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foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 04:55 PM

I'm looking for the best fish & chips in the Bay Area - anyone have any recommendations?

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    chemchef RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 05:10 PM

    We recently had fish and chips at Sear's Fine Foods that were pretty darned good. I don't know if they're the best, but my husband and I were both impressed by both the taste and the value. I've also heard that Sea Salt (on San Pablo, Berkeley) has good fish and chips, but I haven't been there yet.

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      Gary Soup RE: chemchef Apr 20, 2007 10:01 AM

      Very recently? According to this week's Tablehopper, Sears recently hired a new Executive Chef who is supercharging the menu. Maybe things are looking up for this well-located institution.

      http://www.tablehopper.com/newsletter...

      (Read fast -- looks like the link will expire in a few days and I couldn't find a permalink)

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        chemchef RE: Gary Soup Apr 20, 2007 10:47 AM

        My husband and I went to Sear's recently and had the fish and chips. The only bad thing I have to say about them is that they give you way too much food! Otherwise, the fish was fresh and crispy and delicious and they allowed me to substitue the fries with sweet potato fries, which I love. Also substituted the tarragon tartar sauce with the harissa aioli. All in all, a very memorable meal. The new chef seems to be doing quite well, however we did see several people come in, sit down, look at the menu, and leave while we were there. It happened so many times that my husband and I decided to ask the waitress what was up. She said that since the arrival of the new chef, they have made the menu a little more "upscale" and thus raised the prices just a bit, but they hadn't gotten around to updating it on the internet yet, so people were a little surprised I guess.

        Anyway, I'd say that they're just going through a transition period, but their food is top notch from what I can tell. I just wouldn't go there expecting a burger and fries so to speak.

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          ML8000 RE: chemchef Apr 20, 2007 11:08 AM

          The move to more upscale makes sense. From the Chron's report when the new owner who took over, he could only afford to take Sear's on by making it profitable (obviously) and that included serving dinner, which it never did before.

          The comments I heard after it went to dinner service was it only so-so and no one really went for dinner, only breakfast, so something had to be done. I'm guessing they haven't changed the breakfast menu much. I only go to Sears w/ visitors, like every other year, but I always liked the breakfast. I'll have to check out the F&C if I'm around there.

    2. rob133 RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 05:19 PM

      O'Neils Irish Pub in North Beach do pretty dish fish, but the chips are way to overcooked and crispy for my liking. Fish and chips is a dish I've struggled to find a really good version off. Actually it is likely as I prefer that slightly soggy texture you get from fish and chips that are wrapped up in paper and carried home after a night of drinking.

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        grishnackh RE: rob133 Mar 14, 2007 05:28 PM

        Rob, if you like fish and chips wrapped in paper, go to Edinburgh Castle. You can order fish and chips from a shop around the corner. Your order will be walked over, wrapped in newsprint about 10-20 minutes later. You can wash it all down with a pint of delicious beer from the Castle.

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          Neilo RE: grishnackh Mar 14, 2007 09:55 PM

          The newspaper adds hardly any flavor to the heavy, undercooked batter. If you peel off the clay-like substance the fish is pretty good.
          Woodhouse is my current favorite. Great fish, and even though the fry is too cool to cut down on the grease, the fries are medium cut and crispy. The tartar tastes good to me.

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        yerioy RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 05:20 PM

        Try Cook's in Menlo Park. They use halibut for the standard pieces of fish, but there are a lot of options. I also like the salmon salad.

        Cook's Seafood Restaurant & Fresh Fish Market
        751 El Camino Real
        Menlo Park, CA 94025

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          David Sloo RE: yerioy Apr 20, 2007 10:01 PM

          Cook's Seafood has excellent fish and chips, and has had since I started going a dozen years ago.

          But even better -- if you'll stretch f&c to include catfish -- is the fried catfish and chips at Backayard on Willow at Newbridge, also in Menlo Park. The flavorful crumb batter is eerily delectable, and the fries are consistently acceptable.

          I haven't been as pleased with Jonathan's Fish & Chips, also on Willow in Menlo Park. Good atmosphere, but disappointing cornmeal batter, with little flavor. I did once have a very bony but flavorful piece of drum at Jonathan's long before Backayard opened.

