Day of the Week: Saturday, 8/25
Total Bill: $65 (before tip)
Breakdown: 2 beers each (8 total), 2 smoked fish spread, 1 smoked mahi platter, 1 burger
Pros: AMAZING FOOD
Cons: Cash only, limited menu, limited indoor seating, closed Tuesdays, closes early (7:30 PM)
Verdict: I’ll go back even though I don’t live anywhere near there!
I went for a beach day with three girlfriends (hubby was at work), which included a post-beach stop at Ted Peter’s. Two of the other girls had been there many times before and after going I felt really stupid that I had never been before. Ted Peter’s is an institution. It’s been open (in the same location) since 1951 and is still family owned and run.
I will forewarn you: this place has quirks. They are cash only. They will not serve you beer unless you order food. They will only serve 4 beers per person. They only serve beer period. And only one kind of beer is on draft (MGD). They are closed Tuesdays and they close early (7:30). They have very little indoor seating and the menu revolved around smoked fish in various forms (spread, platter, sandwiches, etc.). But what they do they do awesome.
The smoked fish spread is probably the best I’ve ever had. Some other spreads get overwhelmed by the onion, mayo, etc. but this spread tastes like smoked fish. The smoked mahi was incredible and definitely large enough for two people to share. All the smoked fish platters come with a side of their hot German potato salad. I’m not even a German potato salad fan as a rule but this stuff was incredible. I could eat a whole tub of it. We got the burger to share too because one of the ladies had heard their burgers are fantastic but of course when you go to Ted Peter’s you just have to get fish. The burger also did not disappoint. Their burgers don’t have bells and whistles (just like everything else) but the meat is perfectly seasoned and cooked and the bun is buttered and toasted. Killer combo. The food was so good I got a half pint each of the spread and German potato salad to take home to my mom, who also loved it.
A note about the smoked mullet: everyone says the flavor is incredible. So why did we get the mahi? Because mullet has lots of bones. If you don’t like picking around bones, get the mahi or salmon.
Ted Peter’s is the perfect beach hangout. Most of the seating is outside at picnic tables, so if you’re sandy or wet no one cares. The beer is served in frosty mugs. If you’re going to the beach in the South Pasadena/Gulfport area, make sure you stop at Ted Peter’s. I plan to go back and take my mom next time, even if I’m not going to the beach.