&pageID=1
) and Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen ( http://www.pappadeaux.com/
). Both of these sites have restaurant locator functions that can guide you to the outlets that are closest to you. The views of myself and other posters about these places can be found in the following threads -