Fish is Delish, But Clam is my Jam

Back at my holy grail of eats, Reading Terminal, I wanted to try a more random, less frequented spot for lunch. Wan’s Seafood sells a lot of… well, seafood clearly. But most of what they sell is fish to take home and make yourself. They also do platters and sandwiches of fried seafood, which was just what I was in the mood for. Considering I was a person who rarely ate fish a few years ago, I sure do love me some fried fish in my old age. I ordered the flounder platter, which was fried up fast. Too fast for me to yell- STOP, when I noticed that clam strips were on the menu. I was super bummed out; a fried clam strip platter is even more awesome than fried fish in my eyes. Luckily, the fish held its own and my day was not ruined.

Three big fillets of flounder came over  pile of crinkle fries. The platters are listed as coming with salad, but that salad is actually cole slaw. I took advantage of the hot sauce on the counter and was given packets of tartar sauce to-go. I don’t know why but packaged tartar sauce creeps me out;  I would have much preferred a little container of it.  The fish itself was very clean. The fry was simple and my fish-sensitive taste buds picked up no trace of unfreshness.  The whole platter is only $6.

It is tough to compare this with the $7 fish sandwich combo at Pearl’s, also in Reading Terminal. Pearl’s has the benefit of the soup and a soda coming with the sandwich (and their tartar was in a to-go container). But Wan’s gives you more fish and a lighter fry. And it isn’t exactly soup weather right now … Tough call

I might be perseverating but I have to again mention that for the same $6 price tag I could have had a 1/2 pound of clam strips. Until I get over there for Wan’s clams, can someone do me a favor and check them out so that I might live vicariously through your experience? K, thanks.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • Cleanly fried fish platter for a good price
  • They have clam strips on the menu for only $6!

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • Cole slaw aint no salad
  • Tartar sauce packets are conceptually icky

Wan’s Seafood, 12th and Arch St, 215 925 9028



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