New restaurant, The Fish, to open in the old Café Maya space

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The Fish is a fast-casual seafood concept from neighborhood resident Christopher Stanford that is expected to open Aug. 2 on West Jefferson at Polk.

Stanford, who worked at the Dream Café for 15 years, says he looked for a restaurant space on West Davis for over a year.

“Every time something came up, it was gone,” he says.

When the former Café Maya space became available earlier this year, he snapped it up.

“Just being the 12th Mexican food place on the block just wasn’t going to cut it,” he says. “But I thought we were primed for a casual, economic seafood place that is family friendly.”

The Fish’s menu will include fried catfish with sweet potato fries, grilled salmon, tilapia fish tacos, Mexican shrimp cocktail and crab-meat hush puppies. All of the sauces will be made in-house, Stanford also plans a burger made from ground skirt steak, as well as a mac and cheese with gruyere, white cheddar and sharp cheddar. He plans to have an oyster bar when they’re in season.

The menu will be in the $9-per-person range. A grand opening is planned for Aug. 2-3, with complimentary beer and wine.

Stanford has lived in Oak Cliff for eight years, and he grew up in Red Bird.


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  • Joey

    I hope they do not use Tilapia. Typically all is farm-raised and in horrible conditions… Which means for bad eats.

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  • Tomas

    The space will work and will get regular customers from the neighborhood if we can eat there on a day-to-day basis (so it’s not just a weekend or special night place). This means (a) the price point works (which it looks like it will) and (b) there are enough guilt free items that you can eat there on a Tuesday night and then Thursday again and not feel bad! (great salads, peel and eat shrimp, ceviche, grilled fish, grilled vegetables, homemade soups, great veggie sandwiches (like The Natural from Quinn), etc. Cheap beer night works too! Good luck!

  • Lesli

    I wish him luck, the space seems to be a bit snakebit, but I’ll definitely check it out!
    :)