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May 3, 2008 04:49 PM

Phoenix Seafood

I'm in Phoenix for the next 6 weeks training for work before I head back to New Orleans. I have eaten at McCormick & Schmick's, The Fish Market, Steamer's so far. I work as a chef for a restaurant that specializes in steaks and I would prefer to eat seafood while I'm here. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I'm located near the three restaurants above. Thanks for any help!

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  1. I eat plenty of fish at Richardson's. (It's not on the website menu, just 5-6 items on the blackboard).

    Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico
    1582 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

    1. I think one of the best places for seafood is the Salt Cellar. The quality and taste is fantastic everytime I've been there.

      Salt Cellar Restaurant
      550 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

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      1. re: nyomi

        Wildfish @ Camelback and Scottsdale the Waterfront Complex is terrific for Fresh Seafood. If you hit it during Happy Hour...go for the Oysters @ 50cents a piece! They may have started their all night Happy Hour in the Bar only (Summer Promo) a great deal!

        Wildfish Seafood Grille
        7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. re: ciaogal

          Wow! .50 each for oysters! I would spend hours there!
          I'll definitely check it out...I've seen the website and it looks very promising.

          Thanks to all of you!

        2. re: nyomi

          Salt Cellar is definitely the best seafood I've had around here. Another good seafood place around that area with a large selection is King's Fish House in Tempe Marketplace.

          1. re: aaronling

            Although Kings does have a pretty good selection we thought their prices were a little steep... We ate there shortly after they opened & our dinner for 2 came to a little over $100. That included 2 glasses of wine and an appetizer... I can't even remember what we ate.
            Salt Cellar used to have a great reverse happy hour after 10pm in thier bar, cheaps drinks & apps....don't know if they still do that or not.

            1. re: achicken

              Kings is a bit expensive but Salt Cellar is probably in the same price range, maybe even a bit pricier.

              1. re: aaronling

                True, but for $100 at the Salt Cellar I get a meal I can remember.

              2. re: achicken

                Salt Cellar still has their reverse happy hour :)

              3. re: aaronling

                I think of King's as a better alternative to Red Lobster, frankly. It's only slightly more expensive. Most of the food is much better. I didn't like the fried shrimp. It seemed pounded flat and overcooked. The sourdough is pretty good, for a chain-ish place. I wanted to order swordfish, when I was there, but, none of the preparations appealed to me.

                Salt Cellar is a significant step up, but, still fairly casual. I like the fact that sides are included. It may seem more expensive than comparable options, but, I don't think it is, for what you get.

                As long as we're straying from the op's location specification, I'd add that I had an excellent piece of fish at Pischke's. And, I've never gone wrong with the fish dishes at Tottie's (aka Shanghai Palace), except the fried shrimp app.

                Pischke's Blue Ribbon
                7217 E 1st St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                Shanghai Palace
                7901 E Thomas Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                King's Fish House
                35 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

            2. Being a transplant from NOLA, I understand your efforts. However, Phoenix is not a seafood meca. Yes, the food is great, but most seafood is part of a larger menu. I am racking my brain to come up with some worthwhile recs. and just cannot do it.

              Have not dined at the Salt Cellar, but have heard nothing but good about it. For some reason, I cannot secure a reservation there, and have tried, even off-season. Maybe that is a good thing?

              I'd opt for the "regional cuisine," instead, taking seafood, where it might be served, but not as a focus.

              There was a post, about Superbowl time here, that covered many of the bases for food. I'd do a search (this board) for it, and plan from it, based on the cuisine and proximity to where you will be staying.

              Trying to compare the seafood preps here to say, Brigtsen's, Galetoire's, GW Fins or Stella! leaves me blank. Just cannot be done. Even my wife can only come up with The Fish Market (SD-based mini-chain) for seafood here. There is good seafood here (usually imported from West Coast), but nothing that features it.

              We have also had poor showings at Eddie V's & Ocean Club (is that the correct name - Kierland?), and they "specialize" in seafood. The dishes that Chef Frank Brigtsen throws out are better...

              Sorry to bring the bad news. Go with SW cuisine, or a chef's take on SW, instead: Vincent's on Camelback, Richardson's, Tarbell's (not really that much SW, but good, down-home fare), Deseo (more Spanish, but really innovative), T. Cook's (Mediterranean), or Lon's (interesting take on SW).

              If you do hit a great one, please let me know.


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              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Being a fan of Adolfo Garcia's cuisine for years, looks like Deseo is on the quick list. Menu looks great and I could spend an entire meal on Rodriguez' various ceviches alone.
                T. Cook's has a nice "Fireplace" selection and the striped bass I saw on the online menu could be a winner.

                Thanks for your help and I will report back...

              2. If you don't mind driving a bit, head over to Scottsdale and try Sea Saw.


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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  See Saw and all of the related projects looks to be very promising as well.

                2. One thing that Phoenix has that you can't find in New Orleans is outstanding Hong Kong style seafood restaurants. Now Hong Kong style seafood restaurants serve more than just seafood, and in fact cover every category from fowl to meat to vegetables to soup to noodles. But Chinese diners love their seafood, particularly live seafood, and these restaurants prepare their seafood items very well. Unfortunately, the center of this category of cuisine is in the suburb of Chandler, roughly 25 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. But since you will be in Phoenix for a while, I think it might be worth it for you to take a field trip out there. My personal choice would be Tao Garden, 2050 N. Alma School Road in Chandler, a nondescript looking restaurant in a nondescript shopping mall. But the food there is really great.

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                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    I'm certainly not opposed to a small road trip and I value the opinions expressed here on the Chow. Thank you so much for your suggestion and I've added Tao Garden to my growing list!

                    I really appreciate the interest this community shares. Thank you again.

                    1. re: crimsonfancy

                      Though it is off the radar screen of many, Phoenix CH folk take their food very seriously. Fortunately, we have some great chefs here. So far, it has just been my experience that the seafood is not as good as what it could be, even though AZ is landlocked. There is great seafood preps, though not at "seafood" restaurants. I have had sushi that is at the top of the world's (SeaSaw) and other dishes at many, but none of these is really a seafood restaurant.

                      I think that I know what you are looking for, but would urge you to go for the chefs, and not the food-type (or style). Great dining is to be had in the Phoenix-Metro Area, but pure seafood might not be the highlight.


                    2. re: Chandavkl

                      I was wanting to say that despite our location being far from any sea, let alone great seafood waters, we do have an abundance of Asian places. Some of the Chinese and Sushi places in town seem to have good, renewing sources of fresh fare.

                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        Now that's a terrific suggestion! Hong Kong seafood really is something else worth experiencing...