Woodhouse Fish Company Revisited
Had another great meal tonight at Woodhouse. This time had the stuffed artichoke, a giant grilled artichoke cut in half with one half topped with Dungeness and the other with small prawns. The waitress billed it as the best item on the menu but I kind of wish I'd done the stuffed avocado instead (the artichoke got a bit messy). Still, the heart of the choke was great as was the seafood. The Amazing Race winner, brother of the owner, was there again tonight. Really glad to have this place in the 'hood. Even though the menu says hours are 5-10 pm, new signs in the window say 5-9:30 pm.
Oh, and despite my prior complaint about the heat inside the place, tonight it was just fine. Also -- the website now lists the menu at www.woodhousefish.com.
My first time about two months ago had the lobster roll thought ut was really bland and just ok. Went back again two weeks ago and tried a roll my friend at the claim chowder we both agreed not to go back. My roll was horrible and the soup was tasteless. I really wanted this place to work out. I thought Town Hall had a better Lobster roll.
I've been searching for a NE style seafood place and was super-excited by Woodhouse. The meal I had there was disappointing.
Plus: Server was super attentive and friendly. Although I didn't order it, the Avocado stuffed with crab or shrimp looked fantastic. Wish I had ordered it.
Cons: Breading on the seafood is a bit dry and flavorless. Clams were not as sweet as they should have been. Calamari was overcooked. Wine list is very spare.
If you are really really craving a fried seafood fix, this should do ok. It's quite average.
Have you been to Old Port Lobster Shack (OPLS) in Redwood City? I like their fried clams better than Woodhouse. I do like the clam chowder better though at Woodhouse. OPLS was in the process of experimenting with their clam chowder when I was there, so can't say what it is like today. Also, they have a bakery that makes New England hot dog rolls for the lobster roll. The owner was in the lobster business in Maine so he knows how to treat seafood and who to buy from ... he was helping Woodhouse with a seafood supplier, but I don't know if that is still true.
I went to Woodhouse for lunch today and ordered (between 2 of us)...
a lobster roll
a crab louie roll
a crab louie salad
The lobster roll wasn't as sweet or fresh compared to the lobster roll OPLS. Overall value maybe better at Woodhouse, since the lobster roll is $18+ at OLPS compared to $14.95 (3 oz.) at Woodhouse. And the mega lobster roll (6 oz.) is only $7 more.
The crab louie roll was a little better than the lobster roll IMHO, but doesn't compare to the simple, delicious flavors of the crab roll (ask for minimal butter) at Fish in Sausalito...
The crab louie was a disaster with entirely too much thousand island dressing. It maybe ok if you ask for the dressing on the side otherwise the only flavor is the dressing.
Between OLPS, Fish and Woodhouse, my favorite place is Fish for the quality and freshness of the food and the ambience on the water.
maybe i'll have to go again. i went the first week it opened and was so dissappointed. as a new englander, i thought it was truly subpar. however, i love the authenticity of the old port lobster shack in redwood city. opls rocks. i make the journey down the pennisula once a week from sf just for the naked lobster rolls and the fried (full bellied) ipswich clams. i heard opls is thinking about opening another location and was exploring spaces in marin.
OMG ... you made my day ... the thought of OPLS being more acessible to me in a Marin location is wonderful ... would be really cool if they could get a location with a water view ... of course that might double the price of the clams ... don't need the view in that case, just the seafood.
Yeah Frosty Melon! Sooo happy to have this great place spring up. This restaurant is INCREDIBLE! I never thought the west coast could harness the magic of New England chowder. Not only was my cup of CLAM CHOWDER the best I've had in the west, but it was the best I've had ever! And my meal of ARTICHOKE split with CRAB stuffed in one side and PRAWNS on the other was REVOLUTIONARY! Sorry to freak out here folks, but the Woodhouse Fish Company is my new favorite restaurant in the city.
I asked when they open for lunch and the owner said Tuesday the 20th. I look forward to tasting more on the menu.