        2. oakjoan RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 05:31 PM

          I haven't been in a few months, but Sea Salt had GREAT fish and chips last several times I was there (I or my husband or a friend ordered them).

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            chr RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 09:06 PM

            what about The Irish Bank http://www.theirishbank.com/ awesome fish and chips, place can get very loud, but fun atmosphere

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              P. Punko RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 09:50 PM

              I've never been to Jonathan's Fish and Chips on Willow in Menlo Park, but I know the jatbar guys liked it. Anyone been?

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                Melanie Wong RE: P. Punko Mar 14, 2007 10:07 PM

                Jonathan's is southern-style fried fish.
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33142...

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                Mick Ruthven RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 10:08 PM

                The best I've had anywhere is at Fish in Sausalito. It's also the most expensive I've ever had ($18). Light yet crisp batter and the potatoes were wedges of real potatoes, skin and all, crispy outside and soft inside with real potato flavor.

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                  rabaja RE: Mick Ruthven Apr 20, 2007 11:32 AM

                  The fish and chips at Fish. are very good indeed. What with the atmosphere/view and cold beer to go with it, you almost forget about the calories.

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                    steve h. RE: rabaja Jul 3, 2007 08:21 PM

                    agree. i like the fish and chips at fish. it's cool to sit at a picnic table overlooking the water, drinking beer out of a mason jar, eating way too much food and making nasty cracks about the piloting skills of boaters approaching the fuel dock (i've been known to move a dock several inches myself). deb likes the green wine, i go for the ipa.

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                  Jay H RE: foodloverinsf Mar 14, 2007 11:16 PM

                  Town Hall has awesome fish. I don't recall how the chips were, but I'm sure they were good as well.

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                    JasmineG RE: Jay H Mar 15, 2007 12:05 AM

                    I agree, Town Hall has excellent fish and chips. They tie with Sea Salt's great fish and chips for me.

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                    gourmetwannabe RE: foodloverinsf Mar 15, 2007 12:42 PM

                    Where is Town Hall?

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                      Frosty Melon RE: gourmetwannabe Mar 15, 2007 01:39 PM

                      On the corner of Howard & Fremont in San Francisco.

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                      cwujd1 RE: foodloverinsf Mar 15, 2007 01:57 PM

                      Tugboat, a fairly new place in Pleasant Hill is good (and you could buy 3 orders for $18). It's in Ellinwood. There's an Outback in the same strip mall. They call themselves "London Style." There are a couple of locations in Sacramento. Here's the menu from one of those. Pleasant Hill is pretty much the same

                      http://vme.net/svm/tugboat/

                      They seem very careful with their frying. Good place.

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                        Candice RE: cwujd1 Mar 16, 2007 12:43 PM

                        This is so old school for me. I grew up hanging out at this place. They used to make us special off the menu items, like sesame chicken. I guess I look for more sustainably fished fish these days but they were good with the fryers (I think they may use cod). Nice family too.

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                        tobze RE: foodloverinsf Mar 16, 2007 09:14 AM

                        Picadilly Fish and Chips, on Polk/Pine in the city. Good old fashioned fish and chips (and nearly whatever else you want battered and deep fried - oysters, mushrooms, zucchini, shrimp, etc) that make you feel guilty after eating it. They use some old school grease/lard/oil/fat/lipids which gives it a certain yummy (yet artery clogging) taste. Not many places make it like this anymore - the only other ones I know of around here are Old Chelsea a few blocks away closer to the TL, and a place over in Sausalito whose name I can't remember.

                        I've had the f&c at the Irish Bank a few times, and they're not bad, but they're not the same style - the batter is a bit more dry and crunchy, instead of moist yet crispy.

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                          grishnackh RE: tobze Mar 16, 2007 09:18 AM

                          Old Chelsea is the place that delivers orders to Edinburgh Castle.

                          I'd also second all the Irish Bank recommendations. That place has some fine food.

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                            ML8000 RE: tobze Apr 19, 2007 03:56 PM

                            I was near Picadilly today so I stopped in. Indeed, the fish was good, very well prepared and totally greaseless. Nice crunch but lacked texture (for lack of a better term). The chips were a little odd but not bad. They were the right size and fresh cut but they could have used a double frying. The only real downer -- $5.90 for two pieces (w/ chips) and $8.20 for three pieces (w/ chips)...and they weren't that big of pieces either. Well prepared they were however.

