Tacoma (finally) Gets Real Fish & Chips
The new St. Helens Cafe (203 Tacoma Avenue S. in the Stadium District) offers the real deal. Hand battered fish with the batter made fresh daily. (English style so the batter puffs nicely when it cooks.) Good fries and soups as well. St. Helens cafe is a nice addition to the Tacoma food scene and one that's long overdue.
As it's only a few blocks away from my home and right next to my second home (Doyle's Public House :), you can be sure that I will be visiting ASAP! My husband and I plan to go together tomorrow evening, so if anyone heads there tonight, please let me know how it is!
We tried the place last night. Very well prepared fish. Nice staff too. They offer a 100% sirloin burger which I'll have to try next time.
Okay, so we checked it out. Not bad! Portions were sizable; fish was cooked perfectly in a great batter. Not greasy at all. The "chips" were a bit disappointing as I would have like something at little more unique to pair with the outstanding fish. Having run of the mill fries next to that good of fish is like putting ketchup on prime rib! Overall the place rocked. Clean, not cluttered, nice staff. I look forward to checking out their sirloin burgers too, and their pastas which they claim are fantastic. Sounds like I have a good weekend lunch place for the next few weekends!
On a side note, they should really put up some signage on St. Helens that tells people to enter from the back side of the building. The entrance is actually on Tacoma Ave I think. Saw several couples trying to get in but had no idea where to go.