Staff Photo: Rachel Shirey. The Fisherman's Bucket in Duluth serves, front right, grilled shrimp salad, back right, the grilled chicken tender sandwich (seasoned chicken tenders with vegetables, pesto dressing and ranch dressing) and their bucket special (includes crab, shrimp and crawfish).
2205 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 130, Duluth
• Open since: June
• Location: Situated off Pleasant Hill Road between the intersection of Old Norcross Road and Satellite Boulevard amongst stores such as Toys ‘R’ Us and Staples.
Grilled Shrimp Salad: Grilled jumbo shrimp, garden salad, tomato, cucumber, spring salad mix, baby spinach, Spanish onion, Parmesan cheese, and choice of dressing. Served with garlic bread and a beverage. $8.75
Grilled Chicken Tender Sandwich: Seasoned grilled chicken tenders, grilled mushrooms, Boston lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, sliced pickle, lettuce, pesto dressing, ranch dressing. Served with garlic bread and a beverage. $7.25
• Blue Crab (1 lb), Crawfish (1 lb), Shrimp (1 lb), Side (1). $20.95
• Dungeness Crab (1 lb), Snow Crab (1/2 lb), Shrimp ( 1⁄2 lb), Crawfish (1 lb), Sides (2). $36.95
Sides include French fries, cajun fries, sweet potato fries, cole slaw, corn on the cob, onion rings sweet corn puffs, garlic bread and baked potato.
• Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. Sundays.
• Owner: Bruce Lam is one of many partners at the Fisherman’s Bucket. As a second generation refugee, Lam came to the United States in 1980 and always had a passion for food. He began working in the food industry at the age of 11 and decided it was his niche. This led to him opening multiple food establishments across the U.S.
• Atmosphere: Lam said not only did he want a family-oriented feel but also a casual one because “you have to get your hands dirty” when you eat at Fisherman’s Bucket. Upon entry customers are given the choice to dine inside or outside on the patio.
The dining room is decorated according to a fishing theme with props such as fishing nets and various sea critters. When you walk into Fisherman’s Bucket, you almost feel like you’ve walked off the beach into a seafood restaurant. Low and high-top dining tables and booths are spread throughout with enough windows to give it a comfy but intimate feel.
The patio has low-top tables with an open view of the plaza.
• The menu: Fisherman’s Bucket offers fresh seafood at an affordable price. Lam said that a lot of seafood restaurants tend to use frozen or precooked items and felt that Gwinnett needed a place where people could get fresh seafood. What also makes this establishment different is the signature sauce used to boil the seafood, whereas, according to Lam, most restaurants steam their products which takes away a lot of the flavor and juices. The crabs, lobsters and shrimps are boiled in their special secret sauce.
The most popular item is the Hot and Juicy Jumbo Shrimp. Lam said that the hardest part of the menu was educating the customers on the concept of the Hot and Juicy sauce. He said that he wanted people to step out of their zone and so far they have been very receptive to the concept.
The lunch menu is a little more diverse than the regular menu, offering more than seafood. It has a variety of salads, sandwiches and burgers.
• Things you might not know: Within the next 3 to four weeks, the restaurant will have obtained its liquor license. During this time, a concert will be held in the parking lot where free seafood will be available. Check out the website for more details.