The Fish Market is in South Liberty on 291 highway at 1120 E Old State Rt 210, Liberty MO 64068. This is an unassuming place that is understandably confused as either a bait shop or fishery supply store. I personally thought it was a tackle shop on the way to Fountain Bluff sports complex for years until I heard some neighbors raving about their catfish and hush puppies.
The Fish Market is a very casual, quirky, Cajun influenced, Johnny Buffet style land shark seafood dinner. The decor is a heavily themed atmosphere of a seaside margaritaville dive. A full bar makes this a tempting place to enjoy for the entire evening.Parking is limited so come early. The menu has a wide variety including Cajun staples like Jambalaya, Red Beans & Rice, Gumbo and lots of gulf style seafood treats like shrimp Po-boys, fried catfish and shrimp. Unique offerings can make this an adventurous meal with featured frog legs, fried okra, gizzards, and fried conch. The Fish Market also includes a good selection of BBQ items. Most importantly the fries and hush puppies do NOT taste like the same breading as the fish.
A great appetizer is always appreciated and The Fish Market didn’t disappoint with the best fried pickles in town. These are excellently seasoned fried pickles with flaky crust. Another great treat were the delicious hushpuppies and the wide selection tabletop dipping sauces. The menu also includes deli sandwiches, a fun kids menu and several awesome salads including a feta cranberry walnut salad and Greek salad with Calamari.
We don’t talk about it often, but Kansas City is not a seafood town. Obviously geographical considerations leave us high and dry when it comes to the delights of the sea. If you are from the coast, or travel, then you are likely already aware of the limitations. There are a few places around town with a great seafood dish, and we have a few good sushi options, but there is not a destination style seafood restaurant in town. Gulf seafood is a delicious and a seafood style that is celebrated at Liberty Fish Shack.