Seafood Guide 2019: Fishmongers

Our 5 Go-To Portland Seafood Markets

From tiny, traceability-obsessed counters to our city's Costco of fish, here’s where to source your seafood.

By Kelly Clarke July 24, 2019 Published in the August 2019 issue of Portland Monthly

Flying Fish Company's teeny seafood market and oyster bar inside Providore on NE Sandy

Image: Michael Novak

ABC Seafood

If it swims, slithers, or burrows in the Pacific—eels, rockfish, geoduck, coonstripe shrimp, even fingernail-sized periwinkles—there’s a chance Sharon Chan sells it, alive, inside her bustling edible aquarium. ABC prefers regional seafood: maybe farmed, maybe whatever ABC’s trucks find that week on Oregon docks. Chan also works with farms and distributors from Canada to Louisiana. Your ABC go-to buy? Huge local Dungeness crabs, fattened in ABC’s tanks and a steal at $11.99 a pound. 6509 SE Powell Blvd

Flying Fish Company

This wee market—a favorite with Portland chefs—offers the city’s most fanatically sourced list of West Coast seafood. Owner Lyf Gildersleeve aims for the seasonality of a farmers market. That means you’ll get tribe-caught wild Columbia River salmon when it's running, not pulled out of deep-freeze months later. Here, find the Oregon albacore and Kumamoto oysters you came for; leave also with rarer scores like California smelt. 2340 NE Sandy Blvd

H Mart

Think of the new Belmont outpost of Korean grocer H Mart as our seafood Costco: Canadian salmon at about $5 per pound, even cheaper Alaskan haddock, live crabs and lobsters, wild Chilean sea bass from Korea, and farmed Taiwanese tilapia. Plus, solid pre-cut sashimi standards, giant bags of frozen fish balls, and little plastic tubs of sticky, sugary filefish, salted cod roe, and spicy octopus. Local, sustainable, traceable? Nah. But you can finally try out that whole fried fish recipe without a second mortgage. 3301 SE Belmont St

Portland Fish Market

This tidy, wild-caught-only Woodstock counter hawks Northwest favorites like Oregon black cod and oysters (Tidepoints, Netarts). Much here is sourced direct from fishers in Garibaldi or Ilwaco (a Washington port town just north of Astoria). It’s not cheap, but you’re also investing in quality and traceability. Scan the list of supplier boats on the menu board while sampling the market’s fish and chips (see p. 38). 4404 SE Woodstock Blvd

Wilder Land & Sea/Community Supported Fisheries 

Tiny Wilder mainly supplies restaurants. But the mostly boat-direct operation also stealth-retails at a weekly “warehouse sale.” (Sign up for the email list to preorder goods; pick ’em up on Thursday afternoon.) Wilder also serves as the distribution hub for two community supported fisheries—Alaska’s Iliamna Fish Co (wild sockeye salmon) and Ilwaco-based Tre-Fin Foods (pole- and line-caught albacore)—that pre-sell shares of their seasonal catch. (Note: in August and September, Wilder suspends its market to serve those subscribers.) 831 SE Salmon St

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