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Sep 1, 2006 10:49 PM

The Boat House, Bodega Bay

Monday's lunch was a stop at The Boat House on Hwy 1 in Bodega Bay. My first visit, it's Sharuf's favorite for fish and chips.

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In addition to a some seating inside, an overhang shades an outdoor dining area. Since it was cold and foggy out, I took a seat inside after ordering and paying at the counter. The view from indoors faces back toward the coastal route, and if you look down, you'll spot the mound of discarded oyster shells.

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The fish and chips, $8.95, set a very good standard. Yet, I'd have to agree with Emily that while the beer batter is light and crispy, it's just a bit too oil-soaked, clean and fresh oil while that may be. The rockfish is quite fresh even though not local. I was especially impressed by the french fries, nice waxy smooth texture and fried to a golden crisp, in a year when the potato crop has let us down. The tartar sauce was also worth noting, thick and fresh-tasting with a savory bit of pimento.

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I would certainly return here. However, I've not given up the hunt for something better.

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  1. If you're looking for fish & chips and are on the Coastside, Ketch Joanne in Princeton serves a great halibut & chips, or did when we were last there around 3 years ago. Thin, crispy, nongreasy batter. They're right next to the pier.

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    1. re: Steve Green

      Would anyone care to compare Ketch Joanne with Barbara's Fish Trap (in the other part of Princeton by the Sea)?

      1. re: Mick Ruthven

        Also around 3 years ago, I went to Barbara's a few times--one meal was good, but the last time it was so bad I won't return. Poor quality fish and not-the-best work in the kitchen. Nice setting, though.

    2. I also had a good experience at Ketch Joanne a few years ago. I do think that the simpler things (like fish'n chips) are the best to stick with, however. My wife had something in a sauce and it wasn't as good as the fried seafood platter that I had. Also had good pie there!

      1. When they get the local catch, the Boat Houses's fried fish is truly memorable. However there have been local fishing restrictions that force them to get their rock fish from elsewhere. Ask.

        I like their fried oysters, too, although this is probably not the season for them.

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        1. re: Sharuf

          When I asked at the counter, at least they were honest that the rock fish wasn't local. Also that none of the other seafood was either that day.

        2. Last week we found our way out to Bodega Bay for a late lunch .... it was Monday so a lot of places were closed but not the Boat House. The fish 'n chips were a good cure for our hunger pangs. The fish was moist and the coating was crisp and thin and yet still a bit more oily than the best f&c I've enjoyed. You won't walk away hungry from this meal. The cole slaw was cold and mildly sweet - a nice counterpoint to the f&c. I asked for the fries to be fried a bit more and I'm glad that I did .... they were nicely crispy on the outside. Didn't tast like double fried but good for frozen (probably) fries.

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          1. re: gordon wing

            I was there on Sunday. Here's my post,

            Boat House
            1445 N Hwy 1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923

          2. The Boat House at Bodega Bay

            UPDATE: MAY 2012...Went to The Boat House at Bodega Bay for Lunch. Had Fish & Chips and a Clam Chowder in a bread bowl. The tab was about $19 before the tip - well worth it - huge portions (2 adults shared both items - we left stuffed). Tiny little place - very simple casual atmosphere (but had fresh tulips at every table!) and fantastic friendly service. The Fish was delicious - tasted very fresh, had a nice crispy batter, fries were probably frozen but cooked perfectly - and the clam chowder had nice pieces of clam in it and the bread used for the bowl was above average for a bread bowl. Our food was served piping hot which was really nice on a lovely windy day.

            I'd definitely hit this place again for a quick casual bite - what this place lacks in fancy atmosphere is definitely balanced by the warmth and welcoming vibe of the owner a (lady) who served us, and just the good straightforward food.

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            1. re: DpBluSea

              Great to have an update, thanks! If you're a squid eater, do give the fried calamari a try next time.

              I stopped by in February during the Chowder Day competition. The Boat House serving station was decked out in red.

              Clam chowder was good and had the nicest presentation, but couldn't topple my favorite from Spud Point.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Thanks for the tip - will definitely try the Calamari, too, next time!