Fresh Find: Penn Avenue Fish Company

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Penn Avenue Fish Company in the Strip District has been a hit with fish-eaters ever since the day it opened for business in 2007. Yet it's a heck of a walk for lunchtime diners who work on the opposite side of town and are hungry for seafood quick.

A second location at 308 Forbes Ave., Downtown, which quietly opened Oct. 12, solves that problem.

Tucked into a long and narrow storefront, Henry Dewey's and Angela Earley's latest venture offers much the same menu as the original store, with one tasty addition: the Taco del Dia, or taco of the day -- say, cod one day and scallops the next. Price: two for $8.99 or three for $10.99.

In all, there are more than three dozen choices on the menu, including a blackened South Beach Snapper ($12.99) served with grilled asparagus and seaweed salad, Roasted Salmon Sandwich ($9.99) and Oysters on the Half Shell ($2.50 each). I sampled the fish tacos (two for $5.99), a tasty combination of seasoned swordfish, salmon and tuna in hard corn shells. Topped with a crunchy mix of cabbage, cilantro salsa and sriracha, it was a winner.

The restaurant doesn't sell fresh fish to go -- you'll have to head to the Strip location if you're looking for seafood to whip up at home -- but it does offer a large selection of sashimi and nigiri, maki and specialty sushi rolls. Prices range from $2.99 for an avocado or cucumber roll to $6.99 for a shrimp tempura roll to $49.99 for a 32-piece sushi platter.

Mr. Dewey says the new location, which seats 35, also will serve dinner Weds.-Fri, starting Nov. 10 -- BYOB. No word yet on the hours, but you can give the restaurant a call at 412-562-1710 or visit for updates.

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