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Friday, May 2, 2008

Re: Pike Street Fish Fry

posted by on May 2 at 15:06 PM

Just wanted to chime in re: Paul’s assessment of Pike Street Fish Fry. It is awesome.

It’s the perfect combination of good food (fish fresh daily from Mutual Fish Company; housemade sauces such as tartar, preserved lemon aioli, chili mayo, salsa verde, curry ketchup) and the kind of greasy food you crave when you’re drunk. Which I happened to be the last two nights when I stopped in for dinner. (Thank god the Jack in the Box on Broadway has closed and cannot stand in the way of me and the Fish Fry.)

Wednesday night was fried asparagus (get it!), fried halibut, grilled spearfish, and Spanish fries (alas, too sweet for my taste). Last night it was a fried oyster sandwich with the preserved lemon aioli and housemade slaw, which is delicious, super tart, and made with red cabbage. But my favorite thing is the slices of lemon they fry up and serve alongside the fish—unexpected, amazing.

Pike Street Fish Fry isn’t exactly cheap (last night’s sandwich set me back $8.81), but for the quality of the food, it’s reasonable. If any of you find yourself inebriated and anywhere near the corner of Pike & 10th this weekend, do yourself a favor and stop by.

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1

Okay, I may be better off than most my age, but how is $8.81 in any way expensive for a sandwich? Especially a fried oyster sandwich?

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 2, 2008 3:27 PM
2

Yeah, seriously. From what I heard I was expecting somewhere in the range of $15- $8.81 for oysters (or octopus! there was octopus on that menu!) is not bad at all.

Posted by Abby | May 2, 2008 3:35 PM
3

Goddamn am I jealous. A good chip shop is something San Francisco seriously lacks. $8.81 doesn't sound unreasonable at all, considering what decent seafood costs at market these days.

Posted by Dougsf | May 2, 2008 3:37 PM
4

I paid that much for a truly terrible order of fish and chips at whatever place it is up the waterfront a ways from Ivar's. Never again.

Posted by Greg | May 2, 2008 3:43 PM
5

Fish Fry is nothing special.



Frites: return ASAP



First and foremost, it's expensive.
The cheapest order of fish is $5.50? Fries are $4...I'd rather walk to Dicks or wait until my favorite hot dog vendors set-up tent.



Michael Hebberoy was quoted in Seattle Weekly as saying, "What Im hoping," says Hebberoy, "is that when people walk in, your average foodie will notice that were canning and preserving vegetables and have whole fish on ice, while a drunk kid at 2 a.m. is stoked he can get fries and fish balls, or a grilled piece of steak."



What freakin drunk kid wants a steak? Let alone cod.



The sterility of Fish Fry is alarming. Perhaps my inner-Value Village self is emerging, but this joint is further evidence of the gradual Belltown infiltration of Capitol Hill, a la Quinn.



It came to no surprise to see a few drunk button-ups from Quinn stumble over and order some fish.



Get off my stoop.

Posted by captothehill | May 2, 2008 3:53 PM
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Except that, for $8.81 you get ONLY the sandwich - if you want fries with that it's going to set you back another $4 - $5. Add in tax on those and you're pretty close to that $15 mark; not exactly the sort of cheap-but-filling fare one usually craves after a long night of drinking.

And really, the oysters I had were pretty good, but not like OMFG!-THIS-IS-THE-BEST-FISH-I-EVER-ATE! good.

Oh, and keep in mind, the old KFC on 10th & E Pine is going to magically turn into a JiTB pretty soon.

Posted by COMTE | May 2, 2008 3:55 PM
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"Okay, I may be better off than most my age, but how is $8.81 in any way expensive for a sandwich? Especially a fried oyster sandwich?"

Plus...who the fuck wants to eat fish when they're drunk in the middle of the night (which is ultimately the only purpose any business in this small hole-in-the-wall location should serve)? I'll give this place six months before it closes shop.

Long live Frites!