                          2. Chipotle RE: foodloverinsf Mar 16, 2007 11:12 AM

                            I'd throw in a recommendation for Camelot Fish & Chips in Pacifica. It's the best (apparently) authentic British-style F&C place I've been to so far.

                            I'll also confess an appreciation for Ivar's in the food court of Valley Fair Mall in San Jose. Ivar's is, I gather, a Seattle-area seafood restaurant chain and they have an inexplicable outpost at the mall there (their only non-Seattle location). Not British style at all--the batter they use is more crumb-y and very light--but I've really liked it.

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                              Atomica RE: Chipotle Mar 16, 2007 11:39 AM

                              I thought the place in Pacifica had awful fish & chips and I thought the restaurant was dirty and unpleasant.

                              I loved the fish & chips at Wilde Oscar's, which I gather has closed. Old Chelsea is pretty good. I don't dislike Weird Fish as much as other people do--the breading needs to be revamped, but the fish itself is good.

                              Now I'd really like to try The Irish Bank after reading this thread. I'd also like to try them at O'Reilly's Holy Grail.

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                                ChowFun_derek RE: Atomica Mar 16, 2007 12:26 PM

                                I'm afraid I also had a bad experience at Camelot Fish and Chips in Pacifica...definitely not "....for happy ever-aftering....!" .
                                Irish Bank does sound good...perhaps we could do a SF Lunch Chowdown there!!?

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                                  Atomica RE: ChowFun_derek Mar 16, 2007 12:37 PM

                                  A Chowdown at Irish Bank does sound like a good idea. I just looked at their menu--they have fries covered with melted blue cheese. Wow.

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                                    susancinsf RE: ChowFun_derek Apr 20, 2007 10:47 AM

                                    I'd say a late afternoon happy hour/early dinner Chowdown would be better, unless you pick a day that we don't have to go back to work...they have some nice drafts to go with the fish and chips..

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                                      Atomica RE: susancinsf Apr 20, 2007 12:28 PM

                                      An early dinner would be a great time for me too. I'm confused by the number of Yahoo lists I'm on and don't know which list to use to try to arrange it. Suggestions?

                                      We went back to Weird Fish earlier this week for lunch, and I believe they have listened to the overwhelming critique of their fish and chips. The batter on the fish is much thicker and actually stayed on the fish. (It was definitely battered. I don't believe they even used batter in the past. Looked more like a dredging in crumbs or something.) The fries were far from crisp, but were much less floppy than in the past, and my husband was happy that there were fewer sweet potato fries than in the past (I love sweet potato fries; he does not).

                                      A foodie friend whose taste I trust recently tried Napper Tandy's fish and chips and liked them very much.

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                                        chaddict RE: Atomica Apr 20, 2007 12:51 PM

                                        Napper Tandy's are very hit or miss. Sometimes they are great, other times off. FWIW, Mondays are all you can eat fish-n-chips.

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                                    grishnackh RE: Atomica Mar 16, 2007 12:37 PM

                                    Weird Fish's beer batter is pretty solid, their soy and something batter is not very good at all, however. The tilapia inside the fried shell tastes good, even if it is not my first choice of fish for fish and chips.

                                    Their chips on the other hand, leave a LOT to be desired. Limp and soggy, though not too too greasy, they definitely need an overhaul.

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                                      Atomica RE: grishnackh Mar 16, 2007 12:56 PM

                                      The regular (non-soy) batter at Weird Fish is very thin, maybe too thin, and the overwhelming majority of the Chowhound posts on Weird Fish have complained about this very thing. I see where they're coming from. I haven't had their fish & chips in a while--I've been trying other things when I go.

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                                    P. Punko RE: Chipotle Mar 16, 2007 11:41 PM

                                    Ivar's is indeed a Seattle institution. I have had the clam strips at the Valley Fair location, and they are better than anything I've had at Fisherman's Wharf. They tasted like New England fried clam strips (I don't like the fried whole ones with the big bellies, so I can't compare).

