The Fishwife: Tales From the Down-Low Diner
Posted on: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 8:31 AM by The Down-Low Diner
A former boss and fellow seafood aficionado once told me: “If you’re in Monterey County, you must go and eat at the Fishwife.” So upon a recent visit to the fair city of Pacific Grove, I had to get down to business at this local seafood institution. Pacific Grove – known as “PG” by locals and those trying to act like locals – is the quintessential day trip for anyone staying in Monterey County. Super close to everything and rich in history, quaint B&Bs, and an impressive stretch of craggy coast line, PG is a destination for both visitors and Monarch Butterflies (it’s part of their migratory path, don’t miss the free butterfly sanctuary if you go). The Fishwife is situated close to the Pacific Ocean and it’s an incredibly scenic drive from Highway 1. The exterior is humble. The interior is comfortable. The menu is one of the most realistically priced I’ve seen in the area. After a quick peruse, I opted for the Crab Burger and a glass of locally produced Bernardus Winery Sauvignon Blanc. Alas, I was unable to resist taking a bite of the Crab Burger before taking the photo! No-one could be crabby after a bite of that delectable Crab Burger. My meal was delish: The house-made patty boasted local Dungeness Crab, zippy bell peppers, and a locally baked bun. The deal-maker for me was the steak fries, however. Thick and dusted with salt, a tasty variation that I seem to find less and less these days. This is the spot to bring friends, family, business partners, or anyone that would appreciate bonding over a sustainable seafood lunch or dinner. It's no surprise that the Fishwife has won so many local awards! The Sauvignon Blanc was a treat in itself. Grapefruity and refreshing, it was a crisp companion for the Crab Burger. This fabulous lunch was less than $20 . It's the perfect prelude to a day of exploring PG’s Point Piños Lighthouse, Pacific Grove Golf Links (known as the “Poor Man’s Pebble Beach”), Asilomar State Beach and the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary.