Three waterfront finds in Tacoma for fish and chips

Staff writerJune 3, 2014 

Steamers at Titlow Beach serves cod with a crunchy breading.

SUE KIDD — Staff writer

I arrived this morning to an email from Steamers announcing something neat for this summery weather we’re having. The Titlow Beach eatery has added a deck (details below). I’ve also got two other Tacoma waterfront destinations for fish and chips. Check these out:

STEAMERS: Steamers Cafe at Titlow Beach has a new deck and new beverages – beer and wine. From general manager Candis Larsen, “We also have added an outdoor ice cream cart for convenience and novelty. And we have added the park tables to our outdoor seating which is perfect for dogs and-or a large group of kids.” Duly noted. I’m partial to Steamers for fish and chips, pictured above, not just because of the crispy breading on the cod, but because of the serve-yourself tartar sauce bar. It’s a casual and wallet-friendly eatery. 8802 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253-565-4532

NORTHERN FISH: This Ruston Way find always is worth a stop for cod and chips if you’re a fan of battered over panko-style breading. Fries are skins-on. I like Northern Fish because you can buy a fish filet to make at home or just pick up your fish and chips at the ordering window. Not much in the form of seating, this is a takeout place on the Ruston waterfront. Small parking area out front. 2201 Ruston Way, Tacoma, 253-272-4104 Cod at Johnny's Seafood and Bistro. Cod at Johnny’s Seafood and Bistro.

JOHNNY’S SEAFOOD AND BISTRO: Find beer battered fish here, with skinny fries served on the side ($9.95). Johnny’s previously was a seafood counter, but it reopened in May as a full-service bistro – with the same seafood counter. The building was made over and also has plenty of deck seating. 1199 Dock St., Tacoma; 253-627-2158

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