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Coconut shrimp on the Peninsula?

Chipotle Nov 27, 2007 10:37 AM

For some reason, at this moment, I am struck by a peculiar desire to get coconut shrimp; what I'm picturing is the crispy fried kind beloved by the kind of chain restaurant a friend dubbed "brass and fern bars." Okay, it's a weird craving, but what can I say?

Unfortunately, I can't think of a single place offhand that has these anywhere, even the chain brass and fern bars that come to mind. And at least in theory, some non-chain restaurant could do these. Right?

Anyone ever seen these? I work in Mountain View and live in Foster City, so I'm thinking primarily of the Peninsula as a target area (as far south as Cupertino, as far north as Daly City), although if someone knows of a good place outside that region I'd be interested in hearing about it on general principle.

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    thejulia Nov 27, 2007 12:55 PM

    the peninsula creamery (a diner) in downtown palo alto has coconut shrimp. can't say whether they're any good or not... i don't think they'll be transcendent.

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    1. re: thejulia
      Chipotle Nov 27, 2007 05:06 PM

      While I'd like to find transcendent coconut shrimp, one suspects that's kind of like, oh, transcendent jalapeno poppers. In theory, they've gotta be out there somewhere, but...

      I suppose I should give a look to some of the seafood restaurants to see if they're doing such things, though.

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      francofm Dec 11, 2007 01:27 PM

      The Cheesecake Factory in Palo Alto has something called Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp and it's REALLY yummy; not exaactly what you are looking for but might do the trick

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        P. Punko Dec 11, 2007 04:17 PM

        I think you want Cheesecake Factory, or possibly Trader Vics? If you are feeling more adventurous you might try a Malaysian place, like Spice Islands in Mountain View.

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        1. re: P. Punko
          wolfe Dec 11, 2007 05:17 PM

          The Dim Sum takeout at Ranch 99 El Cerrito has something like that. Try your local Ranch 99.

          1. re: P. Punko
            Chipotle Dec 12, 2007 10:19 AM

            I might try the Malaysian place, then, thanks. Finding chain restaurants that do this isn't too difficult -- in theory, at least, although I gather coconut shrimp may be out of fashion -- but it'd be nice to try non-chain variants, definitely.

            (Trader Vic's is a good thought, though, particularly if I also want a tiki drink and don't want to go across to Forbidden Island in Alameda, the tiki mecca.)

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            Fog City Kid Dec 12, 2007 03:47 PM

            Try Kincaids in Burlingame...

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              Nancy Berry Dec 13, 2007 08:53 AM

              Elephant Bar in Burlingame and Daly City (Serramonte)
              Red Lobster in San Bruno
              Outback in Daly City and San Mateo

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