Mitchell’s Fish Market

September 11, 2012 2 Comments by Champagne Girl

Mitchell’s Fish Market has long been on my wish list of restaurants to visit, and I recently had the pleasure of making that wish come true. Located at 204 Westshore Plaza in the heart of the Westshore District, Mitchell’s is a gorgeous establishment with a metropolitan ambiance. From the beautiful brick exterior to the cherry wood interior, your dining experience at Mitchell’s will be one to remember.

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Walking into Mitchell’s is like walking into a cozy home with a nautical theme. The staff was very warm and friendly and I felt like a house guest rather than just a restaurant patron. I met my friends and we chose to sit in a booth in the lounge. As I looked around, I felt like I was on a fancy cruise ship and was really impressed with the decor.

 

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As both a bartender and someone who enjoys creating new cocktail recipes, I was intrigued by their innovative cocktail menu which is prominently displayed in the center of the bar.  Their signature cocktail, the Pinefin, is a luscious blend of fresh golden pineapple-infused Finlandia Vodka and pineapple juice. One sip and your taste buds will revel in delight. Mitchell’s is also known for their seasonal Cosmopolitans and are currently serving Strawberry Cosmos made with fresh fruit.

 

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One thing that really caught my eye was that they use St. Germain in some of their drinks, which is one of my favorite liqueurs.  Their Elderflower & Pear Cocktail, made with Absolut Pears, St. Germain, Domaine Chandon and fresh lemon juice, is definitely a drink I will be trying on my next visit.

 

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As my friends and I chatted, we were presented with our first appetizer, Seared Hawaiian Ahi Tuni.  Not only does this dish have an outstanding presentation, the flavors are nothing short of incredible. Served with sushi rice, ponzu and an apricot ale sauce, this is Mitchell’s #1 selling appetizer.

 

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Next we tried their Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail served with fresh horseradish, cocktail and Louie sauces. Simple and clean, this dish is a classic. I really enjoyed the addition of the fresh horseradish which is something you do not see often. I think I will pair this with a nice martini on my next visit.

 

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I had the opportunity to chat with Corinne L. Berrett, the General Manager of Mitchell’s and learned a lot about their concept. With over 80 seafood choices, their menu is ever-changing and they are always featuring incredible specials. In fact, their menu is printed twice a day due to their commitment to freshness. They also offer a gluten-free menu, a seasonal Prix Fixe menu, and a fish retail menu in which you can purchase fresh fish by the pound, seafood and shellfish platters, soups, steaks and desserts.

 

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“At Mitchell’s Fish Market our fresh seafood obsession is a commitment and passion for absolute freshness as a way of life.  Fish any fresher would still be in the ocean.”

 

 

“At Mitchell’s Fish Markets, we are proud to be MSC “chain of custody” certified. To our guests, this means we rigorously screen our suppliers and require that they are able to document all seafood. Many of our suppliers are then audited by a third-party inspector to ensure that the seafood we purchase from them is actually what they declare it to be. DNA testing is also conducted throughout the year to verify certain species of fish. This is all to provide 100% transparency to our guests and to ensure that we serve only the best and freshest seafood available.”

 

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I took a few minutes to take a stroll through the restaurant and was impressed by their raw bar and fresh fish counters. I smiled as I was reminded of a place back home in San Jose called Race Street Fish and Poultry. As a little girl, I would often go there with my dad while he purchased fresh seafood for dinner. We would often grab a bite to eat and to this day, Race Street Fish and Poultry holds a special place in my heart. Like Race Street, everything at Mitchell’s is beyond fresh and looks so fantastic you will want to take something home. Had I not had somewhere to be that afternoon, I would have purchased some fresh fish for dinner.

 

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As I walked back to our table, our next dish was ready, the Cedar Plank Salmon. Beautiful and delicious, this dish consists of a fresh Atlantic Salmon that is balsamic glazed and oven roasted. Topped with a sun-dried tomato pesto and goat cheese and served with a both a side of sautéed asparagus and grilled zucchini and peppers, this dish is fantastic! I especially like the sun-dried tomato pesto which is incredible paired with the balsamic glaze.

 

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Next we had a Blacked Grouper from Madeira Beach served with étouffèe sauce, red beans and rice, skillet green beans and cane syrup.  Seared in a cast-iron skillet and then baked in the oven, this was my favorite entrée of the day.  The best part about this, aside from it being delicious, Florida-fresh grouper, was…… are you ready for this?  BACON ONION BUTTER. Yes, BACON ONION BUTTER. It is was good I just had to say it twice. One bite of the perfectly seasoned Grouper and I was all smiles.  It was nice and buttery and melted in my mouth.  I have been dreaming about this dish since my visit!

 

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Not only does Mitchell’s excel at fresh seafood, they are rock stars when it comes to homemade desserts. Their signature dessert is not only decadent and delicious, it is a work of art. This gorgeous piece of sweet art is none other than their Sharkfin Pie. Requiring three days of prep, the Sharkfin Pie is a sweet creation of an Oreo crust, butter fudge ice cream, honey roasted peanuts, fudge, peanut butter and whipped cream.  AMAZING! Be sure and share this, it is huge!

 

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Next we tried their home-made classic Key Lime Pie.  Made with fresh Florida key limes, a Macadamia nut crust and key lime coulis, this was one of the best key lime pies I have tasted in my 9 years living in Florida. Simply fantastic.

 

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Lastly we were treated with some Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream. Made in-house, it was creamy and refreshing. Mitchell’s makes a lot of their own ice cream and sorbet and features both seasonal and artisanal flavors.

 

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Mitchell’s can assist you with all your private and semi-private dining needs.  With two private rooms and a wonderful banquet room, your next event is sure to be spectacular at Mitchell’s.  I looked at both of the rooms and they are stunning.

 

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I had an incredible lunch and was ecstatic I was finally able to cross Mitchell’s off my wish list.  As expected, everything was phenomenal and I will be back very soon.  Be sure to follow them on Facebook by clicking here, as they are always featuring pictures of new menu items.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Nichole C
    2 years ago

    I always want to try Mitchell’s but have yet to;I’m thinking I need to after this post!

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  2. Katie
    2 years ago

    I love Mitchell’s! Their spinach, artichoke, and crab dip as an appetizer is always a favorite…and I always end up ordering either mahi/grouper/tilapia Shanghai style – it is SO good!!!!

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