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Help me find best "rustic" seafood joint

The family is coming from Maryland to visit me in Bellingham. They want the best, freshest, least fancy seafood between SeaTac and Vancouver. Sounds like a job for Super Chows!
We have Taylor United on our radar for oysters on the half shell out on the picnic table. Is there a place at Pike Market? It has been ages since I cruised it. No Tom Douglas. Probably not even Chinooks. Think Chesapeake Bay crab shacks,

thanks for helping me show WA at its best, and tastiest!

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  1. That's quite the target zone, SeaTac to Vancouver (where I am). But I s'ppose you're more or less in-between.

    I can only think of Sweet D's Shrimp Shack on Route 20 between Anacortes & Deception Pass, not sure if that's the rustic you're thinking:


    And there's Ivar's Salmon House under the I-5 bridge between Fremont and UW. Sorry, I'm just taking stabs in the dark here.

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    1. re: LotusRapper

      How is Chinook at the Fisherman's terminal. I seem to remember some good stuff in the distant past?. Anyone been there recently?

      1. re: forkit

        Hi, forkit:

        Chinook's is doing quite well. I live in the neighborhood, so am there regularly for HH. Good seasonal specials, HH menu and cannery bread (focaccia). Still kinda has the fisherman vibe, even though the fleet continues to wither away. Neither rustic nor fancy, but more like a boisterous trade place (now without much trade). More places should have counter seating like Chinook's.


    2. Lowell's in the Market?

      1. The best equivalent of those Maryland crab shacks would be out toward the Long Beach peninsula in places like Oysterville. Head to the source....

        1. "Shacks" aren't something you'd find in the city but it you come into Seattle and just want good inexpensive seafood in a very casual atmosphere I'd go to Market Grill in the Pike Place Market for grilled salmon sandwiches. The downside of this plan is that if you are talking about summer, the Market is ridiculously packed with cruise ship tourists, and you'll have a hard time getting near the place.

          I think Xihn's in Shelton would be good (it's not a shack, though)--very different than east coast seafood preparations, I'd think--but it's further than you want.

          Actually you might want to get rid of the idea of an East Coast shack--ithey aren't really found out here, not in great numbers at least.

          1. I don't love them as much as some other do, but Jack's Fish Spot in the market seems like the call here.

            (or maybe even Ivar's for some Seattle nostalgia thrown in. Frank Bruni ragged on them while he was here, but I still think of them as iconically Seattle and not a bad call if you like that old school breaded style of seafood. Spud's would also be a call if you were alright with just F&Cs)

            1. Pike Street Fish Fry. The fish is fried...but it is totally great and everything is served in newsprint. The fish and chips is great, but you might want to try the sandwiches (all served on Macrina rolls). This is a favorite of mine for out-of-towners.

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              1. re: seatowner

                Oh, and Pike Street Fish Fry is next to Neumo's on Capitol Hill. It is a great location: close to Elliott Bay Bookstore, Molly Moon's Ice Cream, Cupcake Royale, and the great people watching mecca of Cal Anderson Park.

              2. Again, I think the closest thing will be find in little towns out toward the coast, and the Long Beach Peninsula would make a fun overnight excursion. The Pike Place Market does not strike me as even close to a rustic "shack-like" experience.

                If I had to pick a spot in Seattle, it would be at and around Fishermen's Terminal in Ballard, not in the crowded downtown Market.

                1. Hi, arenosa:

                  Here's another idea: Chuckanut Manor in Bow. Not especially shack-ey, but a great local unfancy seafood buffet on Fridays. Atmo is more like rundown small country club meets funky 1930s roadhouse. Menu here: http://www.chuckanutmanor.com/prime-r.... The drive along Chuckanut is bound to please Marylanders.

                  And if you're in B'ham, you probably already know about the Shrimp Shack, right? Their whiskey crab soup is great--among the fried delights.


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                  1. re: kaleokahu

                    After Shrimp Shack, walk on down to Rocket Donuts for some bacon maple bars :-)


                    1. re: LotusRapper

                      What, they don't do deep-fried bacon ice cream puffs?

                  2. Emmett Watson's is a no frills seafood joint where you can get some fried seafood and no fuss oysters at Pike Place.