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                                      brekkie_fan RE: Chipotle Mar 18, 2007 05:28 PM

                                      i remember Camelot back in high school. Driving down Manor forEVER to get there. and there was comic book store nearby i think. They were good back then, but dunno anymore.

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                                      cathyt RE: foodloverinsf Mar 16, 2007 11:12 AM

                                      I just had some fish and chips yesterday at Kate O'Brians (located at 2nd and Market) and found them to be quite delectable. I've also heard excellent things about The Irish Bank.

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                                        luvness746 RE: foodloverinsf Mar 16, 2007 03:56 PM

                                        I've had the fish and chips at Elephant & Castle (Embarcadero). They were quite delicious.

                                        1. little big al RE: foodloverinsf Mar 16, 2007 05:05 PM

                                          Hands down best fish and chips vis a vis quality, value , view and ambience is to be had at Red's Java house on the embarcadero. The best thing on the menu. $6.95 and wash it down with a nice draft ale on the back deck.Take it from an old sailmaker, can't beat it with a fid. Free parking too.

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                                            Neilo RE: little big al Mar 16, 2007 10:00 PM

                                            What kind of draft ale do they pour at Red's?

                                          2. Chuckles the Clone RE: foodloverinsf Mar 17, 2007 10:23 AM

                                            Barclays on College Ave in Rockridge has recently served me three of the nicest
                                            plates of fish and chips I've had in years. Fresh tasting fish in a flavory and not
                                            too-anything batter and chips heading towards crispy but not quite there (which
                                            is how I like 'em). Pacific snapper in liberty ale batter, sez the menu:
                                            http://www.barclayspub.com/CurrentMen...

                                            I'd unhesitatingly recommend Barclays except for one thing: while the kitchen is
                                            working hard in the back, the bartender out front is doing his level best to make the
                                            place as absolutely inhospitable as possible for everyone except him and his four
                                            drunk friends at the bar. Cranking an odd mix of 70s hair bands and 90s grunge at
                                            full volume, nascar highlights on all four televisions also at full volume, and incessant
                                            drunk banging dice games on the bar. At dinnertime. On a Tuesday. Asking to maybe
                                            turn it down a bit does not work

                                            So there you have it -- great food in a place that wants you to go away. I hate it
                                            when that happens.

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                                              The Dive RE: Chuckles the Clone Apr 18, 2007 02:43 PM

                                              I have mixed feelings about Barclay's. Sometimes the F&C are excellent, but the last time I got them they were greasy and soggy. The kitchen has been off for a few months, in my opinion. I understand your complaints re the bartender...not the most friendly of types, but hired and retained for an incredible knowledge of beer. And that is really what is the value of Barclays--the best beer list in the Oakland/Berkeley and perhaps the E.B. I put up with the surly service, the refusal to change the channels on the tvs (even for a playoff game) and even the sometimes creepy regulars for that wonderful beautiful draft selection (and will eat elsewhere until they fix the kitchen issues and the F&C returns to its once stellar self).

                                            2. Steve Green RE: foodloverinsf Mar 17, 2007 06:41 PM

                                              Our favorite is Ketch Joanne in the Princeton harbor (near Half Moon Bay). The fish is so grease-free, it doesn't seem fried. Here's a shot of the halibut and chips (the onion rings are forgettable): http://www.citychick.com/food/halibut...

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                                                rworange RE: Steve Green Mar 17, 2007 08:58 PM

                                                You are right. I always forget about this place. And the price is good too.

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                                                  Chuckles the Clone RE: rworange Mar 17, 2007 10:31 PM

                                                  Yes! And let the Barbara's Fish Trap vs. Ketch Joanne battle commence!

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                                                Gudeater RE: foodloverinsf Mar 18, 2007 02:24 PM

                                                If you are ever in the San Bruno area south of the Tanforan Mall or west of the SFO airport, there is a F&C place called London Fish & Chips on El Camino Real. They also have fried clams, shrimp, oysters, corn dogs, etc. It's family-owned and it's pretty good.

                                                1. Robert Lauriston RE: foodloverinsf Apr 18, 2007 11:27 AM

                                                  Has anyone tried the F&C at North Beach Lobster Shack?

