South Beach Fish Market

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At this roadside eat-in-the-rough cafe and seafood market you can buy whole tunas, bring your own fish to be smoked, or order from an oceancentric menu of fried fare that ranges from clam strips to halibut and chips. It’s a honky-tonk sort of place, rough around the edges, but the ultra-casual restaurant on premises serves magnificent seafood. Dungeness crabs come straight from the boat and are cooked in cauldrons by the highway out front; chunks of their cooled meat are piled into a cup with no adornment other than a wedge of lemon (and, if you wish, horseradish-hot sauce) to become an impeccable Pacific cocktail. Continue reading

At this roadside eat-in-the-rough cafe and seafood market you can buy whole tunas, bring your own fish to be smoked, or order from an oceancentric menu of fried fare that ranges from clam strips to halibut and chips. It’s a honky-tonk sort of place, rough around the edges, but the ultra-casual restaurant on premises serves magnificent seafood. Dungeness crabs come straight from the boat and are cooked in cauldrons by the highway out front; chunks of their cooled meat are piled into a cup with no adornment other than a wedge of lemon (and, if you wish, horseradish-hot sauce) to become an impeccable Pacific cocktail. Salmon, tuna, sturgeon, mussels, oysters, and sable are marinated and smoked using hickory and alder wood. Wild Chinook king salmon is made into “candy” by glazing nuggets of smoked pink meat with pepper and brown sugar. Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.

Fried seafood, veiled in tempura batter laced with garlic, has few equals anywhere. Jumbo wild prawns offer two levels of crunch: first, the crackle of the crust that surrounds them, then the dense snap of the meat itself. Salmon, tuna, oysters, and calamari all are available as fish & chips, as is 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 and several hoops of onion with hardly any batter: It’s all good. Dishware at South Beach is paper and plastic; and you may have to dispose of not only your own, but also of that left behind by the last people who used the picnic table you claim for yourself.

Dishes to try
South Beach Fish Market, Fish and chips
Fish and chips
Must-Try
The chips are nothing special, but the fish is so fresh-tasting, and has a nice garlic hit from the batter.
South Beach Fish Market, Halibut & Chips
Halibut & Chips
Must-Try
Halibut is a gentle-flavored sort of fish, but it blossoms in South Beach's crisp-fried coat. The meat's moistness is enhanced by that golden crunch.
South Beach Fish Market, Captain's Platter
Captain's Platter
Must-Try
The Captain's Platter is 2 oysters, 2 hunks of halibut, 2 scallops and 2 prawns.
South Beach Fish Market, Crab Cocktail
Crab Cocktail
Must-Try
Dungeness crab needs no adornment whatsoever. This cocktail is a fine way to precede a fish-and-chips meal.
South Beach Fish Market, Chowder
Chowder
Must-Try
South Beach chowder is a good Pacific Northwest brew: thick and porky, mild-tempered, and well suited for a chilly day along the shore.
South Beach Fish Market, Salmon Candy
Salmon Candy
Must-Try
Inspired by native-American recipes of the Pacific Northwest, South Beach Seafood makes wild Chinook king salmon into 'salmon candy' by glazing nuggets of smoked pink meat with pepper and brown sugar. Each firm, moist piece packs a provocative sweet and savory punch.
South Beach Fish Market, Wild Prawns
Wild Prawns
Must-Try
South Beach fried seafood, veiled in tempura batter laced with garlic, has few equals anywhere. Jumbo wild prawns offer two levels of crunch: first, the crackle of the crust that surrounds them, then the dense snap of the meat itself.
South Beach Fish Market, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Must-Try
While South Beach 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 and several hoops of onion with hardly any batter: It's all good.
South Beach Fish Market, Tuna Salad Sandwich
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Must-Try
The crab and fried seafood are so good that it is easy to neglect more common-seeming items on the South Beach menu. The tuna salad sandwich is far more delicious than any ordinary lunch-counter tuna. The fish itself is top-quality albacore, mixed just enough to blend with mayo, et. al., but still chunky enough to deliver the meaty pleasure of tuna.
South Beach Fish Market, Dungeness Crab Burger
Dungeness Crab Burger
There's 1/4 pound of crab in this baby!
South Beach Fish Market, Smoked Fish
Smoked Fish
Smoked fish.
South Beach Fish Market, Salmon Burger
Salmon Burger
South Beach boasts that its salmon burger, like the shrimp burger and crab burger, is made on premises. Maybe, but the salmon and chips is so much more salmony and rich, I would always pass on the burger to get the whole pieces of fish.
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 3 hr 14 min total driving
12 stops | 4 hr 9 min total driving
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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