Shady Island Seafood Bar and Grill
#112-3800 Bayview Street
On an afternoon photo assignment taking in the sights and hearing great stories from a dedicated crew of skilled craftsmen ship builders and restorers in the picturesque, frontier seaport town better known as the Steveston Heritage Fishing Village, I decided to end my day with a self-rewarding pint.
Wharfs, piers, boardwalks… wherever they are, always seem to be a preferred base for those establishments that seem to cater to both locals and visitors alike, often with seafood and cold drinks on the menu. Shady Island Seafood is no exception.
With a deck side view of the neighboring Fisherman’s Wharf, and a cool breeze drifting in from the water, this open section running parallel to the pathway made for a great spot for people watching. But by then, my mind had switched off from wanting to photograph anything, and I resorted to my simple P&S camera during my meal for images of my meal.
Sticking as local as I could, I opted for a selection from Granville Island Brewing in their Cypress Honey Lager. Crisp, clear lagers are my favorite beers. This one was perhaps milder in tone and not as “sweet” as say other “honey”-branded beers I’ve had, so was a refreshing way for me to unwind. I could have easily had a few more and spent more time watching folks stroll by, but alas, it was getting a bit chilly and I was without a coat.
Despite having been busy for most of the day, I wasn’t terribly hungry. Perhaps it was the cups of coffee that I had earlier to keep me going that were keeping me feeling full. So sticking with the stereotypical behavior of one visiting a waterside landing, I took the easy way out and asked for their Seafood Chowder. Noted as “world famous” on the signboard, and as “mama’s award-winning” on the menu, it peaked my curiosity.
It definitely had “substance” and was very rich and creamy in texture, plenty of pieces of salmon, clams and potatoes, all encompassed in a vibrant red, slightly peppery, tomato-base. I’ve not experienced many of these more east coast-style chowders, but I can say that I enjoyed it and will look to seek out more of them.
A fairly basic house green salad which was nothing to write home about, rounded out my small meal (not pictured).
The combination of unwinding alone and having a quiet, non-stuffing meal and the quaint surroundings led me to feeling pretty good about my light dinner. Under different circumstances, would I have come away with such a positive impression – I’m not sure. But for the view, the brew and a tasty bowl of chowder, I can’t say I had any complaints and would drop by again and check out their fish and chips (which seemed like a popular thing at their takeaway window).