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Fish & Chips in San Diego

EastBayMike Mar 8, 2008 01:27 PM

My sister is dying for some batter dipped fish and malt vinegared chips. Any suggestions in San Diego? Thanks in advance.

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  1. honkman RE: EastBayMike Mar 8, 2008 03:31 PM

    The Field in the Gaslamp is not bad.

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      DougOLis RE: EastBayMike Mar 8, 2008 04:59 PM

      Shakespeare Pub & Grill off of India had probably the best ones I've found in San Diego. Good place to watch a soccer match too.

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        DBrooks RE: DougOLis Mar 8, 2008 05:05 PM

        I second Shakespeare Pub...

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          Alice Q RE: DBrooks Mar 9, 2008 02:35 PM

          Shakespeare's probably has a nicer atmosphere, but The Princess of Wales down in Little Italy might also be a possibility. I haven't eaten there in ages, but it's very popular.

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          Captain Jack RE: DougOLis Mar 9, 2008 08:41 PM

          The Fishery in Pacific Beach on Cass St. does a good job. Very fresh product but zero pub vibe, it is a seafood market/restaurant. I agree on Shakespeare for Brit Pub Atmosphere.

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            jturtle RE: Captain Jack Mar 9, 2008 08:46 PM

            The Fishery is great--all around but I think they are still closed for their remodeling/expansion. I could be wrong but they were hoping to re-open in March but that was the earliest possible date.

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              Captain Jack RE: jturtle Mar 9, 2008 08:52 PM

              You are right jt, I walked by last week and they looked nowhere near re-opening. It slipped my mind.

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          DBrooks RE: EastBayMike Mar 9, 2008 09:38 PM

          Call me crazy...but I like the fish and chips at the Beef and Bun on Fletcher Parkway in San Carlos. Maybe Dining Diva can vouch for that...or tell me I'm nuts!

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            Cathy RE: DBrooks Mar 10, 2008 02:40 PM

            Oh, the fish is good, but those crinkle cuts won't ever taste like malt vinegared chips...

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            eatemup RE: EastBayMike Mar 10, 2008 09:15 AM

            Jaynes Gastropub has an excellent fish and chips, however the chips are not vinegared. www.jaynesgastropub.com

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              jennywenny RE: eatemup Mar 10, 2008 02:12 PM

              You are supposed to add the vinegar yourself to taste, otherwise they'll be soggy!

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                eatemup RE: jennywenny Mar 10, 2008 03:12 PM

                D'oh! Thanks for educating me.

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                Ewilensky RE: eatemup Mar 10, 2008 02:32 PM

                Can those fish and chips REALLY be worth $17.50?

                I really want to try Jaynes but those prices just turn me off.

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                  eatemup RE: Ewilensky Mar 10, 2008 03:14 PM

                  Don't blame you, but they are mighty good.

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                    cstr RE: Ewilensky Mar 10, 2008 05:15 PM

                    Jaynes uses sea bass, a great fish but, not for F&C's. Shakespeare uses cod (thick fillet and flakey), the fish for F&C's and their chips are 'chip size', pretty authentic it's a huge portion and half the price of Jaynes.

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                      eatemup RE: cstr Mar 15, 2008 03:55 PM

                      Does that mean you tried them and didn't like the use of sea bass, or you are opposed to the use of sea bass in any iteration of the dish?

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                        normalheightsfoodie RE: eatemup Mar 17, 2008 03:44 PM

                        Sea Bass is a great fish, but it is not a Fish and chips typ e of fish, Cod on theother hand is thicker and has more oil and can stand up to the heat of oil and still retain its moisture, texture and flavor.

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                          eatemup RE: normalheightsfoodie Mar 17, 2008 08:33 PM

                          Yeah, I get that. I know cod is the fish of choice. My question to cstr was whether he/she (or you) tried this different approach and what he/she (or you) thought of it. I had great fish & chips in Kauai that was made with mahi. Another different approach but still tasted great.

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                            phee RE: eatemup Mar 17, 2008 09:06 PM

                            Interestingly enough, Rock Bottom makes a decent fish and chips with smoked salmon. We had it one year when Street Scene was still in the Gaslamp. While I prefer a more traditional fish & chips (Dad was a Brit), it was pretty good.

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                              Josh RE: phee Mar 18, 2008 09:55 AM

                              I had these many years ago, when there was only the one Rock Bottom in Portland, OR. They were really good. I haven't had them since the place became chainified, though. Good to know they're still tasty.

