Good Eats: Penn Avenue Fish Market

During the summer of seafood at the Cheater Bites household – as Summer 2011 will now be known – I mentioned a couple of times (well, at least here) about how Penn Avenue Fish Company rocks my world.  The reason my love for this place is so intense is two-fold: you can eat a meal there while you shop for your next seafood dinner.  I mean, that’s awesome, right?  I’m all about combining as many food activities into one outing as possible…

Strip menu

prepared foods & side salads

Anyway, all kidding asside, the quality of their product cannot be matched anywhere in Pittsburgh.  Matt and I swear by their sushi – my favorite is the Jumbo Johnny Roll, their Tuna Melt is killer and the Sneaky Pete sandwich is insanely yummy.  Then there is Henry’s famous seafood salad…if you are a tuna salad lover, this will be heaven for you – it’s a sophisticated, flavor packed, smoked white fish salad…yikes I’m drooling.  A couple weeks ago, I ate it for lunch 4 days in a row.  On another note, the sushi making class that they offer is a blast as well.  The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, and it’s just fun to be there.  My mum and I have been known to go up to three times in one week…that’s pretty telling.

Henry (one of the owners) with two of his guys

fresh fish & octopus

fishy face!

While we have been going to the Strip one-stop-shop location for years, their newer Downtown sushi bar and restaurant offers a different atmospehere.  They are open for lunch only on Monday & Tuesday, and lunch & dinner Wednesday thru Friday.  They also offer delivery and catering for downtown businesses.  Let me just tell you, if I worked in town, I would eat here at least once a week.

YUM

best smoked salmon I've ever had

Honestly, I can’t think of any reason you shouldn’t go here the next time you want to buy or eat some seafood.  Even if you don’t want to eat there or buy anything, just go in and check it out, it is surely one of the best establishments in the city.

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