Kidney Diet Tips

Dining out Successfully at Mitchell’s Fish Market

I recently went to Mitchell’s Fish Market in Livonia, Michigan. Mitchell’s is known for having high quality seafood options. At restaurants that specialize in seafood, it can be easy to find choices that are high in protein. For dialysis patients, eating high quality protein like that found in seafood may help albumin to trend upwards. Here are some of my top picks off Mitchell’s Fish Market menu:


  • Seared Ahi Tuna
  • Shrimp Cocktail

Lunch and Dinner Options:

  • Baked or griller and blackened tilapia or whitefish
  • Cedar planked salmon
  • Filet mignon
  • Fisherman’s Platter: cod, scallops, shrimp
  • Live Main lobster
  • Lobster tails
  • Mitchell’s Market Trio: broiled salmon, crab cake, shrimp, rice and asparagus
  • Smoked Mahi Mahi


  • Asparagus
  • House salad
  • Grilled vegetables: zucchini, carrots
  • Rice
  • Stir-fry vegetables

Red Flags to Look for on Fish Market Menus

Make sure to watch out for cream-based soups such as lobster bisque and clam chowder. These tend to be higher in sodium and phosphorus. Dishes made with Alfredo or cream based sauces, such as the the shrimp and crab penne Alfredo or lobster mac and cheese are also higher in phosphorus. Fried food and cream-based dressings such as blue cheese, Caesar or Ranch  are also red flags for high phosphorus. Lastly, watch out for potatoes because they are high in potassium. Rice is a great low potassium substitute.

Pictured above is what I ended up picking out at Mitchell’s. I chose the cedar planked salmon that had a balsamic vinaigrette and a little bit of goat cheese on top. It was paired with lower potassium vegetables grilled asparagus, bell pepper and zucchini. This ended up being a dish that I would highly recommend. Next time you venture out to a seafood restaurant check out these tips to help make dining out on a kidney diet easier.

Share your own experiences eating out successfully at your favorite fish market restaurant.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Consult your physician and dietitian regarding your specific diagnosis, treatment, diet and health questions.

Deanna Denny, RD

Deanna Denny, RD

Deanna Denny is currently a DaVita renal dietitian and has worked in the dietetics field for over 5 years. She is an avid foodie; loves exploring foods from all sorts of areas and cultures. She has a one year old Australian shepherd named Ace who means the world to her. She's a huge animal lover. She also enjoys traveling and spending time at home with her boyfriend and puppy.