Few things can replace perfectly prepared seafood. Whether you’re a fan of smoked fish, grilled octopus, heaps of shrimp, or battered and fried goodies from under the sea, there really is no replicating that of quality seafood. And yet, metro Phoenix isn’t exactly known for its seafood selection. There are a handful of options, but it doesn’t have the same kind of market share as other segments. While Arizona is still close to the Pacific, as well as the Gulf of California (which puts it about as close to the ocean as a state can get without actually touching water), there are only a handful of excellent seafood restaurants to choose from. And now, there is one fewer.
Chesapeake Bay Seafood Bistro opened not long ago, in June of 2019. Originally the restaurant started as a ghost kitchen, meaning the owners utilized the kitchen of a different restaurant to produce their own food and recipes. That eventually led to the opening of a flagship location in Phoenix, within the Ahwatukee neighborhood of the city.
However, as this neighborhood is on the outskirts of the city, it isn’t easily accessible to the majority of the Valley, which already makes it more difficult for anyone craving grilled fish, fish tacos, deep-fried shrimp, or anything else on the menu for that matter.
Two days ago owners of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Bistro announced on Facebook that they would be closing the restaurant down, as they were unable to sustain the restaurant and keep it operational.
All is not lost for fans of the restaurant though. They will continue operating out of their ghost kitchen, which is located inside the Tempe Food Court. In fact, for many, the Tempe ghost kitchen might be easier to visit than the failed physical location.
The Tempe Food Court ghost kitchen is located at 1900 East 5th Street. The menu itself is packed with all kinds of seafood goodies. The appetizers list includes clams, crab cakes, fried calamari, mussels, salmon fries, and steamed blue crabs. The rest of the menu includes an “Out of the Fryer” section, so if you love deep-fried seafood, you can order bass, beer-battered cod, catfish, halibut, oysters, perch, red snapper, salmon, shrimp, soft shell crab, trout, tilapia, walleye, and whole snapper a-la-carte fried just the way you want it. There are even more grilled fish options (including flounder and Mahi Mahi), plus an assortment of salads.
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