Illustrator Matt Caserta
Storks Restaurant, Anacortes
What to expect: A restaurant in a bowling alley―with the best fish-and-chips in town.
Check it out: 2821 Commercial Avenue; 360/293-7500
Athenian Seafood Restaurant & Bar, Seattle
What to expect: Nothing fancy here, but the fish-and-chips are superior in a town where the competition is high. Consider one of the Athenian’s tasty Filipino fish stews.
Check it out: 1517 Pike Place Market; 206/624-7166 or athenianinn.com
Chinook’s at Salmon Bay, Seattle
What to expect: The interior design is Warehouse Revival and the atmosphere Early Pandemonium, but this is the place Seattleites take visitors for simple, unpretentious seafood. The vast menu features such fare as fishermen’s cioppino, rockfish slathered with salsa fresca, and alder-planked salmon.
Check it out: 1900 West Nickerson Street; 206/283-4665 or anthonys.com/restaurants/info/chinooks.html
Ivar’s Salmon House, Seattle
What to expect: Among its salmon selections, this landmark extension of the 73-year-old Ivar’s seafood legacy serves only wild Pacific Northwest species―no farmed varieties. The menu includes an array of other fine fish choices.
Check it out: 401 Northeast Northlake Way; 206/632-0767 or ivars.net
Lockspot Cafe, Seattle
What to expect: Nice fish-and-chips and clam chowder in the historic Ballard neighborhood.
Check it out: 3005 Northwest 54th Street; 206/789-4865
Lowell’s Restaurant & Bar, Seattle
What to expect: A fixture for simply prepared regional seafood since 1957 at the famous Pike Place Market.
Check it out: 1519 Pike Place; 206/622-2036 or eatatlowells.com
Spud Fish & Chips, Seattle
What to expect: Known for its ling cod, but the halibut and oysters remain favorites, too. Grab a bowl of creamy seafood chowder and dive into incredible caloric glory.
Check it out: 2666 Alki Avenue Southwest; 206/938-0606
Sunfish Seafood, Seattle
What to expect: Sunfish, a cash-only fish-and-chips stand on Alki Beach, provides a choice of Alaskan halibut, cod, or salmon. Like the rest of the fresh seafood (including prawns and oysters), it comes lightly breaded and not greasy. Also worth a taste: nicely flavored clam chowder.
Check it out: 2800 Alki Avenue Southwest; 206/938-4112
Breakwater Inn Restaurant, Clallam Bay
What to expect: Enjoy the fried Captain’s Platter and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Check it out: 15582 Highway 112; 360/963-2428.
Harbor Lights, Tacoma
What to expect: Famous for halibut-and-chips and buckets of steamed Puget Sound Manila clams.
Check it out: 2761 North Ruston Way; 253/752-8600 or anthonys.com/restaurants/info/harborligh