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.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

the foundation

Morning setups at Pike Place can take many forms. Our game is to be done and ready to go by 8am (new ice, rotation of product, new signs, etc...). We could just show up and go through the motions hoping that happens, but we don't. We huddle every day and discuss our intention; our commitment to the day as a foundation. It's an opportunity to get present with yourself and get present with your team. If something is on my mind keeping me from being with the day, I'll tell everyone (or get over it!). It may look the same and my actions may be the same, but I've never done it before this way today. This foundation doesn't just happen, it takes intention and it takes everyone being part of that "setup by 8" game.

Today was one of those unique days in that it wasn't the same crew standing around at 6:29 awaiting a huddle. It wasn't the coffee cup on the counter with talk of the Seahawks latest move, or a smoke on the sidewalk to exhale before work. Today had 20some high school students with shovels in their hands telling us about their Business club in St. Michael's Minnesota.

A couple things happen on days like this. I'm standing in Starbucks across the street with my coffee telling the barista about the crowd that has suddenly formed around my work. I really wanted a normal morning, I really wanted to shoot the shit about what I saw on Sportscenter, and I really am not pumped about all the cameras and onlookers awaiting the "show" at Pike Place Fish. Key to getting over this is knowing I have a choice. I need to get whether I'm going to stay in hiding mode and pretend I don't notice this massive group of kids who have read our books, watched our video and are here for an experience. I can be ordinary.

I can also embrace the fact that I just got 20 extra pairs of hands to help me get my shop setup by 8. The game isn't changed, it just has new players.
These kids don't have expectations, they don't want something specific from me, they're simply here. So as soon as that grumbling in my head begins and says to be ordinary, wanting a "normal" day and disengaged from what's present.......I snap out of it and enjoy an opportunity for a different foundation to my day. I walk out of Starbucks into the rain (ahhh, a cleanse from my negativity! ha!) and begin to find out why these kids and teachers are here and maybe what we can do to start our days with a new experience.

Monday, March 8, 2010

flexing mussels of the Northwest

The town of Coupeville on Whidbey Island is an hour and a half away from our humble market. You can take a 20 minute ferry ride from Mukilteo, just north of Everett. Or you can head even farther and cross the breathtakingly high bridge over Deception Pass onto this quiet, and scenic Puget Sound island filled with mom and pop stores, road side stands, farms and on this particular weekend: mussel festivals.

Mussels are available year round and the folks at Penn Cove Shellfish deliver their bounty every single day. Since 1975, this operation has been sustainably farming and harvesting shellfish and amazingly delivering the goods within 24 hours to dinner plates worldwide. You can eat in Singapore and see "Penn Cove Mussels" on the menu!

With the temperatures in Seattle hitting near 65 and the sun shining, Saturday at Mussel Festival was more like a Grateful Dead show than a gathering in Coupeville. The boat tours were sold out, the mussel eating competition you couldn't get a seat or a view, and all the chowders in town were empty by early afternoon. Pictures from the event graced the front page of the Times and the shopkeepers and restauranteurs in Coupeville definitely had good nights of sleep on saturday night.

Sunday however, the overcast skies of March returned and Coupeville was back in it's element. Dogs sat outside tied to the trees as folks with spoons, cups and punch cards for the chowder tastings and "mussel hustle" took over Coupeville for a second day.
"I'm so glad we came today and not yesterday, I heard it was mobbed," said one sunday attendee. The defending champion chowder at the restaurant Oystercatcher was all smiles with the sunday crowds. "We added a little more ruttabega and carrots this year to up the veggie taste." said the owner. People who paid a couple dollars were given a punch card that allowed them to taste up to six different mussel chowders throughout the town. At the end, punch cards were turned and compiled to crown a new mussel chowder champion for 2010.

Toby's tavern had a line out the door,dalmation seals layed out on the mussel flats, Flyers brewery had the suds a flowin', and yes, Scott came up short for year number two in the mussel eating competition.
"Although it was nice to see a fellow Pike Place friend, he looked a little nervous and that's not how you win an eating competition," said Place Pigalle owner Seth. Pigalle keeps mussels as a big presence on their menu and really seemed to be enjoying seeing the other side of their food.