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    Post #1 - June 19th, 2019, 9:32 pm
    Post #1 - June 19th, 2019, 9:32 pm Post #1 - June 19th, 2019, 9:32 pm
    Monday night, Moetchandon and I made a trip up to Wilmette, to try Pescadero, that village's new (since late 2018) seafood joint. It was a mixed bag, at best.

    The ceviche we started with was comparable to most versions I've had at the Mexican places in Rogers Park on North Clark St — slightly nicer presentation, but more expensive and a smaller portion.
    PescaCeviche.jpg Ceviche


    Our main order was Ahi Tuna — two good pieces of perfectly seared tuna, in a salty, heavily soy-based sauce. Wasabi potatoes and bok choy were both okay.
    PescaTuna.jpg Ahi Tuna


    We also had a side of risotto with roasted spring vegetables. The "spring vegetables" were peas, corn and diced carrots. Maybe someone whispered the word "roast" over the veggies, because they certainly didn't get any closer to a roasting than that. (No picture, sorry.)

    Service was, frankly, abysmal. After we'd finished our wine (Chenin Blanc, our second choice, since they were out of Muscadet), and had said we didn't need dessert, we waited 30 minutes before we got a bill, despite trying, ineffectually, to to get our server's attention, without being obnoxious about it. After putting down our credit card, it was another 15 minutes before we could flag down a food runner to process the card. Earlier, the promised wine chiller never arrived.

    Perhaps some of the missteps could be attributed to the excessive noise level. I have the SoundPrint app on my phone, and it registered the average sound level at 85 decibels — enough to damage hearing over a few hours.

    Pescadero sounded good on paper (screen?) I doubt we'll be back.

    1167 Wilmette Ave
    Wilmette, IL 60091
    (224) 215-3011
  • Post #2 - June 22nd, 2019, 2:50 pm
    Post #2 - June 22nd, 2019, 2:50 pm Post #2 - June 22nd, 2019, 2:50 pm
    We had just noticed the existence of this place and were cogitating. I'm sorry you had to take one for the team but we are grateful for the report. Disappointed, but grateful.
    Gypsy Boy

    "I am not a glutton--I am an explorer of food." (Erma Bombeck)
  • Post #3 - June 24th, 2019, 10:13 am
    Post #3 - June 24th, 2019, 10:13 am Post #3 - June 24th, 2019, 10:13 am
    Two of my friends and I had dinner at Pescadero last Thursday evening and we had a really nice experience. We arrived at 6:00 and were seated promptly. The decor is very casual-and very light and bright. We were seated at a high top, which isn't my favorite table, but it wasn't uncomfortable. Our server came over right away and we ordered a bottle of wine which was reasonable-34.00 for a white bordeaux, perfect for seafood.
    We ordered the crab cakes to share as an appetizer and were served two with a corn salsa and a red pepper (?) sauce which was a little spicy and good. We all tried different entrees which were priced reasonably for seafood. I had the grilled halibut with a beurre blanc sauce and grilled asparagus (28.00), my friends had the salmon and the mussels. All were very fresh and delicious. We were too full for dessert.
    By 6:30 the restaurant was packed and there was a waiting list. They do not take reservations. As we were leaving at 8:15, people were still coming in for dinner/drinks. Pescadero is a great addition to Wilmette and I would certainly go back.
  • Post #4 - June 24th, 2019, 12:03 pm
    Post #4 - June 24th, 2019, 12:03 pm Post #4 - June 24th, 2019, 12:03 pm
    Website: https://www.pescaderofish.com
  • Post #5 - June 16th, 2021, 8:08 am
    Post #5 - June 16th, 2021, 8:08 am Post #5 - June 16th, 2021, 8:08 am
    Wilmette-based Pescadero Seafood & Oyster Bar is slated to open on Friday, June 18 at 1258 W. Belmont Ave.
    https://chicago.eater.com/2021/6/3/2249 ... ttractions
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #6 - June 17th, 2021, 9:13 pm
    Post #6 - June 17th, 2021, 9:13 pm Post #6 - June 17th, 2021, 9:13 pm
    I hope they've done some noise abatement in the former Fahlstrom's.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #7 - April 18th, 2022, 2:04 pm
    Post #7 - April 18th, 2022, 2:04 pm Post #7 - April 18th, 2022, 2:04 pm
    Today the LTH Evanston Lunch Group™ had lunch at Pescadero, and everything was very good indeed.