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                                                    virtualguthrie RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 18, 2007 02:24 PM

                                                    Johnny Foley's near Union Square, flaky and delectable.
                                                    ... and I second the mention of Woodhouse at Market & 14th St. (near Church), really good fish, nice and crispy the way I like it. I hope the last order I had there was a fluke, a little on the soggy side.

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                                                      wolverine61 RE: virtualguthrie Apr 20, 2007 08:33 PM

                                                      The usual fish are haddock cod or pollock. Fluke would be unusual.

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                                                        Gary Soup RE: wolverine61 Apr 20, 2007 08:35 PM

                                                        What he meant was that it was floundering in oil.

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                                                          wolverine61 RE: Gary Soup Apr 20, 2007 09:19 PM

                                                          Thank you Gary. My wife said I deserved that.

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                                                    Nancy Berry RE: foodloverinsf Apr 19, 2007 04:12 PM

                                                    My husband and I had really wonderful fish (cod) and chips at Parkside Cafe in Stinson Beach. The fish and potatoes were greaseless and beautifully fried. They came with excellent cole slaw and some of the best tarter sauce I've ever tasted. Also, the waitstaff were very nice and friendly.

                                                    Here's the link to the website: http://www.parksidecafe.com/

                                                    The menu on it contains some of the same things on the menu we used, but it is significantly different -- it doesn't even include fish and chips. However the other info on the website, like directions, phone number, etc. I believe are accurate.

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                                                      goldensf RE: Nancy Berry Apr 20, 2007 09:48 AM

                                                      We've been finding that the Woodhouse Fish Company is consistent with their delicious Fish and Chips. Always nice to know that you can rely on that. It's fast becoming our new "comfort" food. 14th and Market.

                                                      http://woodhousefish.com/

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                                                        shastashark RE: goldensf Apr 20, 2007 02:06 PM

                                                        if you want to try something different... try the smoked salmon fish and chips at the tied house (mt view and downtown sj). it's different... but very good. and their selection of beers are pretty top notch!

                                                        http://www.tiedhouse.com/

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                                                      ML8000 RE: foodloverinsf Apr 20, 2007 08:18 PM

                                                      Okay, today ends my fish and chip tear or fascination. I won't be eating any for a while or until the mood changes.

                                                      I stopped by J&J Fish and Chicken at 14th and Jefferson because I've driven by it a lot. I have to say...DON'T GO THERE. The fish was breaded like hush puppies or battered then breaded and the fish was suspect. Whatever it was, it was bad and basically inedible and I rarely say that. I really wanted to like it and stopped and took a quick break to make sure it wasn't me...and it wasn't. If there's anything that bugs me, it's a bad meal. Oh well, I hope I saved you guys a trip. I was going to write a whole review but it really seems pointless.

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                                                        Dan Wodarcyk RE: foodloverinsf Apr 20, 2007 09:12 PM

                                                        As many have mentioned, I recommend SeaSalt's. Perfectly done cod (I believe) and nice thick cut chips. They offer the typical condiments but also twist it a bit with their curry ketchup. A seafood restaurant strictly, it's become one of my favorites. Don't miss the monkfish liver when they offer it.

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                                                          Hollow Leg RE: foodloverinsf Jul 3, 2007 05:46 PM

                                                          H. Salt in San Jose. Totally downmarket, but better than anything else I've had in the Bay Area regardless of price, "authenticity", or proximity to a pub. Their onion rings are very good, too.

                                                          The best I've had, period, is at the Boathouse in Bodega Bay.

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                                                            Melanie Wong RE: Hollow Leg Jul 6, 2007 06:33 PM

                                                            The chips aren't traditional style, but are good french fries at the Boat House.
                                                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/31204...
                                                            http://www.chow.com/topics/322684

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                                                              Robert Lauriston RE: Hollow Leg Jul 7, 2007 09:40 AM

                                                              H. Salt's a big chain. Are you saying that particular branch does a better job than the rest?

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                                                                jungleboy RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 7, 2007 11:34 AM

                                                                Another vote for Fish in Sausalito...impeccably fresh fish, hot crusty fries and the greatest view around...

