Oscar’s Pier 83 Seafood Diner Glendale, AZJanuary 23, 2009 at 11:27 am | Posted in Restaurant Review | Leave a comment
Fish ‘n’ chips. Po’ Boy sandwiches. Big, giant scallops. Crispy fried shrimp. Broiled Mahi-Mahi tacos.
Really, what else do you want? Oh, a beer to wash it down with. Check. This place gets it right. Really, really right.
The owner has been manning the counter every time I have been there, and he is always helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The staff, from what I can tell are all long-termers, too. This is not your average strip-mall restaurant tucked behind a chain drugstore. This is a place that cares about quality first and service is ranked just as high.
Sure, you can get a fish sandwich at the place with the arches, or the one with the king – but who wants pieces of random fish smashed together by a factory machine when you can get your hands on a nice solid fillet of alaskan cod battered and fried perfectly, after you order it rather than an hour before?
Yes, it’s gonna cost you more than the factory fish. But when you ask where its from the staff will tell you a real geographical location other than the walk-in freezer. If you are amazed at the size of your scallops, you may be informed they are U-10s. That’s restaurant speak for “under 10 scallops per pound.” To me, those two facts alone are worth the trip here.
The food is hot. It’s fresh. They have daily meal deals including an all-you-can-eat fish-fry on Sundays. Oh, and just in case someone in your group doesn’t like fish – they offer a couple of land standards – chicken and burgers. Plus, they have beer, including a nice micro brew from Alaskan Brewing Company to pair nicely with your alaskan cod.
I expect Guy Fieri of Food Network fame to check this place out soon, since I am definitely going to fire off an email to him as I’m sure others already have. In the meantime, go “sea” for yourself what all the buzz is about.
18589 N. 59th Ave.
Glendale, AZ. 85308