Rick’s Wild Seafood

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Rick's Wild Seafood

Rick's Wild Seafood

[Closed July 2010]

Location: SW 3rd and Ash St

Description:

One of those days.  You wander and you wander by 10, then 20, then 30 different food carts and nothing strikes your fancy.  You just about to grab something you know will be good, but it isn’t what you’re craving when you decided to walk another two blocks. Those two blocks will be the best decision of the day. What I discovered at the end of those two blocks was Rick’s Wild Seafood, a brand new cart serving up fish and chips. Exactly what the doctor ordered.

As I walked up to this shiny new cart, wondering what they were serving, I spied the giant fish on the top and chuckled. Not many carts have mascots or signage that depicts their food. Immediately, I saw Ben, the part owner and head chef. I met Ben in the past year through friends, so was immediately excited to see what he was cooking up. The menu spelled it out simply – Fish. This is the type of cart I will love. They offer one item and they put all their energy into making that one item perfect. Funny thing – when I was chatting with John about his 30 carts in 30 days, we discussed the need for some more good fish and chips in this town. Well, now we have it. Rick’s fish and chips come in either red snapper, cod or halibut. I believe cod is the tradition, yet when I asked for a recommendation, Ben suggested the red snapper and I’m glad he did. It was excellent. Ben batters both the fish and the fries with a coating of spices. I would lean towards lightly breaded.  It wasn’t one of those heavy on the coating type of scenarios. The fish and chips are served with a little chunky slaw and your choice of sauce.

Red Snapper Fish and Chips

Red Snapper Fish and Chips

I was there only a few minutes to enjoy my meal and catch up with Ben when suddenly he was busy. People were coming from every direction and soon he had a line. First day and he was busy. How’s that for Portland. Way to go. I really enjoyed the fish and chips I had at Ricks. A good portion for the price and a notch above a traditional style of the meal. I’m intrigued to try some of the other items on the menu to see Ben’s take on them. I will definitely be back. Congratulations on opening Rick’s, welcome to foodcartland.

Sample Menu:

  • Fish and Chips – Red Snapper, $5.50;  Cod, $5.50;  Halibut, $8
  • Fish Tacos – 2 for $4
  • Fish Sandwich – Red Snapper, $5.50; Cod, $5.50; Halibut, $8
  • Shrimp Burger and Fries – $5.50
  • Shrimp Cocktail – small, $2.50; large $4

Hours: Every day (including weekends) 11am to 4pm

Contact: Twitter: @Wild_Seafood

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Comments

  1. Fish tacos, eh? And a shrimp cocktail…I’ll have to check it out.

  2. Hey there, Mr. B.,

    I’m curious to find out whether it was happy coincidence or sly photo-mastery that had that portion of the billboard visible behind our fish: “not one ounce [of] compromise” We’ll make damn sure to live up to that!

    Nicely done. 🙂

    -=the other Mr. B.

  3. Really good fish tacos. The snapper was great! Once they get used to the pace that they could draw, it will be quite a little place.

  4. So I went down today, and as I waited in line was told they were working out some bugs, please be patient. Roughly 20 minutes go by before my order is taken. Once placed it was about 5 minutes before it was ready. I gave the man 20$ for my Snapper fish & chips and a coup of chowder which should have been 8$. I got 9$ in change meaning they charged me 11$. Now the portion was pretty small, both the soup and the meal. I did not notice my change until I was back at the office… so what to do? The food itself was ok, the fries bland, but the fish good, just not enough of it for my money even at 5.50$ there needs to be more than just one patty of fish. I don’t think I’ll go back.

  5. dieselboi says

    Thanks for all the comments. Shane, that is too bad that you didn’t get the proper change. I bet if you go back, they’ll rectify the situation. I say let them work out any kinks and check back. I know I will because I enjoyed the food.

  6. Rick's Wild Seafood says

    Hey Shane, come down when you’re able and I’ll personally make you lunch and return the $2 to you to make up for the the missing fillet (the fish & chips is supposed to have two) and the oversight with the change, too. We were slammed on our second day open (its GREAT) and figuring out the labor required to meet the wonderful demand. Just ask for Benjamin and I’ll make amends!

    Thanks for trying us out, sir. We will sink or swim depending on Portlanders love for their food carts. Oh, and I can confidently say that the fries’ blandness was certainly a fluke! (Ok, no more fish metaphors!)

    -=B

  7. I was literally in line at another food cart when I saw the Twitter buzz on opening day. I skedaddled down there, only to find they were already out of fish! But ‘m not complaining, I work a stones throw from this cart, and give me a week I’ll have tried all 3 fish types. Day 1 all they had was Salmon burger or Shrimp Burger, but I’ll be damned if it wasn’t the best Salmon burger I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to try the rest!

  8. I’ll come back down Thursday and give ya all a second shot. I did not realize it was only your second day. I’m looking forward to a good fish spot on the cart scene. Thanks for fixing the change too, every dollar counts these days.

  9. I had the red snapper fish and chips. The fish was nice and moist, the batter good and crisp. A bit bland for me, but I don’t know much about what snapper tastes like. I could definitely use a more flavorful batter, though.

    I really liked the fries, though. Too many places serving fish and chips kind of overlook the “chips” aspect. Theirs weren’t soggy, and were seasoned/coated in something tasty.

