When Don Disraeli and his wife, Randee, turned their attention to seafood retail in 1983, they considered more than their love of tasty fish. Drawing upon his PhD in Biology and her stint as a Scripps Institute of Oceanography researcher, the duo worked to ensure that each aspect of their business would be environmentally sustainable. Those standards are still upheld today, as Kanaloa Seafood remains one of the only North American and European seafood companies environmentally certified by the International Organization of Standardization.
Environmentally responsible fisheries supply the Disraelis with sushi-grade fish, which cutters clean and slice behind large viewing windows at Kanaloa Seafood’s Santa Barbara and Napa storefronts. The succulent cuts are then sustainably packaged inside recyclable corrugated boxes. Every Monday to Friday, guests can procure fish ranging from wild-caught black cod to Hawaiian ahi tuna. Patrons who are unsure of what to pick from the vast assortment will be greeted by a knowledgable staff member who will assist in picking out an ideal choice. Kanaloa Seafood also distributes a variety of marinades, rubs, oils, and sauces, as well as prepared dishes from the staff chef.
Every day, fish are plucked from the ocean and delivered straight to the door of Scott's Seafood Grill and Bar. They may fly hundreds of miles to get there, but that's just the first leg of the journey. Once in the kitchen, the fish are seasoned, grilled, fried, and poached by chefs who are known for their creative streak. Some of their more innovative preparations include swordfish coated in a spicy jerk seasoning and oysters topped with creamed spinach and Pernod, but they can also fry a beer-battered cod with the best of them. The bartenders are no slouches, either; their extensive drink menu includes wines from local vineyards, microbrews, dessert drinks, and chasers of fresh seawater.
A mural of a fire truck covers an entire wall at Firehouse Crawfish, a nod to the kitchen’s spice-measuring system, which classifies heat by “degrees” from zero to third and beyond. These spices and other seasonings flavor Firehouse’s signature seafood, from fried catfish to butterflied shrimp. The restaurant also serves shellfish such as shrimp, mussels, and its eponymous red and blue crawfish by the pound. Flat-screen televisions anchor the dining-room walls above retro-styled booths upholstered with plush red and white stripes.
Anthony's Italian Cuisine treats guests to homey Italian-American feasts of sautéed chicken, baked veal, eggplant pasta, and freshly baked pizzas. Diners chow down on pie slices topped with fresh basil and cheese, or munch on pasta plates of shrimp Florentine, beef-filled tortellini, and baked mostacolli. Families eat surrounded by a simple, cozy space filled with red-checked tablecloths and old photos on the walls.
Recognized time and again as one of Sacramento's finest fish markets, Fins Market & Grill slaps down never-frozen filets of swordfish, salmon, mahi-mahi, and catfish. Catering to those looking to fill their own larders as well as those in search of a quick bite, the fishmongers preside over a menu of fish tacos, seafood salads and sandwiches, and hearty entrees with scalloped potatoes or rice pilaf as well as their brimming fish market. Flown in from across the country daily, the bistro's selection gives guests access to seafood freshness and diversity without the burden of living on a houseboat captained by Ernest Hemmingway.