Get Hooked at City Fish Market
By Kenny Spahn
When it comes to fresh seafood, City Fish Market reigns supreme. This stunning, split-level emporium features the freshest fish available – so fresh, in fact, the menu changes twice daily. All seafood is held in CFM’s proprietary storage system, and never even sees a freezer. Daily catches are also available at the front retail counter (i.e., the “Market”) for take-home preparation. Selections vary daily, including just-hooked locals (yellowtail snapper, Key West hogfish, pompano, mahi, cobia), plus many out-of-town visitors (Scottish salmon, Maine lobster, Chilean sea bass, Nantucket scallops, etc.).
The capacious, 15,000 square-foot eatery is Boca’s largest restaurant, taking over the scenic Glades Road locale, formerly home of the landmark Pete’s restaurant. But those who remember the old Pete’s will barely recognize its completely renovated successor – except, perhaps the 1,100-pound, 14-foot marlin (caught by Pete himself!), which still flies proudly over the fireplace. Designer Bill Johnson’s crisp, airy interior takes a decided nautical theme, seamlessly fusing San Fran, Cape Cod, and Key West, heightened with polished accents, bushed stainless, and gleaming “porthole” mirrors. Wooden walls showcase assorted fishing memorabilia, including the famous 14-foot marlin (the only remnant of the former Pete’s restaurant) flying proudly over the fireplace. White coffered ceilings and ample windows provide an open, airy feeling. Seating options include the main dining room, Key West-inspired gazebo, waterfront dining on the covered sun porch (complete with live swans!), private dining rooms, and the “upstairs” convivial bar area. Speaking of the bar, check out the specialty cocktails, like the refreshing ‘Boca,’ magical Ginger Julep, and Infused Martinis.
Start with a sampling from the Raw Bar, then perhaps some sassy New Orleans Seafood Gumbo. Mussels bathed in a seductive garlic-shallot-white wine broth and Sweet & Spicy Thai Calamari are other worthy contenders; but the signature flash-fried Lobster Tail and equally addicting King Crab Fritters get my “Must Try” award.
For the main attraction, you can even customize your own entrée: Just choose your favorite fresh catch and preparation method (plancha sautéed, blackened, broiled, Hong-Kong steamed, or simply whole grilled). Executive Chef Anthony Hoff then creates your custom-made dish that will surely have you ‘hooked.’ Or explore the many signature specialties, such as Peanut-crusted Grouper, Hong Kong Sea Bass, or Seafood- Stuffed Flounder; plus Maine lobster and seasonal crab offerings. This is seafood perfection — but it’s almost a shame not to try some land-based offerings, like 35-day aged Angus steaks, pork chop porterhouse, or free-range roasted chicken. And catch this — most entrees are priced below $30 (including sides!), and appetizers under $15.
Service is exemplary, with GM Shannon Dye’s friendly crew of attentive, knowledgeable, and obviously well-trained staff on deck. The “upstairs” front bar shakes up some killer cocktails (try the Infused Martinis!), while an expansive wine list (100 vintages, most under $60) suits the cuisine quite admirably. Finish with a Chocolate Malt Brownie Sundae, reflect upon the tranquil waterfront and live swans, and savor the experience. Ahhh!…
7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL. Serving lunch and dinner daily, with ample Private dining facilities available. Call (561) 487-1600 or visit: www.buckheadrestaurants.com