Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We throw seafood, you throw awards!

Check out the pasted material below from a website that voted us one of the top online providers of seafood!


TopTenREVIEWS - Silver Award - Awarded for excellence in design, useability and feature set
By Tiff Carlson

Pike Place Fish Market is one of the most famous symbols of Seattle, WA, and is equally as well-known as a symbol for high-quality seafood market. Founded in 1965, transforming from a tiny fish stand into an international fish proprietor, they now ship their world famous fresh and frozen seafood to hungry customers across the country. From their Whole Cooked Dungeness Crabs to a straight-forward shipping policy, Pike Place Fish Market is a pedigree above the rest and is a must-see for any online seafood buyer.

Standout Features

  • Fresh Salmon, many specialty fish, Dungeness and King Crab and Caribbean Rock Lobster Tails
  • Gift and Party Packs
  • Specialty sauces and spices
  • Seafood tips and unique recipes

Since Pike Place Fish Market is based in Seattle and is therefore “close to the action,” in regards to procuring the freshest seafood around, it’s no wonder they’re well known for their Whole Cooked Dungeness Crab, King Crab, and most notably, their Wild Alaskan King Salmon Fillet (subject to availability). They also sell more unique items such as Caribbean Rock Lobster Tails and Live Hood Canal Yearling Oysters.

Pike Place Fish Market Screenshots

Inventory: Excellent

Pike Place Fish Market offers one of the most well-stocked inventories on our matrix (lacking only Octopus, Prepared Foods and Beef as items they don’t sell). They do however sell a variety of smoked Salmon jerky, canned Wild Salmon and jarred Oysters. Pike Place Fish Market is probably most known for the fresh Wild Alaskan King Salmon and Whole Cooked Dungeness Crab, but they sell much, much more, with a variety of raw shellfish, cooked shellfish (King Crab), specialty fish, whitefish and smoked seafood just a click away.

Some of the more unique raw shellfish they sell includes Caribbean Rock Lobsters at 24 oz/per, Alaskan Spot Prawns, Jumbo White Prawns, Sea Scallops, Live Penn Cove Mussels and Large Live Pacific Oysters. Their cooked shellfish collection includes King Crab Legs, cooked and deveined Shrimp and Smoked Mussels.

Extras: Excellent

Pike Place Fish Market offers many appreciated extras on their site. If you’re searching for a new way to prepare your seafood, their Recipes and Tips area will help you out and then some. They offer recipes for all types of seafood (Salmon, Halibut, Clams, Prawns, Mussels, Crab, Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp and Oysters), and they make sure the recipes they offer are top-notch. One of their most popular recipes is their Paella, a classic Spanish dish with rice, vegetables and seafood. Their preparation tips instruct buyers how to cook everything from Mussels to the perfect way to cook Crab.

Their Gifts and Party Packs are other fine extras that Pike Place Fish Market offers. Pike Place Fish Market has put a lot of thought in their gift packs and have several enticing options. Their “Rolls Royce Of The Sea Sampler” contains a 32 oz. Lobster Tail, 2lbs of King Crab and 1lb of their Jumbo White Prawns. They also sell singular item gifts such as an Oyster Knife or a Pike Place Fish Market T-shirt.

Their Fresh Gift Pack Sampler is a popular gift, and contains 9lbs of King Salmon, Dungeness Crab, Alderwood-smoked King Salmon, Salmon Basting Sauce, Tartar Sauce and Cocktail Sauce. Other gift boxes available include their Live Shellfish Sampler Pack and 20lb Case of Alaskan King Crab.

If you’re on the hunt for a specialty sauce, marinade and/or spice that’ll wow your family and friends, Pike Place Fish Market is just the place. Their world-famous Cocktail Sauce is one of their big condiment sellers, as is their slightly sweet Tartar Sauce. They also have more unique sauces such as their Cocktail Wasabi Sauce, Smoked Chipotle Sauce and Smoked Sweet Onion Sauce. And their regional spice mixes are fabulous. Their Northwest Seafood Seasoning and Our Own Rub spice mix will make your Wild King Salmon sing.

Pike Place Fish Market proffers high-quality seafood and has equally high-quality recipes (and preparation tips) on their site. They share more than two dozen of their favorite in-house recipes, with recipes for all types of seafood from Trout and Marlin to Oysters and Prawns. Some of their standout recipes include Poached Alaskan Salmon Piccata and Scallop and Shrimp Sambuca. If the recipe is from Pike Place, you know it’s good.

Customer Service: Excellent

If it wasn’t for their lack of site FAQs, Pike Place Fish Market would’ve easily received a perfect score (4.0) in the Customer Service category of our matrix. They provide both email and a toll-free phone number (local number available as well) for customers to contact them, as well as providing their mailing address and fax number at the bottom of the main page.

We also love their money-back guarantee. “Guaranteed fresh to your doorstep.” If UPS Overnight for whatever reason fails to deliver your order in a timely manner, Pike Place Fish Market will refund your order.

Shipping Options
Pike Place Fish Market ships all orders via UPS Overnight so that customers don’t need to be home to receive their order (unlike FedEx Overnight, which requires a signature upon delivery). Their shipping prices ($65 for the first 1-12lbs, and $3 for each pound over 12), includes 9lbs of packaging materials. They ship all fresh and frozen orders in a box lined with Styrofoam, with two reusable gel packs to keep the product cold.

Payment Methods
Pike Place Fish Market accepts all major credit cards - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express - and they also accept Diners Club cards.

Community: Excellent

Pike Place Fish Market scored nearly a perfect rating (4.0) in this category, which is all about social networking and keeping your customers in the loop. Be sure to sign-up for Pike Place’s “Our World Famous Newsletter” for discount codes and to be kept abreast of what fresh seafood is currently in stock. Also on their site is their huge guestbook, where you can share your experiences or read hundreds of others experiences from past customers.

Pike Place Fish Market is also on Facebook and Twitter. Their Facebook page has thousands of fans and contains fun pictures of the famous “Pike Place Guys” (the ones who throw fish). And their Twitter account is full of sales and discounts, so be sure to follow that as well.


Pike Place Fish Market is a legendary seafood market that ships beautiful Wild Alaskan Salmon, Specialty Fish and amazing Shellfish nationwide. Their delicious recipes and thorough Community features are just more reasons we are pleased to include Pike Place Fish Market among our top-rated Seafood Market Review sites.

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