What's the Catch at Benkovitz Seafoods? Freshness

By Harrop, JoAnne Klimovich | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 8, 2008 | Go to article overview

What's the Catch at Benkovitz Seafoods? Freshness


Harrop, JoAnne Klimovich, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


If you're in the mood for fresh fish -- and you want it fast -- forget about casting into the Allegheny River.

A perfect catch is at Benkovitz Seafoods restaurant in the Strip District.

"Benkovitz has always been known for its fried fish sandwich," executive chef and general manager of operations Devenee Schumacher says. "But we want it to also be known as a gourmet eatery, with great gourmet food, that you can get fast. Really, you can get a home-cooked meal here in five to 10 minutes."

And without spending an exorbitant amount of time or money, either.

The famous fried fish sandwich Schumacher is talking about costs $6.95. It also can be prepared in a broiler, Cajun style, or curried for an additional dollar. Other menu items include coconut shrimp with mango sauce ($4.95), fish 'n chips ($7.95), a tuna steak sandwich ($9.95) and don't forget there's a special every day ($9.95).

That's just a snippet of the extensive menu.

Daily deliveries allow Benkovitz to stock more than 20 types of fish and seafood selections which guarantee the freshest products and allow for accommodating special catering and party needs. This restaurant is a fish lover's dream.

"You tell me what you want, and I will make it," Schumacher says. "Some people like small shrimp, some like large. Some want to have the tails on, and others want them off, so we talk with the customer, and we put something together that will work for them. Because I want them to be happy whether they choose to dine here or take it to go."

If they choose to eat in, seating is available in the restaurant and outside.

New ownership added tables and chairs to the stand-and-eat areas for indoor dining and additional seating outdoors where a grill will be fired up all summer. …

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