With the sun out and the temperatures hitting the shorts'n't-shirt range these past few days - it seemed like the perfect time to hit Fisherman's Wharf - and we weren't alone in this decision - the wharf was hopping like it was tourist season. So we headed to one of my favourite places for fish & chips - The Fish Store.
They have you covered here - half fish store, half kitchen - you can get provisions for tonights dinner and something for lunch right away. And you can feel good about the fish & shellfish too - it's all 100% OceanWise certified (environmentally friendly seafood). My heart says "yay!" and my stomach says "bring it on!"
And then onto the food...
We started with the Halibut Malu soup - a lentil and tomato soup with a hint of curry and halibut. The soup is piping hot, nicely seasoned without being overpowered with curry flavour and filled with moist halibut pieces.
Next up was the taco - I chose a halibut one (they also have salmon, cod and albacore tuna). A nice chunk of moist halibut, lightly coated in a mixture of spices for a mild-medium kick sitting on a soft flour tortilla, shredded cabbage and smoked tomato salsa. A quick squeeze of lime and this taco did not last long.
And finally - the classic fish & chips. A large, very thinly battered piece of moist cod (I believe I've used this adjective excessively in this blog-entry - but it totally describes how they prepare the fish here.....they don't dry it out by over cooking it!). OK, back to the f&c's - great fries, coleslaw and tartar too.
Their menu has other tasty items too - salads, fish sandwiches, rice wraps and fresh shucked oysters. And if you want a deal on the oysters - they do buck-a-shuck from 3pm-5pm. There's a good amount of picnic tables on the dock - or take your food up to the newly renovated Fisherman's Wharf Park - complete with large metal adirondack chairs overlooking the wharves. Last tip: lots of free parking around the park - save your coins to feed those harbour seals ($1/fish or 6 for $5 from the same folks serving the fish & chips).
If it's been a bit since you came down to Fisherman's Wharf - it's probably time to check them out again. There's also a sandwich shop, ice cream and great mexican....I'm sensing another post in the future.
The Fish Store
Fisherman's Wharf (12 Erie Street)