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Best Fish and Chips Ever?

I want to take my boyfriend (who LOVES fish and chips) to a really good joint before he moves away. Recommendations, anyone? Preferably in the South Bay, although if you recommend places outside of it, I'd keep them in mind for the future :)

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  1. Bay Fish & Chips in Sunnyvale is good, although I haven't been there for a year or so.

    Edit: Forgot to mention: It's a dive, next to an even divier bar, but the man who runs the eatery is very sweet.

    Bay Fish & Chips
    826 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

      1. re: grumpy2


        The Crown
        331 Hartz Ave, Danville, CA 94526

      2. Cook's Seafood, in Menlo Park, is my favorite. Recommend the Alaskan halibut, but I've never seen anyone dislike the other items. This is the only place where I repeat my order, and look forward to just that one item on the menu.

        Hope you enjoy it.

        Also, I think it's the best retail fish market on the peninsula. Cook's meets my needs for variety, quality, and service. I do not know enough about selecting unknown species to appreciate the vast variety at Asian markets. Cook's staff is helpful and professional.

        Cook's Seafood Restaurant & Market
        751 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025

        1. I agree that Cook's is probably the best on the Peninsula. But if you are going more for an adventure, you might try Barbara's Fish Trap. The fish & chips aren't bad but you really go here for the atmosphere - and the view. The Half Moon Bay Brewery is right across the street and they also have fish & chips. And beer !!

          Barbara's Fish Trap
          281 Capistrano Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

          1. Has anyone been to the Rose & Crown lately? I went there for a decade and thought they had the best fish & chips around, but haven't been for a few years.


            This place is just off University Ave in Palo Alto.

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            1. re: orezscu

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              The Rose & Crown
              547 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA

              1. re: orezscu

                The website says that in the fall of 2008 there will be an expanded restaurant next door to Cook's seafood market

              2. We also like Cook's. They have my favorite clam chowder and I like the crab sandwiches, too.

                1. The most awesome fish 'n chips I ever had was at the Boat House in Bodega Bay. They served up very freshly-caught local red snapper. However there are often restrictions on fishing for rockfish, so the Boat House will substitute fish from the Northwest, which are still very good.

                  Their fried oysters are very good, too.

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

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                  1. re: Sharuf

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

                  2. It's not in the South Bay, but Fish in Sausalito (many reports about Fish on this board) has the best fish & chips I've ever had. Probably the most expensive, too.

                    1. They may not be the best but there's nothing to top the experience at Edinburgh Castle on a slightly seedy section of Geary in the city. The waiter runs down the alley to the fish & chips place, prepared quite ably by friendly Korean folk, and returns with your dinner wrapped in newspaper. Go for the bagpiper playing, the annual swearing festvial or the poets reading. Order a black and tan or a lager and lime. Really, its not just about the food. This is a destination.
                      950 Geary St San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 885-4074

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                      1. re: resren


                        Edinburgh Castle
                        950 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

                        1. re: resren

                          There's a lot of history behind that connection, The fish and chips place is Old Chelsea, one of the first two F&C joints to hit San Francisco in the early 60's (they had another branch in North Beach, and later added a third, now Picadilly F&C on Polk). From the time Old Chelsea opened, drinkers at the Edinburgh Castle (including yours truly) would pick up their "dinner" at OC and haul it to the EC via the back door on Cedar Alley and consume it on the premises with a pint or three. The Castle later institutionalized this practice, offering their own waiters' services to pick up F&C for their customers from Old Chelsea, and the EC bacame the mainstay of Old Chelsea's business.

                          In the late 80's or early 90's the Edinburgh Castle was on the verge of closing its doors forever. The Kim family, who had bought Old Chelsea in the meantime, saw their own business going down the tubes with the Edinburgh Castle and, to save it, actually bought the Edinburgh Castle to keep it open, becoming the proverbial tail wagging the dog. I believe the Kims still own both the Edinburgh Castle and Old Chelsea.

                          In the old days OC also offered shrimp & chips, deep fried beef pies and pork pies and chps, and fried oysters and chips.

                          1. re: Xiao Yang

                            Thanks, XY for the nostalgia trip. I was there too then. Do they still have the parrot (named "Winston") at the end of the bar?

                            1. re: Sharuf

                              I don't know. I should go back there, to see if they still have the "Old Farts' Corner" end of the bar, now that I'm duly qualified.

                              1. re: Xiao Yang

                                Do they also have an "Old Broads" section?

                        2. Chris's Fish and Chips is pretty solid, also

                          209 1st Street, Los Altos, CA 94022
                          (650) 948-6155

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                          1. re: Munching Mark


                            Chris's Fish & Chips
                            209 1st St, Los Altos, CA 94022

                            1. re: Nancy Berry

                              Thanks, Nancy, I could not figure out the link part!

                              1. re: Munching Mark

                                Does anyone know about the fried clams here? I read that all the fish starts out fresh and is battered and fried to order. So while the clams might not be of the Ipswich variety, still a fresh fried whole clam meal for under $10 has a real appeal ... so are whole clams used? Also read they make their own tartar sauce.

                          2. Jonathans in Menlo Park, the crispiest, tastiest catfish you ever had.

                            840 Willow Road, Menlo Park, 94025

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                            1. re: mikeylikesit

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                              Jonathan's Fish & Chips
                              840 Willow Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025

                            2. Anyone tried the smoked salmon fish and chips at Tied House in either Mountain view or San Jose?

                              More on Tied House

                              Tied House Cafe & Brewery
                              65 N San Pedro St, San Jose, CA

                              Tied House Cafe & Brewery
                              954 Villa St, Mountain View, CA 94041

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                              1. re: rworange

                                How are the fish and chips at Fish in Sausalito? I heard those were pretty good.

                                1. re: Tony

                                  >How are the fish and chips at Fish in Sausalito?<

                                  See my post above :-)

                                2. re: rworange

                                  Several years (4+) ago I had the salmon fish & chips at the Mtn View Tied House. I enjoyed them --although for some reason I don't remember them being made from smoked salmon. (Maybe they were and they didn't taste overwhelmingly smoky? Or perhaps smoked salmon is a change in recent years?)

                                3. I'm a fan of Race Street Seafood, in San Jose. It's a fish market and kitchen.

                                  Race Street Seafood Kitchen
                                  247 Race St, San Jose, CA 95126

                                  1. The DH and I love The Duke of Edinburgh in Cupertino (near the corner of Wolfe and Homestead next to the Bank of the West). Not only is the fish and chips some of the best (available in both a duke's and duchess' portions), but so is the British pub atmosphere. There are usually expats there speaking in a delightful mix of accents. All of the decor were imported from England to capture the authentic flair.

                                    I believe the fish and chips are on par with Cook's in Menlo Park, which is my other favorite place. But for South Bay, you can't beat the Duke. :)

                                    Duke of Edinburgh
                                    10801 N Wolfe Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014