Greetings and hello, Flying Fish community. Cap’n Lyf and Chef Erik have returned from Hells Canyon and Brad the Email Guy has returned from Phishin’ in Atlantic City. Lyf and his family have subsequently gone fishin’ in Alaska along with a number of folks in the Flying Fish family. They’re casting lines for wild Alaska fishes: salmon, halibut, cod, oh yeah. Go git it, Miles. But this email? It’s happening – in fact you’re reading it.
Pictured above and on our patio and at all three Lardo locations: The CHEFWICH. This collabo sando with Chef Rick at Lardo features local albacore tuna lightly seared, smothered with fish sauce chimmichurri, house aioli, and pickled onions on a Dos Hermanos Bakery brioche bun. Order here and get it with oysters. Order there and get it with dirty fries. Part of the proceeds will be donated to our friends at Save Our Wild Salmon. There is no way to lose – unless you snooze. It’s only available through August, which *checks calendar* has 10 days left. Tick tick. *makes Dame Time motion*
Speaking of, shoutout to Fox12 Good Day Oregon for the Chefwich love! Watch it HERE.
And shoutout to the LA Times for the love in their recent profile of the PDX food scene. Read it HERE. (Also check out the package design at @tofuhomestyle.)
The local oyster sitch is still in post-heat dome regroup, so we’re all stocked on East Coasties and New Zealies. As usual, inventory varies by day. For best results, come on by. Following are some other things you might expect to see in our little slice of heaven at 30th & Burnside…
Woof. That’s the Chefwich “before” shot. Photo by Dylan.
Ain’t no party like an Oregon Albacore party cos the Oregon Albacore party don’t stop. Well, until it does, when the season’s over. But in season? Let’s party. Dylan Santos Green took us some snazzy photos of the Chefwich and other selections on our menu, so the newsletter photo library is hella stocked. Pictured here is a nice cut of local Albacore Tuna loin, seasoned and ready for action. You can make your own at home, mix and match ingredients, or just slice it raw, dip it (or don’t!), and send that sumbitch down your gullet. As sushi as you wanna be. It’s Oregon Albacore party time, and if that alone doesn’t scratch your tuna itch, may we suggest the Hawaiian Yellowfin? Or our house Tuna Niçoise, pictured below? We may and we will.
FRESH FISH AS OF
SATURDAY AUGUST 21ST
Albacore Tuna* – wild, Pacific Ocean (Oregon) →
Chinook Salmon – wild, tribal caught, Columbia River
Coho Salmon – wild, Pacific Ocean (Alaska)
Halibut – wild, Pacific Ocean (Alaska)
Rainbow Trout – sustainable farm-raised, Idaho
Rockfish – wild, Pacific Ocean (Oregon)
Steelhead – sustainable farm-raised, Washington
Yellowfin Tuna* – wild, Pacific Ocean (Hawaii)
* – Sushi-grade fish
NOW THAT’S A SPECIAL OYSTER SPECIAL
But it, as with all our products, is subject to change. Photo by Dylan.
Ahhh, subject to change. Ain’t that life. You may find yourself with a berry kombucha snow with pickled Fresno chili and beet micro green. (Pictured above, that was earlier this week.) You may find yourself with fermented pineapple tepache, chili oil, cilantro and cucumber. (Not pictured here, but on the menu this weekend.) These fancy concoctions come atop two East Cape oysters, two for $9, or half a dozen for $24. They fancy, and they deeelicious.
And you may ask yourself, can I try this at home? Sure, and you can even try it on half a dozen oyster varieties. Letting the days go by. Let the water hold me down.
FRESH OYSTERS AS OF SATURDAY AUGUST 21ST
Coromandel – New Zealand
East Cape – Prince Edward Island
Fairhaven – Massachusetts
Island Creek – Massachusetts
Wellfleet – Massachusetts
Whaleback – Maine
Perhaps a coconut green curry is what you need. (Photo by Natalie. Styling by Matthew.)
I want all I can get. I want mussels, mussels, mussels. With apologies to Diana Ross.
FRESH SHELLFISH AS OF SATURDAY AUGUST 21ST
Mussels – sustainable farm-raised, Washington
Manila Clams – sustainable farm-raised, Washington
For dining here or to-go. Menu updated July 2021.
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Lyf Gildersleeve and the Flying Fish Team: Alana, Boo-boo, Chris, Danny, Elowynn, Erik, Isabelle, Jack, Jae, Jesse, Jordan, Kenneth, Kevin, Luis, Mad Dog, Madeline, Mike, Neebs, Ross, Ryan P, Ryan S, Sam, Sarah, Sawyer, Tara, Trever, Wyatt, and Brad
INSTAGRAM JAM OF THE WEEK
Super duper thank you to everyone who came on the Hells Canyon rafting trip, to @portlandfoodadv for putting it together for us, and to @pennsyown for this in-the-moment pic of Chef Erik and Cap’n Lyf (with trout) in situ.
ABOUT FLYING FISH
Craig and Sandy Gildersleeve opened Flying Fish Company in Sandpoint, Idaho in 1979 – the year before their son Lyf was born.
Now president of Flying Fish Company, Lyf has spent his entire life around fish, including an aquaculture education at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University.
Flying Fish has three locations: Sandpoint, Idaho; Durango, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon. The Portland location opened in 2009 as a food cart at the D Street pod on Division Street. In 2011, we opened the fish shack on Hawthorne Boulevard. In 2016, we moved into a stand at Providore Fine Foods on Sandy Boulevard. In February 2020, we opened our standalone location on East Burnside with a restaurant and a patio.
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Thank you for supporting our family-owned business.
—Lyf, Natalie, Juniper, and Miles Gildersleeve (and Hazel the Dog)
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PHOTO BY NATALIE GILDERSLEEVE PHOTOGRAPHY: The Gildersleeves go to Alaska.