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Calamari & chips @ Boat House (Bodega Bay)

Melanie Wong Aug 29, 2007 08:05 AM

Sunday's lunch was a revisit to the Boat House in Bodega Bay. Even after 2pm, things were busy with a steady stream of customers. A new table would open up just when a new customer needed a place to sit.

Fresh but not local rock fish and the oysters were imported from Washington State. But I hit paydirt with the fresh Monterey Bay squid for my order of calamari and chips, $8.95.

The batter's lighter than used for the f&c, and I liked this even more. The body pieces were cut lengthwise, splitting the tubes instead of into rings. Tender, fresh and sweet, if a bit plain. But a shake of salt, a squeeze of lemon, and this was as good as any fried calamari out there.

Image of calamari & chips -

Last year's fish & chips lunch -

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

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    gordon wing RE: Melanie Wong Aug 29, 2007 03:05 PM

    good looking squid - and a lighter batter than the one they use for fish ..... thanks for pointing that out. did you try any of the salt water taffee next door? our friends were giddy like children when confronted by a large display of sweetness.

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    1. re: gordon wing
      Melanie Wong RE: gordon wing Aug 29, 2007 03:12 PM

      I didn't get salt water taffy next door but from the pink and white striped taffy place on the highway. Is it made there? the other place gets theirs from elsewhere.

    2. WCchopper RE: Melanie Wong Aug 29, 2007 06:04 PM

      We had the same experience there earlier this summer! The fried calamari was really good, fresh and tender. The taffy next door is apprently made in Florida though.

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        Melanie Wong RE: WCchopper Aug 29, 2007 06:28 PM

        I'm really glad I ordered the squid. So fresh and sweet, too many times the taste of the squid gets buried under too much batter but here it shines through. Lococo's in Santa Rosa is a notch higher for the extra flavor of frying in olive oil, but I like the way the bodies are cut here better.

        Also should mention that the fries were better this time. Very crisp outside and waxy inside. And, the lemonade is homemade and not overly sugary.

        Did you check out anywhere else on the coast?

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          WCchopper RE: Melanie Wong Aug 30, 2007 11:21 AM

          Being a transplant to the Bay Area, I'm a slowly finding my way to good eats outside my day to day circle. The places I mostly stop up in Sonoma Co (N. Marin) are the blackberry bushes on the side of the road (made infused vodka last year) and the Petaluma Cheese Factory for the Rouge et Noir. I did have lunch at Marshall and enjoyed my first grilled oysters there overloooking the water. Maybe the same place where the call to larceny nearly overtook you! We'll have to check out Lococo nest time in SR!

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            Melanie Wong RE: WCchopper Sep 4, 2007 05:10 PM

            You were probably at the Marshall Store (which is guilty of setting up an attractive nuisance!), unless you made it to Tony's, also on the water.

            One thing we noticed along Hwy 1 near Marshall was the amount of unripe blackberries on the bushes. Coastal climate is much cooler than inland. These were still in the pinkish stage. You might still have a lot of harvesting ahead of you!

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          gordon wing RE: WCchopper Aug 30, 2007 09:12 AM

          When we talked with the owner of the Candy & Kites store she said that her taffy was from Oregon and that they got two deliveries a week, IIRC. Her other option was to go with a Salt Lake City distributor but they had a bigger minimum purchase and they didn't deliver as often. I'm not a huge taffy fan but I did try a piece or two and they were very tender and had good flavors. We also stopped by Rocker Oysterfeller's in Valley Forge to say hello to Brandon & Shona. (didn't have anything to eat) I believe that they are going to be having live music and the BBQ going this Labor Day Weekend.

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            Melanie Wong RE: gordon wing Aug 30, 2007 09:26 AM

            Last Sunday Rocker Oysterfeller's had live music starting at 6pm.

            Rocker Oysterfeller's
            14415 Valley Ford Road, Valley Ford, CA 94972

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              Cynsa RE: gordon wing Aug 30, 2007 09:32 AM

              BBQ-beer-oysters-live music - 1 pm to 10 pm - Oyster & Fog Festival on Sunday, September 2 at Rocker Oysterfeller, 14415 Highway One - Valley Ford

          2. kare_raisu RE: Melanie Wong Sep 4, 2007 05:00 PM

            Hey Melanie-

            A friend took me to the Boat House yesterday - and I got the calamari and chips on your reccomendation. They were fantastic. We rushed to the beach with them so we could devour them still warm. The fries were killer to boot.

            The coleslaw was just strange - my buddy said it tasted like clam juice had been doused on them? I didnt believe him till I tasted it. Have you had their coleslaw -- its not creamy at all and does have this 'fishy' undercurrent.

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              Melanie Wong RE: kare_raisu Sep 4, 2007 05:13 PM

              Dashing off to Bodega Head to eat on the beach is a great idea! I think the calamari will be my go-to order here now.

              I've not had the coleslaw, but sounds like I'll skip it. The fishiness could also come from keeping the vegetables in the same cold box with the seafood. A month ago I attended a wedding catered by Roy's in SF. We were presented with gorgeous orchid leis, but quickly took them off because they all reeked of fish! One friend thought they'd probably been refrigerated with the fish.

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                Sharuf RE: kare_raisu Sep 6, 2007 02:44 AM

                I always get the cole slaw instead of fries (a nod to Weight Watchers). Never noticed anything off about it - just regular slaw.

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