    Exterior:
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    Here's what we ordered:

    RHODE ISLAND CALAMARI - Banana Peppers, Scallions, Lemon Garlic Butter
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    LOBSTER SLIDERS - Maine Salad, Toasted Hawaiian Rolls, Shredded Romaine
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    ICEBERG WEDGE - Heirloom Tomatoes, Red Onion, Smoked Pepper Bacon, Creamy Bleu Cheese, Optional Shrimp
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    FISH N' CHIPS - Icelandic Cod, Tartar Sauce, Traditional Slaw, Parmesan Fries
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    MUSSELS FRITES - 1 lb PEI Mussels, Shallots, Homemade Beer Broth, Garlic, Parmesan Fries
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    The restaurant was also extremely helpful in permitting us to bring and serve dessert from Bennison's:
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  • Post #8 - April 18th, 2022, 3:36 pm
    Post #8 - April 18th, 2022, 3:36 pm Post #8 - April 18th, 2022, 3:36 pm
    My favorite was the calamari - the accompanying peppers were outstanding and great accompaniments.

    Everything was very good. I would also call out the parmesean fries that were served with the fish and chips ( I think - or maybe with the mussels )

    And, of course, we all thank Ken for bringing his own birthday cake. The restaurant was very accommodating in serving it.

    Tom mentioned that the restaurant was exceedingly loud the night that they were there. I can see that. Ceiling are high and there is no sound deadening. This is a long time trend in restaurants that I hate.
  • Post #9 - April 18th, 2022, 6:42 pm
    Post #9 - April 18th, 2022, 6:42 pm Post #9 - April 18th, 2022, 6:42 pm
    A good time. Major improvement over our first visit, at the top of this thread.
  • Post #10 - April 19th, 2022, 9:35 pm
    Post #10 - April 19th, 2022, 9:35 pm Post #10 - April 19th, 2022, 9:35 pm
    Was Ken's cake a Swedish Princess cake? Looks very good!

    Happy Birthday!

    CAthy2
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  • Post #11 - April 20th, 2022, 7:54 am
    Post #11 - April 20th, 2022, 7:54 am Post #11 - April 20th, 2022, 7:54 am
    Cathy2 wrote:Was Ken's cake a Swedish Princess cake? Looks very good!

    Happy Birthday!

    Yes, from Bennison's, where they are available only by special order. Levinson's also has them but is closed this week for Passover.

    Thanks!
  • Post #12 - April 22nd, 2022, 8:31 am
    Post #12 - April 22nd, 2022, 8:31 am Post #12 - April 22nd, 2022, 8:31 am
    Glad to hear the place is good. Mild tangent: I hope the Lakeview location is doing well. We've been to very few places since March 2020--just starting to come out of our hole now; Pescadero Lakeview is a place we certainly would have visited if we'd gone anywhere, but I have no knowledge of how their business has been, and I want to see them succeed in the Lakeview location.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #13 - April 22nd, 2022, 8:57 am
    Post #13 - April 22nd, 2022, 8:57 am Post #13 - April 22nd, 2022, 8:57 am
    I have visited the Lakeview location twice since they opened and can only say that I wish my experience had been as positive as the one the group here had in Wilmette. We found the food to be mediocre and very overpriced for the quality. Service was indifferent at best.

    I’ve consistently heard the same from others in the neighborhood, all of whom were excited to see them succeed. Afraid we won’t be back.
    "There’s only one thing I hate more than lying: skim milk, which is water that’s lying about being milk."
    - Ron Swanson
  • Post #14 - April 22nd, 2022, 10:16 am
    Post #14 - April 22nd, 2022, 10:16 am Post #14 - April 22nd, 2022, 10:16 am
    bfolds wrote:I have visited the Lakeview location twice since they opened and can only say that I wish my experience had been as positive as the one the group here had in Wilmette. We found the food to be mediocre and very overpriced for the quality. Service was indifferent at best.

    I’ve consistently heard the same from others in the neighborhood, all of whom were excited to see them succeed. Afraid we won’t be back.

    Miss Fahlstrom's in that spot. Fish Bar ain't what it used to be either, oh well.

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