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.”

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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