Posted by Seattle Crime Blogger | May 2, 2008 3:55 PM
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I want to eat fish in the middle of the night when I'm drunk! And fries! I worked at Spud (not Greenlake, that one ALWAYS sucked) in high school (late 80's, early 90's) and STILL miss it. Yeah yeah, it could be better, but rarely ever is.

This doesn't sound like the chip shop I was hoping for after all... the word "foodie" sends shivers down my spine, not in a good way. Why do restaurateur's only seem to come in two variety: Muramoto wannabes, and don't-give-shit-Food-Services-of-America-delivered opportunists?

Just want some good, unpretentious food here people! Maybe living on the coast, it's asking too much.

Is that Chip Shop on the east side of the Pike Place Market still there? There one that was just bar seating?

Posted by Dougsf | May 2, 2008 4:08 PM
9

Fishy Fry sounds great, thanks for the tip. I am going to try it this weekend.

The rest of you idiots scram!

Posted by Jeff | May 2, 2008 4:13 PM
10

the haves and the have nots, square off...

over greasy fish sandwiches.

Posted by michael strangeways | May 2, 2008 4:17 PM
11

Pretty much the first thing I ate after I came off the tit was a Fisherman's Platter. I'll eat fried seafood at any time of day. I'd pour milk on it and eat it like cereal. More power to ya if you want to run along and get yourself a Jumbo Jack. Go for it.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 2, 2008 4:34 PM
12

For $8.81, I would fry Mr. Poe's oyster.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | May 2, 2008 5:32 PM
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Angela -- WTF does housemade mean??? Why do you feel the need to replace a perfectly functional term "homemade" with a term that is no better? Did a house make the tartar sauce -- No! Was it made in a house -- No! So it is no improvement on the word homemade. Does it make you feel trendy or avant garde to use a word like this? I think you are a foodie lemming. If you will start with a new word try to make it an improvement on a widely used and understood term.

Posted by Leepyne | May 2, 2008 9:12 PM
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Angela -- WTF does housemade mean??? Why do you feel the need to replace a perfectly functional term "homemade" with a term that is no better? Did a house make the tartar sauce -- No! Was it made in a house -- No! So it is no improvement on the word homemade. Does it make you feel trendy or avant garde to use a word like this? I think you are a foodie lemming. If you will start with a new word try to make it an improvement on a widely used and understood term.

Posted by Leepyne | May 2, 2008 9:13 PM
15

Angela, didn't you move or something?

Posted by Sam | May 2, 2008 9:53 PM
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I'd pour milk on it and eat it like cereal.
Why aren't people clamoring for YOU to attend Slog Thursdays? Fuck, that's genius.
"Housemade" just means "in house", right? You can't say "homemade" because no one lives there.
For me, it all comes down to battered (will travel miles) versus breaded (no thanks, even if I'm already there).
Posted by Fnarf | May 3, 2008 1:36 AM
17

8 bux is hella expensive if you're used to banh mi

Posted by ndrwmtsn | May 3, 2008 3:45 PM
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@5 who the fuck wants to eat fish when they're drunk?

well, from my travels, i'd have to say ireland, scotland, england, china, vietnam, thailand, the netherlands, japan...do i need to go on? because i can.

Posted by dawn | May 3, 2008 6:30 PM
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Jarts on Thursdays.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 3, 2008 10:24 PM
20

@8:

Jack's Fish Spot, yeah still there, still servin' up bitchin' cioppino along with great fish-n'-fries (although personally, I prefer Emmett Watson's just a couple blocks down for the fried fishy goodness) -

- and not at no $15 a pop, either.

Posted by COMTE | May 3, 2008 11:13 PM
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FYI..."Housemade" is the term that the Pike Street Fish Fry uses. Angela did not make it up.

Posted by Gay Seattle | May 4, 2008 8:44 PM
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@20 - thanks Comte. Next time I'm there, I'm there!

Posted by Dougsf | May 5, 2008 5:59 PM

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