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Recs for Walt's Wharf?

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hobbess May 23, 2008 12:40 AM

Are there any particular dishes that one should order at Walt's Wharf in Seal Beach, other than the grilled artichokes? I'm looking at their website, and it mentions both the grilled artichoke and a caramelized salmon with orange shoyu glaze.

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    Bruce in SLO May 23, 2008 07:19 AM

    Order almost any thing fresh that day at Walt's, grilled is best and try Babcock Sauv. Blanc along side.

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      FED May 23, 2008 09:27 AM

      i've been going to walt's for a long time and i'm afraid it's slid pretty steeply. the prepared dishes are usually overdone (caramelized salmon with orange shoyu glaze seems a perfect example), and the wine list is no longer full of surprises as it once was (everybody's got central coast wines now). still, i do like a sunday afternoon in the bar, eating oysters or their smoked fish plate with a caesar salad and a glass of wine or two.

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        hobbess May 26, 2008 05:11 PM

        So, what happened to the place that it would fall so far so fast? Just from scanning reviews about the place, it seemed that there was a positive buzz about the place last year.

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          Joani Macaroni May 26, 2008 06:18 PM

          Well, I'm happy to report that we went about two weeks ago and the waitress brought a basket of their wonderful sourdough bread to the table before we even had a chance to request it! I had previously posted that they were no longer automatically bringing it out (because so much was going to waste), because that's what we were told the previous visit, and to just request it. I don't think Walt's has "fallen" - I just think it's the nature of serving sea food - it has to be so fresh and cooked just right, and you just can't please everyone every time. I would say we're very pleased 85-90% of the time, which is better than I have experienced at Las Alamito's Fish Company, but that's a personal thing. Anyway, there are always still crowds in the evenings, so "there you go!" If you don't care for Walt's, you might try Jimmy's off of PCH which a lot of people like.

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            CynD May 26, 2008 08:10 PM

            IMHO, Walt's is much better than Jimmy's, and I've been to both within the past two months. Walt's menu has more "sophistication" (I don't know how else to say it) while Jimmy's is a larger but more ordinary selection. I don't think Walt's has fallen. Like Joani said, it's the nature of serving sea food.

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              Joani Macaroni May 27, 2008 06:03 PM

              Sophistication is definitely the word. Many of the entrees are like a work of art. "Unique" might be another appropriate term. We also like to order the Walt's "special" salad. Used to be loaded with craisens and candied walnuts. Last time I had it, it was a bit "thin." But I'll try it again soon and report back - could be just the odd chance. I've replicated it at home and gotten rave reviews from guests. CynD, I agree completely with your evaluation of Jimmy's, but some of my friends just love it. To each their own, I guess!

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        yakinikker May 27, 2008 02:14 PM

        Get the steamers, ortega style, you won't regret it :)

        p.s. and tons of bread to sop up the sauce!

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