One of the greatest things about living in California is not only the great weather most of the year, but the ability to enjoy fresh seafood year-round. This holds true for more of the coastal cities, most of which I have the pleasure of living near. With so many places to enjoy seafood, the best places to go were restaurants near the water, because they had direct connections to the fishing boats that went out and often you would fresh fish being brought in. This held true mostly when I sent to Sant Pedro to enjoy a seafood meal with my family as a boy, and it still holds true as a married man. Unbeknownst to me, my wife had grown up going to San Pedro with her family almost monthly to enjoy the same restaurants that I did.
One of the most popular restaurants to go to was the San Pedro Fish Market, where the fresh fish I mentioned above was plentiful and the quality of care to each meal was top notch. There were no cutting corners when it came to providing the types of meals that you wanted when you traveled down to San Pedro. Of course the shopping was enjoyable as well, but it was the food that was the main attraction. Recently the whole area has gone through a renovation and sadly many of the restaurants and shops have closed down, but not the San Pedro Fish Market. They are still open and operating, but they have branched out to the city to bring that same quality of food to those who can’t always make it to San Pedro for lunch or dinner.
Located at 1313 West Sepulveda Blvd in Harbor City, the San Pedro Fish Market Grille offers some of the tastiest food in Los Angeles. They have brought some of the classics from the San Pedro Fish Market to the city including their Whole Fish Tray and Captains Tray. We were lucky enough to be invited to enjoy some of what was offered and I’m not lying when I tell you this place was packed with people.
The first thing they brought out was some delicious fried shrimp and calamari. The seasoning was perfect and nothing was burnt over cooked. The calamari and shrimp were nicely battered, but not enough to over power what you were eating. Underneath the batter lay a juice filled piece of seafood that you wanted to chew forever, because it tasted so good and swallowing would only rob you of it.
I also want to point out the staple of any seafood tray, the potatoes and green peppers. Seasoned lightly enough that you could eat them on their own or you could combine it with a piece of seafood to make the experience that much more enjoyable
Additionally they brought about some non fried shrimp if you’re not in the mood for anything battered, but even that was delicious and dipping sauce worked as a nice palette cleanser in between the different types of food to be enjoyed.
I’m pretty sure that you’re looking at all this amazing food and wondering where the drinks are at, and for you I got you covered. Not only does the San Pedro Fish Market Grille offer the usual fountain drinks, bottled water and juice for those who do not want alcohol, but for those who do want to drink they offer both beer and wine. Until this night, I had never had a Michelada and I have to say that it was very tasty. As this was my first one, I can’t compare it but I can say that it was good enough for me and my wife to order a few.
I have thought I had enjoyed all that I could from the San Pedro Fish Market Grille, but I was wrong. I saw the Lobster Grilled Cheese and I knew I had to try it. It by far was the best choice to have it as the last thing I enjoyed before I left. The cheese was hot and gooey because each sandwich is made fresh, and for some magical reason even though there’s a good amount of cheese you can still taste the lobster.
My experience at this place guaranteed me to come to back. The music was all 90’s rock, and on the TV’s around the place you can see their very own YouTube show King of Fi$h which evolves around the fish market. I learned that no only are they expanding their San Pedro location, but they have bought out the closed down Joe’s Crab Shack in Long Beach and they will turn that into a restaurant. If you get a chance I highly suggest stopping by for a meal and give yourself sometime, because you’ll want to hang out and enjoy yourself.