Looking for Copper River salmon at South Sound restaurants? Don't strain your eyes.
Anthony's at Point Defiance and Anthony's in Gig Harbor, along with CI Shenanigans and the Lobster Shop on Tacoma's waterfront don't have any of the coveted fish.
Amid bad weather, Friday's opening yield was about one-seventh of the anticipated harvest, according the Alaska Department of Fish and Game
"We got some on Saturday but we sold out by Sunday," said Paul Schmitt, manager of Anthony's at Point Defiance.
Schmitt's forecast echoed other South Sound restaurants: No Copper River king or sockeye salmon today and maybe not tomorrow.
"We're hoping to get some at the very latest by Wednesday," Schmitt said.
Referring to the limited catch the fleet of Anthony's restaurants received, Schmitt said, "We have to spread it out. The Seattle stores need some."
Two Seattle Anthony's locations, one at Pier 66 and one in Shilshole, said they have Copper River king on the menu today. Meanwhile, Anthony's in Gig Harbor is in the same boat as its Tacoma kin.
CI Shenanigans reports that it's also waiting. The chipper hostess who answered the telephone at the Tacoma waterfront restaurant this morning offered this uplifting concession: "We do have Washington wild salmon."
Some supermarkets are fishless. Metropolitan Markets in Tacoma's Proctor neighborhood and in Dash Point report "limited" shipments on Saturday. This morning, fishmongers at both stores were waiting. QFCs in Parkland and Lakewood haven't seen any Copper River fish.
"The opening was kind of a bummer," said Mike Carver, the seafood manager at Metropolitan Market in Tacoma.
Carver said he got two of the 800 kings caught Friday.
This morning, Carver was waiting for more.
Which sets the hook for a simmering question: With retail Copper River prices ranging from $28-$39 per pound and restaurant dinner prices ranging from the $28-$50, is Copper River salmon worth the wait and worth the price?