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                              normalheightsfoodie RE: eatemup Mar 18, 2008 09:51 AM

                              I did have their fish and chips, and the cod did not hold up, it got dry and curled up. Sea Bass sounds "fancier," but it is not a good choice.

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                                normalheightsfoodie RE: eatemup Mar 24, 2008 11:45 AM

                                I did try it there, and I found the sea bass to be dry and shrivled up. AT $20, I found it overpriced and not very good.

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                      Cathy RE: EastBayMike Mar 10, 2008 02:43 PM

                      New (about 3 months now) place in Tierrasanta - The Fish Bucket- 6030 Santo Road 92124 (in the mall right off of the 52). Excellent fried fish. Chips are OK and might take to malt vinegar...and for $1 more they have sweet potato chips.

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                        Alice Q RE: Cathy Mar 10, 2008 07:47 PM

                        How about the Tin Fish downtown? I haven't tried it, but I would imagine they do fish and chips.

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                          Cathy RE: Alice Q Mar 10, 2008 09:12 PM

                          Yes they do.

                          Owners are now same ones as Boston and Maine in Horton Plaza. Nicely fried/not as heavy a beer batter.

                          Personally, I like the fish and chips at Point Loma Seafoods. Always fresh fish...

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                            Alice Q RE: Cathy Mar 11, 2008 12:38 AM

                            Boston and Maine isn't there anymore is it? I used to like that place. I always get the crab sandwich at PL Seafood - but I haven't been there in a while.

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                              Cathy RE: Alice Q Mar 11, 2008 03:09 PM

                              They were in the process of changing the menu around Christmas and the seafood was not at all as good-yet they kept mentioning Tin FIsh... I admit I have only run into the mall to validate my parking and run back out again so far this year...

                              PLSeafood is always good. I try to stop in every time I am in the neighborhood. I read the whole menu and then buy the fish and chips...

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                              jbeaux RE: Cathy Mar 24, 2008 05:13 PM

                              Second on Point Loma Seafoods..

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                          rotie77 RE: EastBayMike Mar 13, 2008 04:43 PM

                          We like the fish and chips at the Ritual Tavern on 30th. They use catfish, not traditional, but very well done. And you can have a Stone Smoked Porter shake with your f&c.

                          1. Beach Chick RE: EastBayMike Mar 13, 2008 06:28 PM

                            O'Sullivans on Grand in Escondido has some of the best Fish and Chips..

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                              beth1 RE: Beach Chick Mar 14, 2008 09:31 PM

                              Second that on O'Sullivan's, even if you don't like their beer selection (that's for Josh). And the price is reasonable.

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                              DBrooks RE: EastBayMike Mar 13, 2008 08:47 PM

                              Studio Diner on Ruffin Road? Their fried clams are terrific, anyone had the fish and chips??

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                                beth1 RE: DBrooks Mar 14, 2008 09:32 PM

                                Had the Fried Montecristo. So good, so huge. My husband ended up with half of it. He got some sort of egg-based breakfast food. Said it was great. Couldn't imagine anything from there being bad.

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                                  Aengus RE: DBrooks Mar 15, 2008 10:36 AM

                                  I had it a long time ago, so I don't really remember much except that it wasn't bad. It's a huge portion of haddock. The chips or "Studio Fries" are pretty unremarkable...just your standard frozen shoestrings.

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                                  normalheightsfoodie RE: EastBayMike Mar 13, 2008 10:20 PM

                                  I recently had the Fisherman's Plate at OCEANAIRE. It was sooooo good. I comes with a selection of fried fish, clams, oysters and scallops, served over a mountain of fries. I could not believe how good it was. They also have fish and chips on their happy hour.
                                  The Fishermans Plate was 25, a bit pricy, but it they did not skimp.

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                                    cstr RE: normalheightsfoodie Mar 14, 2008 09:19 AM

                                    Just an FYI - free green beer, while it lasts, this week-end at the OCEANAIRE.

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                                      beachbunnySD RE: normalheightsfoodie Mar 26, 2008 04:03 PM

                                      oceanaire's salt & vinegar fries are excellent!

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                                      oerdin RE: EastBayMike Mar 19, 2008 01:11 PM

                                      I've noticed since the price of cod has gone up a lot of places have started decreasing the size of the cod fillet they give you. Callahan's in Mira Mesa still serves nicely done old fashioned style fried cod that's made of a nice large fillet.

                                      1. ibstatguy RE: EastBayMike May 2, 2008 09:28 PM

                                        had the fish/chips/aioli today at Urban Solace and really enjoyed it

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