Sharon Hadley is known around these parts as the “fish lady” as she as been supplying fish to local merchants and locals for decades. She and her family are hard working locals who have evolved her business, Fish Lady of Soquel, over the years to become much more than your average seafood house, stocking fine choice beef, local sausages, frozen and fresh sand dabs which I personally love to buy and bring home and sauté” a couple few up and a large selection of local wine.
Have you heard about her wine tasting, bar-b-que and music that happens each Friday evening all year long. Local and mainly California wineries have their winemaker or one of their distributors pour a selection of their wine for you and you can learn about their vineyard, new selections most often with a local flavor.
The venue is unique located in a parking lot setting at 2510 Main Street in Soquel next to the newest local hang for beer drinkers called “Beer Thirty”. and across the way after a funfest at the fish lady you can stroll over to “Michaels on Main”” for some Friday evening dancing and some more fun.
Now that you know where it’s located, let me share with you one of the most special parts of going to the fish lady on Friday night. Mike her husband is the lead singer, arranger, keyboard and procession player for his band that plays from about 6-8 or so each night. Mike has one of those voices that could easily be on a reality singing show, and he would be a contender. Popular tunes perfect for sipping wine, and having some bar-b-que which is grilled up by his father “Pop” and they have their weekly standards to include: corralitos sausages, angus beef burgers, (about $5 bucks each) and you can select anything from the market case and they will grill that up for you also from steaks to scallops, done the way you like it.
And there is more, as fall approaches Sharon cooks up some tasty jambalaya, and she also makes some nice cheese and fruit plates, smoked salmon plates and I know I am missing some treats but you get the idea. It’s a locals hang where the occasional jewelry or crafts vender will set up a table for you to buy something special for yourself or a nice gift for family or friends.
Right next door is also a great fruit market, that has organic and local vegetables, to compliment your shopping experience. Should I mention that across the street is a nice gas station, so if you go that corner of Soquel, you can sip wine, listen to music, drink specialty beers, dance at 2 locations, shop for quality fish and meats, and get your organic veggies, gas up and be ready to come back next Friday as the show goes on again.
Tell them their groupie fan Mark sent you and they will charge you extra (: or just check it out sometime and say Hi to Judy and I….we’ll be one of the first on the dance floor.
Here is their website http://www.thefishladysoquel.com/ here is the one for Michaels on Main http://www.michaelsonmain.net/ and here is the veggie market yelp rating http://www.yelp.com/biz/sunnyside-produce-soquel.