Jack Mathers is a Seattle native who hasn’t minded the fish scales on his hands (and on his shoes, and in his truck, and all over his house) for the past twenty-five years. After working on fishing boats in Alaska and in fish processing plants, he started Jack’s Fish Spot in Seattle’s Madison Park.
Jack Through the Years
His first grass-roots marketing effort was a door-to-door campaign, featuring a coupon for fresh Dungeness crab at two dollars a pound. The Spot later moved to historic Pike Place Market where Jack has been daily since 1982.
Jack’s Fish Spot is always a bustling scene of crab pots, shellfish tanks, and salmon on ice with Jack acting as a combination between an air traffic controller and a ringmaster. The Spot features the best in Northwest seafood delicacies – Dungeness Crab, Littleneck or Manila Clams, Sockeye, King, and Silver Salmon, Quilcene Oysters, Halibut, and Penn Cove Mussels, to name a few.
More than Just Fish
After customers have selected their seafood to take home, they can swing around back to enjoy the seafood bar, where Jack has put together a sensational menu including fish n’ chips, steamed clams and mussels, Northwest-style clam chowder, Cioppino, and seafood cocktails topped with a generous dollop of Jack’s special spicy cocktail sauce.
All the seafood for the menu comes straight off the ice and into Jack’s special recipes that were developed at the original Jack’s Fish Spot back in 1980 (see picture). Despite all the oceanic chaos, customers are likely to have Jack himself weigh their clams, filet their salmon, offer serving suggestions, or help select a piece of his alder-smoked salmon.
Acclaim from Top Websites, Blogs and Magazines
The charm of Jack and this seafood market has not gone unnoticed – Jack’s Fish Spot was selected as an Editor’s Choice Pick in Seattle Weekly’s Best of Seattle issue. Alaska Airlines Magazine named Jack’s one of the 10 Undiscovered Treasures of Seattle, and it is also covered in the August issue of W Magazine. Click here to take a look at a few of his accolades.
One little known fact: Jack is also a talented musician who has been gigging around Seattle for many years. If you drop into one of the many small coffee shops and local bars, you might hear Jack with a couple of his buddies doing a few of his songs and maybe a cover or two. Click here to take a closer look at Jack’s current album.
“Over the years, our motto remains: Fresh Fish at a Fair Price,” said Jack, while breaking up a crab fight. “That’s why we attract regular local customers as well as the tourists at Pike Place.” With a friendly staff and seafood at its freshest, Jack and Jack’s Fish Spot truly captures the essence of the Northwest.