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                                                                  Chipotle RE: Robert Lauriston Jul 10, 2007 11:26 AM

                                                                  As near as I can tell, none of the H. Salt fish and chip shops have very much to do with one another -- they have different menus (once you get beyond the obvious part of them all having fish and chips) and definitely different quality levels. I found the one in Fremont to be better than the one in San Jose, for instance. Also, if you go to the H. Salt web site (http://www.hsalt.com), all the listed locations are in Southern California. I presume the ones here are part of the same franchise, but they appear to be somewhat disconnected from the corporate parent, even though the web site notes the chain started in Sausalito.

                                                              2. little big al RE: foodloverinsf Jul 7, 2007 11:40 AM

                                                                For price and atmosphere I would challenge anybody to best Red's Java House on Embarcadero in S.F. For 6 or 7 bucks you get a pefectly battered chunk of true cod and crispy fries.Top it off with an IPA or Steam on tap from the bar in the back,and think twice about going back to work. I've only been on weekdays,not sure about week-ends.

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                                                                  nerdigrrl RE: foodloverinsf Jul 7, 2007 02:35 PM

                                                                  The Hobnob in Alameda on Park Street near Encinal. Nothing spectacular about the chips--good stuff--but the fish was fabulous! The batter was very light, very crispy, very whispy--made me think of a ball of deep fried cotton candy. The fish (don't know what kind) was thick and moist, perfectly cooked, and there were no knobs of uncooked batter to disappoint. Loved it! This will be my go to when I'm hankering fish & chips.

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                                                                    Bunson RE: foodloverinsf Jul 8, 2007 01:32 AM

                                                                    I'm not a big fish & chips person but a month ago I was on the Santa Cruz pier and got the fish and chips at Stagnaro Brothers from their outdoor to-go counter. I thought it was great because they use a mix of fish, not just one kind. I wasn't able to identify everything but there were hunks of tuna and even salmon in the basket. Some might view this as sacriledge but I thought the variety was great, I'd definitely get it again (plus you're outdoors on a pier with a great view and the smell of the ocean!)

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                                                                      rworange RE: Bunson Jun 6, 2009 07:45 PM

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                                                                      Stagnaro Bros. Seafood
                                                                      59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA

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                                                                      ValHarris RE: foodloverinsf Jun 6, 2009 07:30 PM

                                                                      Great Fish & Chips at Old Port Lobster Shack on Veteran's Blvd in Redwood City. It's a
                                                                      great place for Fish and Chips.

                                                                      Another great place is St. Stevens Green on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View, CA.

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                                                                        peppatty RE: foodloverinsf Jun 7, 2009 05:45 PM

                                                                        If you're at the Academy of Sciences, they have a really nice fish and chips in the cafeteria.

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                                                                          plainfood RE: foodloverinsf Aug 7, 2009 01:53 PM

                                                                          Catch on Market at Castro: no grease! Great batter! Substituted cole slaw for fries for me--but my friends' french fries were yummy. We started with their Calamari Misto, and I have to say they really know how to use their fryer! Excellent service and good cocktails. We'll definitely be back!

                                                                          1. Robert Lauriston RE: foodloverinsf Mar 25, 2012 02:48 PM

                                                                            Sea Salt's fish &chips are the best I've had. They used to be available all day, looking at their Web site they're currently on the lunch, brunch, and happy hour menus but not dinner. $14 includes great coleslaw.

                                                                            http://seasaltrestaurant.com/

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                                                                              arktos RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2012 03:05 PM

                                                                              Wonder if you you remember YORKSHIRE FISH & CHIPS on Shattuck back in the 70's/early 80's when is used to be owned by the affable white-haired Yorkshireman and his wife? Those are my standard for f&cs. Does the Sea Sallt version compare?? I've never found any other that even comes close in authenticity and quality to the original YORKSHIRE, and am rather frustrated by this.

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                                                                                cvpoker RE: arktos Mar 25, 2012 09:28 PM

                                                                                I remember Yorkshire and the white-haired English guy from my days at Berkeley. You are right, I have not found a fish and chip that comes close to that. I went back there 20 years after graduating and he had long sold it to someone else and it was not the same.

                                                                                Be interested to hear from others about Sea Salt. I have not tried that place.

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                                                                                  chocolatetartguy RE: arktos Mar 26, 2012 12:59 PM

                                                                                  I remember that place from when I was a teen. For some reason we preferred H. Salt Esq, which as I recall was nearby.

