As the downtown core of Mercer Island continues to expand, so do the number of places to dine out. Freshy's Fish & Chips — owned...

As the downtown core of Mercer Island continues to expand, so do the number of places to dine out.

Freshy’s Fish & Chips — owned by Bryce Caldwell, of West Seattle — helps fill the gap of an already long list of pizza joints, taverns, upscale eateries, delis and fast-food places on the island known to locals as “The Rock.”

The fish-and-chips takeout counter is located in what had been a longtime closed gas station and is conveniently located next to Freshy’s Seafood Market.

“Our mantra is we’re a 100 percent sustainable market that provides fresh Pacific Northwest seafood,” Caldwell said. “All our fish and chips are prepared fresh to order, hence the name Freshy’s.”

The seafood market opened last Aug. 11. Then, without much fanfare, the fish-and-chips counter opened for business on Mother’s Day and has been bustling with customers ever since.

The menu: The deep-fry menu includes true cod, halibut, salmon, prawns, oysters and scallops, which are served with French fries ($5.29-$14.41 depending on one, two or three pieces of fish). A Caesar salad, plain or with crab or shrimp ($3.29-$7.99); shrimp and crab cocktails ($2.29-$4.99); razor clam chowder, fish stew ($3.49 cup, $5.99 bowl or $10.99 tanker) and a bowl of steamer clams ($5.49) rounds out the diverse seafood menu.

What to write home about: The halibut and chips were good, but the razor clam chowder and tomato-based fish stew topped our must-have list. It was a unanimous vote that the skin-on French fries, prebrined with a vinegar seasoning, were tasty. We didn’t order the bowl of steamer clams, but I’ve heard from friends it is a generous portion and a good deal.

The setting: A takeout-order counter and five outdoor picnic-style tables covered by an overhang keep it very simple.

Summing up: Four of us had a three-piece halibut and chips, three-piece true cod and chips, scallop and chips, bowl of fish stew and two bottled sodas for $48.77.

Mark Yuasa: 206-464-8780 or