The Fish Peddler
Situated on Tacoma’s Thea Foss waterway, The Fish Peddler serves seafood fare with a Northwest twist. The establishment has an outdoor patio while the indoors is decorated with a cozy nautical theme. The dining area’s wood plank walls and porthole windows add to the maritime effect. In addition to being a restaurant, there’s also a retail fresh fish and seafood market.
I dined on their seafood pasta. It is packed with salmon, scallops, and prawns, tossed in a delectable white sauce and served over fettuccine. The pasta is a generous portion and is served with grilled garlic bread.
We also ordered the Northwest seafood stew. It comes loaded with Dungeness crab, red crab, salmon, mussels, clams, calamari, and bay shrimp in a flavorful tomato broth. It is served in a huge bowl, with grilled garlic bread too — perfect for sopping up the remaining broth.
Other items on the menu include a choice of grilled salmon, steelhead or walleye, served with seasonal vegetables and mashed potatoes and fish and chips. There’s also bacon-wrapped meatloaf, flat iron steak, and chicken to choose from.
For those with dietary restrictions, the eatery can make accommodations for vegans, vegetarians and gluten-free diners upon request. The peddler salad and the tempura fried green beans are great choices.
The bar menu is unique and perfect no matter the season. In the winter try the warm cocktails such as the hot buttered rum or the Irish coffee. You can also try the apple pie cocktail.
Be sure to save some room because the sweet treats at The Fish Peddler include decadent chocolate lava cake, bread pudding or a root beer float, all of which are amazing.
The eatery is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. There is a dock on the waterway, on the back side of the eatery, with two spaces available on a first come, first served basis. Docking is free for restaurant patrons.
The Fish Peddler
1199 Dock Street
Review and photos by Amanda Bretz