We in the Midwest, like those in South Australia, live in a region where we’re fortunate enough to have an abundance of good raw materials. Putting those excellent products on the plate, with less intervention, is a welcome trend – and it’s a way of cooking (and shopping!) that is within reach of many of us.
What I admire about Dirk’s Fish and Gourmet Shop is the quality of the fish and seafood, the reasonable prices (though high quality is never low priced), and the effort Dirk makes to source sustainable seafood. His selections in the display case include information about where the fish came from, how it was caught, and whether it has MSC certification.
In Australia last November, I had a chance to visit the Pure Coffin Bay Oyster processing facility in South Australia. It was enlightening. My guess is that people on both coasts are probably very familiar with oyster farming strategies; for me, it was a new experience.
What Goldyburgers has going for it is atmosphere. Now, it may not be the atmosphere you like, and Yelp puts Goldyburgers in their “dive bar” category, but as my wife, Carolyn, said, “You can feel that this is the kind of place that has had generations of people come through it.”