Pelly’s Fish Market & Cafe ~ Carlsbad

So, I’m surprised I didn’t write about the wonderfulness that is Pelly’s before now. I love seafood, but I am very picky when it comes to it. Growing up fishing with a Dad and older brother who were avid fishermen, you become accustomed to very fresh seafood. I was craving fish and a shrimp cocktail and wanted something above the quality of most places in North County. I wanted a good selection to choose from and also did not want to spend a ton.

I was craving fish and a shrimp cocktail and wanted something above the quality of most places in North County. I wanted a good selection to choose from and also did not want to spend a ton of money. Fish 101 was an option as well but I had recently visited them unlike Pelly’s.

Pelly’s has been around since the late 80s providing fresh seafood at their market / cafe in Carlsbad.

Pelly-s exterior

Pelly’s Fish Market & Cafe 7110 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad.

Though 100 times smaller than Catalina Offshore Pelly’s fish selection stands up to anyone as far as quality and freshness.

Pelly-s fish market

Some of the daily fish selection, not cheap but you get the quality you are paying for.

Pelly-s interior

Simple cafe interior, they also have outside seating wich was packed on the day I went, so I opted to sit inside.

Their menu is pretty simple offering a number of seafood cocktails, fish sandwiches or plates, as well as tacos.

I am a sucker for a great shrimp cocktail so that is what I started with….

Pelly-s shrimp cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail ~ Simplicity at its best.

Perfect shrimp, a little cocktail sauce, and a squeeze of lemon and life is good.

After seeing some of the most beautiful swordfish I have seen in a while in their fish case, I was tempted but decided on the fresh Alaskan Halibut instead.

Pelly-s Halibut plate

Alaskan Halibut ~ Dill butter, spicy rice, and a side salad.

Perfectly flaky halibut. Again great ingredients with a simple preparation.

If you want great seafood in the Carlsbad area I would head down to Pelly’s off of Poinsettia and grab some fresh fish to cook at home or eat in their cafe.

Pelly’s Fish Market & Cafe

7110 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad

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