Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
South Beach Fish Market | Best Oregon Coast Fish and Chips
Review by: Michael Stern
Why Visit South Beach Fish Market?
Customers come to this roadside eat-in-the-rough cafe and seafood market for many reasons. Some bring their own fish to be smoked. Others purchase fish to take home and cook. Roadfood travelers like it for an oceancentric menu of fried fare that ranges from clam strips to halibut. Oregon coast fish and chips gets no better than what they serve at the South Beach Fish Market.
These People Know How to Fry
Tempura batter laced with garlic makes the fried seafood extraordinary. Jumbo wild prawns offer two levels of crunch. First you feel the crackle of the crust that surrounds them, then the dense snap of the meat itself. Whatever fish you like, these folks will fry it just-right: salmon, tuna, oysters, calamari, or snow-white halibut. While the French fries are fine, we highly recommend paying a few dollars more for onion rings, too. Along with perfect o-ring circles, each basket also contains frail squiggles of batter that are merely onion-flavored as well as several hoops of onion with hardly any batter. These fried onions make a grand potato replacement on a plate of Oregon coast fish and chips.
Dungeness crabs come straight from the boat. They cook in great steaming cauldrons by the highway out front. Pile chunks of their cooled meat into a cup with no adornment other than a wedge of lemon (and, if you wish, horseradish-hot sauce) and you have an impeccable Pacific cocktail. Hickory and alder wood smoke infuses salmon, tuna, sturgeon, mussels, oysters, and sable with mouth-watering savor. Chinook salmon, glazed with pepper and brown sugar become salmon candy. Each firm, moist piece of this candy packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.
South Beach is a honky-tonk sort of place. Dishware is paper and plastic. You may have to dispose of not only your own, but also plates left behind by the last people who used the picnic table you claim.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Sunday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|