When Brother Charlie suggested seafood in downtown Los Angeles I didn't know what to think, being an optimist I kept an open mind but really in the back of my head I was thinking, 'seafood in downtown Los Angeles?! Uh... really?'
Located not too far from skid row and the police department with free parking was a place called Fisherman's Outlet. The men taking orders wore blue work shirts with name tags mended into their shirts and their heads adorned with hair nets.
Outside seating was abundant.
Connected to the Fisherman's Outlet restaurant was a fishmongers' section with fresh seafood to buy.
Brother Charlie ordered the Char-broiled Wild Alaskan Halibut which was suggested by one of the guys working the front taking orders. Char-broiled on the outside and yet moist on the inside the fish was fresh and tasty, the dish was accompanied with rice pilaf and a mango salsa, the best part however was the butter garlic sauce. A piece of the Wild Alaskan Halibut dipped in the butter garlic sauce was... pure joy, this is truly the only way to describe it.
I get greedy, this is the only way to explain my ordering samplers, any samplers from anywhere. Sometimes I want to taste everything, and so... I get the sampler, as I did this day. The sampler included breaded and fried shrimp, Maryland Crabcake and fried catfish. The dish was accompanied by a pile of french fries and cole-slaw. I've had many breaded fried shrimps in my life as well as fried fish, but none that could out-do the freshness of the seafood here at Fisherman's Outlet. Most fried shrimp and fried fish end up tasting simply fried, at Fisherman's Outlet it tastes of shrimp and catfish! It was amazing and took me by complete surprise, the crab in the Maryland Crabcake tasted of Crab! Unbelievable! This is honestly the best experience I've had with breaded fried shrimp, catfish and Maryland Crabcakes, it just goes to show the seafood here is indeed fresh and oddly enough we found it in the middle of downtown Los Angeles.
Brother Charlie and I shared a small bowl of New England Clam Chowder which was delicious. Note: If you are ordering the clam chowder as a side to another dish, do get the small as it is still a lot of chowder, unless your a complete chowder head, in which case by all means go to town and get the large.
I did enjoy the sampler very much but if I had to make a suggestion to newcomers I would suggest the Char-broiled Wild Alaskan Halibut with the garlic butter which was absolutely lovely! Plus, it's healthier for you.
|Brother Charlie trying to look cool|
|Brother Charlie trying to look EXTRA cool|
The Damage: $33.00 +/-
1 Sampler: Fried Catfish, fried shrimp, crab cake
1 Sm New England clam chowder
1 Char broiled Wild Alaskan Halibut
529 So. Central Ave.
LA CA 90013