                                                                                  Tadich Grill had something like f&c on the lunch menu 3 Saturdays ago.

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                                                                                    ML8000 RE: chocolatetartguy Mar 26, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                    H Salt was a small chain and some are still around, mostly in SoCal but a few in NorCal.

                                                                                    I remember Yorkshire in Berkeley from back in the day. They used fresh (or non-frozen) fish, dropped in batter and then fried it. The fish was good but I recall it could get greasy.

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                                                                                      arktos RE: ML8000 Mar 26, 2012 01:34 PM

                                                                                      "...They used fresh (or non-frozen) fish"

                                                                                      Remember talking to the owner about this. He said he only used fresh Atlantic cod shipped in from the East Coast by plane. He said the so-called "cod" on the West Coast is not a true cod, but rather pollack, or something like that.

                                                                                      And yes, it was kinda greasy, and he used to serve them in newspapers before he got fancy. I usually got queasy if I ate too much. But it was worth it! Also remember, a short window for eating the fish & chips as they got soggy (and ruined) pretty fast.

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                                                                                  TopoTail RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2012 11:48 PM

                                                                                  I had the fish and chips at Sea Salt last year and found them disappointing. God knows I've had plenty of fried foods with way too much greasy breading, but this was one time I wanted more breading. It seemed like the fish had been dipped in some corn meal, but here was no batter. I like a crispy batter on my fish and chips.

                                                                                3. Cynsa RE: foodloverinsf Mar 26, 2012 07:17 AM

                                                                                  Pacific Catch San Francisco - 9th Ave
                                                                                  1200 9th Avenue at Lincoln across from Golden Gate Park
                                                                                  San Francisco, CA 94122
                                                                                  Phone: 415.504.6905
                                                                                  - salmon fish 'n chips with slaw and sweet potato fries for $10 - good

                                                                                  Tee Off Bar and Grill
                                                                                  3129 Clement St
                                                                                  (between 32nd Ave & 33rd Ave)
                                                                                  San Francisco, CA 94121
                                                                                  Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
                                                                                  (415) 752-5439
                                                                                  - fish 'n chips $12 - very good

                                                                                  The Napper Tandy
                                                                                  3200 24th St
                                                                                  (between Cypress St & Van Ness Ave)
                                                                                  San Francisco, CA 94110
                                                                                  (415) 550-7510
                                                                                  fish and chips $10.95 Monday All-You-Can-Eat 3 pm to 7 pm Happy Hour - o.k.

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                                                                                  1. re: Cynsa
                                                                                    grayelf RE: Cynsa Mar 26, 2012 09:01 AM

                                                                                    Has anyone tried The Codfather? I found one mention but no deets, not even an address.

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                                                                                      Cynsa RE: grayelf Mar 26, 2012 01:32 PM

                                                                                      rworange posted query here with no address for codfather
                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8142...

                                                                                      1. re: Cynsa
                                                                                        grayelf RE: Cynsa Mar 26, 2012 11:06 PM

                                                                                        That was the one mention, so I guess no one's been. Not much web presence either.

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                                                                                          little big al RE: grayelf Sep 9, 2012 12:57 PM

                                                                                          Actually la principessa and I accidentally ate there a few months ago. We had actually gone on a walk to try the empanadas next door, but after waiting for them to open, and finding we would have to wait further for the empanadas, we walked "next door" to the Codmother. The owner is lovely and personable, and the f +c is the real thing. Not cheap,but not overpriced (cf. Fish) and a tidy little sidewalk space. I only wish the aspect ratio of the fish were different. I would prefer 4 narrower filets to two wider ones, for a better batter to fish ratio. As Vic 'n Natlie say, "It ain't da seafood makes you fat, it's da battah".

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                                                                                    Sharuf RE: foodloverinsf Mar 26, 2012 09:10 AM

                                                                                    Best fish 'n chips I ever had was at the Boat House in Tomales Bay. It's a funky fishing boat rental place with a lunch counter. One time they had same-day locally-caught rockfish and it was incredible. Most of the time they have to get fish from elsewhere on the Pacific Coast, due to fishing restrictions, etc but it's still very good.