  10. JohntheKiwi:
    We’re working out new ways to meet the wonderful demands of PDX’s avid foodcart aficionados, so look forward to a full compliment of backstock in the coming days. Also, to clarify, though we sold out of fresh fillets by 1pm on our first day, we were more than happy to offer our delectable Alaskan Salmon Burgers and Southern-style Shrimp Burgers. I’m happy that you enjoyed yourself! 🙂

    Todd:
    Much of the mainstream chip shops serve battered & fried Cod or Halibut, either out of tradition or price concerns. We, on the other hand, are able to offer the more flavorful (and under appreciated) cousin to the Perch, the Pacific Red Snapper. Additionally, I’ve chosen highlight the flavor of our fish with a lightly seasoned breading instead of the typical thick batter that tends to restrict the palate’s enjoyment of the meal. We’re always open to guests’ criticism and are glad to hear that you appreciated the new take on the chips!

    Shane:
    Thanks for that, we’ll look for you tomorrow! Just ask for Benjamin 🙂

    -=B

  11. Well, it was worth going back that’s for sure. I brought some friends with me and we had a great lunch sitting in the sun, enjoying some good food. The fries were crisp and flavorful, the Sandwich was very filling. Ben gave me a refund, but it went strait into the tip jar. Well done my man, well done!

  12. I’m overjoyed that when I have a fish craving I now have somewhere I can go where I don’t have to spend a ton of money and the food is tasty. I’m hoping they might consider adding shrimp cocktail to their menu for these warm summer days though 🙂 I will definitely be back!!

  13. I just had the halibut fish-n-chips for lunch today, and it was quite seriously the BEST. HALIBUT. EVER. The fish was firm, flaky, lightly breaded with herbs and spices, and fried ever so gently. The fries were nicely seasoned, not too salty, and also fresh and flavorful. The portion size was just perfect for me — I hate going to restaurants and getting an enormous plate, half of which ends up going to waste.

    I’ve had some good, good halibut in my adult life, but Rick’s halibut completely eclipses anything I’ve had since childhood. I think I shall have to go back tomorrow for the red snapper!

  14. Finally I can get fish and chips on my lunch break! I ordered the cod basket yesterday, my friend had the halibut and another friend the red snapper. The cod was excellent, thick portions, the texture was perfect and the seasoning just right.

    The staff was friendly and the food was outstanding.

    I would like to see a 3 piece basket option for the cod and root beer canned soda, for some reason root beer goes great with fish and chips.

    The cole slaw was tasty and the fries as well.

    Today I’m heading over for some more cod and chips and this time I’ll rate the chowder!

    Thanks Rick’s Wild Seafood! I’ll see you at noon (c:

  15. JinYoung says

    I tried Rick’s for the first time today. I had the Red Snapper sandwich. It was really good. I’ll be going back for sure. 🙂

  16. wow! I devoured my order of cod & chips & slaw last week when I ate here. Things I appreciated: clean, sharp-looking cart; fish wasn’t over-battered; fish tasted good not funky; tasty fries; vinegar for said fries; not-too-much-mayo-slaw.

    I will definitely go back here – reasonable prices for the quality plus several other options that sound great (tacos, etc). I spent my early childhood years in NZ where fish & chip shops are standard for every neighborhood, so eating fish & chips outside just feels like summer to me.

  17. Please update the prices. They have gone up.

    I had snapper fish tacos the other day. And although they were quite good, I felt they were on the wimpy side. I’m not a huge eater, but I was left not-quite-satisfied with the portion size.

    Hope you can work that out!

  18. The prices have gone up $.50, at least on the items like sandwiches and fish & chips. This seems to be de rigueur for new carts, though, as they try to differentiate based on price to gain a following, then increase to improve (or recover) a margin. Or maybe they’re initially bad at pricing.

    I ordered the red snapper sandwich. The portion size for the fish was on the niggardly side. There was a single, breaded fillet in the sesame bun, leaving half of the sandwich as spongy wings with cole slaw. Picture an isosceles triangle of fish, about 3/4″ thick, that occupies 1/2 the total surface area of a Franz hamburger bun, and you’ll have an accurate image. It was definitely not what I expected for $6, but I didn’t discover this until I’d walked the 8 blocks back to my office. This seems to have been a problem for other reviewers; there were no others in line when I ordered, so I have a hard time believing it was a simple error.

    However, the food was fairly good. The fries are like thicker versions of those found at McMenamins, but are seasoned nicely and do not come across as greasy. What little there was of the fish had a light batter with a well-balanced seasoning, and the flesh was flaky and moist.

    Overall, the food was good but in terms of price/performance, it was lacking. I’ll probably give their fish & chips a shot in a couple of weeks, but will plan to eat at one of the tables, in case there are similar issues with that order. Six dollars for a handful of fries and a smallish wedge of snapper is unreasonable.

  19. Tried it yesterday. Had cod fish tacos. The tacos were 90% slaw with very little fish. Unlikely to be back.

  20. Went there on Saturday. The fish was very fresh and cooked perfectly. I found the fries to be greasy, soggy, and bland. The person working was friendly and efficient. I look foward to trying different items besides the fish and chips. Also, they sell fresh fish at a very affordable price.

  21. I tried the cod fish and chips, the fish was good. The slaw was just okay. The fries were sadly disappointing: soggy, mushy, slightly greasy and overcooked, and very bland. I added salt and pepper just to make them edible. Judging from the reviews so far they seem to go back and forth between this description and a better version… maybe cooking up too large batches and then reheating too long? I am glad to see a fish and chip cart around as the fish and chip options are sadly lacking around here, and will probably try this again for the fish. It would also have been nice to have third piece of fish at the expense of some of the slaw.

  22. Where did this cart go? The Red Snapper fish and chips were my favorite!

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