Fisherman’s Outlet, whose motto is “Gourmet Food at Affordable Prices” is a downtown LA landmark, which went into business in 1961. Adjacent to the wholesale food, refrigerated storage area of industrial downtown, it’s a fish market next to a counter service restaurant with a roof-only covering for mostly concrete tables and chairs.
The menu at the counter can be roughly divided into fried and charbroiled, with chowder, seafood cocktails and a few salads tossed to round things out. There are daily specials, usually under $12.
The choice of fish is impressive and, if grilled, is served with garlic butter, Cajun or teriyaki sauce and French fries or rice and coleslaw. Seafood is limited to shrimp, scallops, calamari and crab. Keeping things simple means everything is fresh-cooked quickly and the place can do quite a volume. Customers can grab lunch, stop by the seafood market and pick up a much larger choice of fresh fish or seafood at much better prices than grocery chains and go home to cook for family and friends.
Fisherman’s Outlet is open for lunch only 10-3:30 pm Monday through Saturday.