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                                                                                      rubadubgdub RE: foodloverinsf Mar 26, 2012 01:22 PM

                                                                                      Pier 23 in SF has a surprisingly good version. Very fresh fish and hand battered. On the other end, do not get them at Plouf. The fish has no flavor and, if I had to guess, I might say they are frozen (very evenly cut and breaded, like a fish finger).

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                                                                                        jwallace1122 RE: foodloverinsf Mar 26, 2012 01:50 PM

                                                                                        Glory Fish & chips in Cordelia near the Costco, by far some of the i've ever had!!

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                                                                                          shanghaikid RE: jwallace1122 Mar 26, 2012 03:31 PM

                                                                                          yep. worth at least an honorable mention.

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                                                                                            Malcolm Ruthven RE: jwallace1122 Mar 27, 2012 03:55 AM

                                                                                            Where is Cordelia? Google maps doesn't recognize it.

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                                                                                              pamf RE: Malcolm Ruthven Mar 27, 2012 06:03 AM

                                                                                              I think Cordelia is technically part of Fairfield. It's the area around the 80/680 interchange.

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                                                                                                drewskiSF RE: Malcolm Ruthven Mar 27, 2012 09:21 AM

                                                                                                Glory Fish & Chips
                                                                                                5089 Business Center Dr, Ste 105
                                                                                                Fairfield, CA 94534
                                                                                                http://www.yelp.com/biz/glory-fish-an...

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                                                                                                  Malcolm Ruthven RE: drewskiSF Nov 30, 2013 03:20 PM

                                                                                                  Yelp reports Glory Fish & Chips as closed. Or is that old news?

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                                                                                                    jwallace1122 RE: Malcolm Ruthven Dec 1, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                    Thanks for the reply. I know that they closed, I was wondering about the couple that owned the restaurant. They are wonderful people and was asking if they are doing well.

                                                                                            2. scarmoza RE: foodloverinsf Mar 27, 2012 09:41 AM

                                                                                              Hog & Rocks

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                                                                                                jwallace1122 RE: foodloverinsf Nov 30, 2013 12:20 PM

                                                                                                Glory Fish & Chips, still the best I ever had. Really miss the couple that owned it, beautiful people. Can anyone tell me if they are doing well?

                                                                                                1. bbulkow RE: foodloverinsf Dec 1, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                                                                  I get my fish n chips down the peninsula at Palo Alto Creamery. It's on the menu all the time, nicely crisp, decent tasting fish.

                                                                                                  My reference fish and chips as a little place in Saltaire, UK, should have been on Victoria Rd according to the map, which undoubtedly isn't there anymore, and sounds like the Yorkshire place in berkeley.

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                                                                                                  1. re: bbulkow
                                                                                                    CarrieWas218 RE: bbulkow Dec 2, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                    I new sign has recently been posted in Montara (near Gherkins Deli) for a restaurant, "Fish & Frites." No idea of an open date, but I'll keep posting updates as available and seems to be the same company that opened last year in Half Moon Bay as they have the same, silly cartoon logo of a fish and a potato characters sitting on a picnic bench.

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                                                                                                      pamf RE: CarrieWas218 Dec 2, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                      Yes, same owner as the one on Main Street in HMB. They are also the owner of Gherkins.

                                                                                                      Have not tried it yet, but the concept is interesting, you choose your fish, your breading and frying oil from the list of available options. Supposed to be pricey, for F&C.

                                                                                                    2. re: bbulkow
                                                                                                      bbulkow RE: bbulkow Dec 3, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                      Also on the peninsula:

                                                                                                      Cooke's should do a great fish and chips, but I always get my raw fish for take away.

                                                                                                      Newcomer Sam's Chowder House (new to PA) deserves a try, but as they've been that serious in HMB, one has one's doubts.

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                                                                                                        jwallace1122 RE: bbulkow Dec 3, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                                        If I ever get down that way i'll sure give them a try. Thanks.

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                                                                                                      vulber RE: foodloverinsf Dec 2, 2013 12:07 PM

                                                                                                      not quite the bay area, but the ones at north coast brewing company in fort bragg are some of the best i've had

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                                                                                                        jwallace1122 RE: vulber Dec 3, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                                        I live near Ft. Bragg. Used to go for for the F & C but since they
                                                                                                        remodeled it's a high end Pizza place now. They still were not as good as Glory.

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