Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
I’ve been by Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill a hundred times, but I’d never seen inside. Every time I passed, there was a line out the door, and the idea of fighting for a table or waiting in an endless line has always thwarted my attempts to try it out. Many friends have recommended the place to me, so I was delighted when, this weekend, I was finally able to beat the crowd.
After entering, cases to the left displayed a bounty of fresh local and imported fish. Yellowtail, Copper River Salmon, Alaskan Halibut, calamari, shrimp, ahi, and so on -- if it’s obtainable, chances are you’ll see it in the case.
Ordering is simple: select a fish, choose from a choice of seasoning, and decide how you want it served. David opted for halibut tacos, while I got the halibut, seasons with a chipotle rub, served on a “plate,” which means it comes with rice and a salad. Market price for my definitely fresh and well-prepared 8 oz. filet on a plate was $20, and worth it. David’s tacos were $5 each.
We also each got a “glass” of viogner, which was, to keep with the low-rent, good-fish-for-a-good-price theme, served in a plastic cup.
By the time we left, the line was out the door again. But now that we’ve seen that display of fish, David’s thinking next time we visit, we’ll order raw fish to go, and he can grill it at home. That way, I won't have to worry about the crowds, and I can eat my delectable, fresh filets using silverware instead of a plastic fork.