Pirate Pete’s Seafood Review (CLOSED)

Pirate Pete’s Seafood

My trip around Wichita looking for new restaurants to try takes me to Harry and Rock Road where Pirate Pete’s Seafood has been firmly placed at for the better part of a decade.

Located at 1648 S Rock Road, Pirate Pete’s Seafood I was told has been at the location for around ten years with new ownership in recent years. Their hours of operation are Monday – Friday 11 am – 8 pm.

Inside it has the look of your family owned fish shack. It’s quite small inside with about six four tops.

On my visit I ordered their advertised Seafood Platter which was $15.50 and included 2 entrees and 3 sides. I went with the catfish, frog legs, coleslaw, jalapeno poppers and grilled veggies. For carryout, an order of Pollock filets was placed for a friend.

Before receiving my order, four different sauces were placed on the table: honey mustard, aioli, creole, and tarter sauce.

And then not too long after, the food arrived and I was excited! It smelled great and I was ready to chow down.

The catfish was nothing short of amazing. It was a good large piece that was thinly breaded and fried to perfection. I’m a huge condiment guy and found myself forgetting to use any of the sauces given to me.

The frog legs were just as good with a nice crispy breading surrounding the meaty legs. Sometimes when you order frog legs there is rarely any meat on the bones; not the case at Pirate Pete’s. The jalapeno poppers I ended up saving for my friend. The grilled veggies were some of the best sides I’ve had in a fish shack. Covered in creole seasoning but not so heavy, I found myself eating the veggies in nearly seconds.

The service was fantastic and I ended up speaking with one of the owners during the course of my meal; true pleasure speaking with her.

When I delivered the Pollock filets, my friend had similar raving comments on her meal. She loved the batter used to make the breading and would sometimes pull off the breading and eat it separately.

Honestly this was some of the best catfish I’ve had in town. Between Pirate Pete’s and Wichita Fish Company (Reviewed previously), these are two top notch spots in town. Pirate Pete’s serves as a great option for those trying to avoid the fast food Long John Silvers and the higher priced options of Bonefish Grill and Newport Grill. It’ll be a great option for those of you who celebrate Lent which is right around the corner.

You will be pleased if you can make the stop out on south Rock Road. If it weren’t for this venture of trying a new restaurant a week for 16 weeks, I probably would not have come across Pirate Pete’s Seafood. Glad I did though.

Where to go next? I’m always looking for suggestions. Feel free to drop a note in the comments for future stops.

Happy Dining!

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