Story and photos by Katie Meyer
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
The banners along the front windows spread the news: “Fish and Chips – Oysters & To Go Steamers & Crabs.” With the official “grand opening” of their grilled seafood service still two weeks away, Seattle Fish Company has quietly begun serving sit-down seafood while awaiting their license to pour beer and wine, and fine-tuning the offerings from the kitchen.
When we reported on the Junction business’s plan last October, they had hoped to have the added service up and running by January, but as so often happens with such plans, it took a bit longer.
On Saturday, proprietor Jon Daniels spoke with us about the new layout, planned menu offerings, and extended hours.
While the “market” part of the business is currently open 8:30 am to 7 pm, the “grill” is slated to serve cooked items of choice from 11 am to 9 pm.
The front area of the store now has tables and chairs (a couple booths will be placed along the north wall) for sit-down dining; the tables in the window overlooking California Avenue may someday change to a full-length counter.
Menu choices will include scallops, crab cakes and prawn cakes; grilled items such as salmon, halibut and oysters; steamed options like clams, mussels and crab; and from the fryer, a bounty of cod, salmon or halibut and chips – even prawns and chips. Here’s Chef Dave Harris:
Jon looks forward to rotating some daily or weekly specials like ahi or mahi mahi through the grill menu as well – all the choices and prices will be displayed on a large chalkboard menu to be installed before the official launch.
A few non-seafood dishes will round out the menu – pork chops, chicken, veggies, perhaps a pasta dish or two. And there’s art – a second custom mural by Tess Morgan now graces the south wall:
Seattle Fish Company is at 4435 California SW.