We are blessed to have our famous Portland food carts, serving up the most delectable ethnic and regional plates without which the city workforce would have few affordable and tasty lunch options. In Victoria, where prices are quite a bit higher for every single thing, the food cart craze has not yet landed, sad to say. However, there was one eatery shack we did find, and as it happens it was all we could have asked for.
redfish bluefish is open 11am to 7pm six days a week year ’round, rain or shine. That’s good, because I will make the proverbial bee line for it every time I’m in town. Even now, I can easily indulge in the memory of its perfectly grilled hunk of wild salmon tucked inside a toasted bun moistened with just the right amount of dilled dijonnaise, a lovely dollop of fresh cole slaw and organic greens on the side. An order of dense hand cut fries, plain or curried, or a cup (4 oz.) of the chunky Pacific Rim Chowder with white fish, corn, garlic, chipotle and coconut milk and chances are you won’t be hungry again fast enough in order to return for more.
The shack serves the obligatory fish and chips, tacos of salmon, scallops, tuna or white fish, fish “sloppy joe” and other plates of BBQ’d and spicy seafood. A nod to Victoria’s English heritage is seen in the offer of Mushy Edamame (“our twist on mushy peas”).
What makes this shack so popular? Well, the quality of the ingredients is one reason. The fish is wild and ocean friendly and much of the other elements are organic, fresh and local. But the experience is also a draw. On a sunny day no restaurant can compete with the seating: on the dock in view of the sea planes landing and whale boats departing.