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Where to find good old school fried shrimp?

bellemdm Jun 24, 2010 06:24 PM

I'm talking about the deep fried shrimp (batter or breaded) with red cocktail sauce, nothing fancy. I've really had this craving, but am lacking on ideas where to find it. Of course, it would be extra nice if it was fresh and sustainably raised, etc. but maybe I shouldn't be too picky. Just a place that can cook it right without being too greasy. Oh yum, cannot wait to hear the responses!

Thank you,

  1. JasmineG Jun 25, 2010 11:36 AM

    My first thought is Spenger's in Berkeley, though I don't know if they make them anymore...yep, a look at their menu shows that they do. I haven't been there in a long time.

    1. Mari Jun 25, 2010 10:35 AM

      Joe's of Westlake has big deep fried shrimp. They come with tartar sauce but I am sure you can request cocktail sauce instead.

      Joe's of Westlake
      11 Glenwood Ave, Daly City, CA 94015

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        celeryroot Jun 25, 2010 09:57 AM

        The Old Clam House on Bayshore

        Old Clam House
        299 Bay Shore Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94124

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          Janet Jun 24, 2010 11:09 PM

          Art's Crab Shak on 4031 Broadway , Oakland.

          Art's Crab Shak
          4031 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611

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            bellemdm Jun 24, 2010 09:00 PM

            Thank you all for the replies, I will definitely check some of these places out and will incorporate a road trip to Half Moon Bay as well.

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            1. re: bellemdm
              Pius Avocado III Jun 25, 2010 10:44 AM

              My favorite in HMB is the Ketch Jo-Ann. My go-to is the fried fish sandwich on sourdough toast. They have fried shrimp in both entree and sandwich forms.

              The Harbor Bar next door turns out decent Bloody Marys to a colorful local crowd.

              Ketch Joanne
              17 Johnson Pier, Princeton-by-the Sea, CA 94018

            2. wolfe Jun 24, 2010 07:53 PM

              Both Red Buffalo and Scends (practically neighbors) have fried shrimp/prawns.

              Red Buffalo
              2935 Market St, Oakland, CA 94608

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              1. re: wolfe
                jillyju Jun 24, 2010 08:34 PM

                I adore Scends for their fried chicken, but having tried their fried prawns/shrimp, I really can't recommend them. While they weren't terrible, they weren't special in any way. Maybe slightly overcooked, and not a lot of flavor. I would head elsewhere.

              2. pamf Jun 24, 2010 07:38 PM

                If you want to combine that with a trip down the coast, try Flying Fish Grill in Half Moon Bay or Barbara's Fish Trap in Princeton Harbor.

                Flying Fish Grill
                99 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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

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                1. re: pamf
                  ML8000 Jun 24, 2010 07:48 PM

                  A 2nd on Flying Fish Grill. Their fish and chips are excellent, crisp but not greasy. The menu states they use rice bran oil (higher burn temp) and tempura batter. If the deep fried scrimps are as good as the F&C, they should be excellent.

                  Flying Fish Grill
                  99 San Mateo Rd, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

                2. CarrieWas218 Jun 24, 2010 06:34 PM

                  I'd head straight to Woodhouse Fish Company - either in the Castro or on Fillmore. They have damn-good fried Clams too!

                  Woodhouse Fish Company
                  2073 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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                  1. re: CarrieWas218
                    paprkutr Jun 24, 2010 09:30 PM

                    I just went on their website, and they don't list fried shrimp. I'm going to be in SF soon, so I was interested

                    1. re: paprkutr
                      CarrieWas218 Jun 24, 2010 11:25 PM

                      My goodness, you are right! I guess it was a thing from the past that I remember. My apologies...

                      But now *I* am craving some and don't have a vehicle to get down on the peninsula. I know it is not exactly traditional, but 1300 Fillmore has shrimp-stuffed hush puppies. I reviewed them here: http://frieddoughho.com/sf-1300-fillm...

                      I guess I will have to go to the Bubba Gump travesty at Fisherman's Wharf for the classic fried shrimp... Or there is the fried shrimp PoBoy at Brenda's Soul Food.

                      135 Post St, San Francisco, CA

                      1. re: CarrieWas218
                        wolfe Jun 25, 2010 10:52 AM

                        Than there is Queen's.


                        1. re: wolfe
                          jillyju Jun 25, 2010 12:22 PM

                          Oh, Wolfe, so glad you mentioned Queen's. Their fried shrimp are really excellent, and my order of choice when I go there (well, along with a cup of the gumbo). The fried shrimp platter comes with their yummy hush puppies, it's a very generous serving, and the shrimp are always fried perfectly and are really tasty. This is a truly good suggestion.

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