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Where to find good old school fried shrimp?

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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,
Michelle

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

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

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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      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

        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.

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        Gump's
        135 Post St, San Francisco, CA

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          Than there is Queen's.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6687...

          http://www.chow.com/restaurants/39741...

          1. re: wolfe

            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.

    2. 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.

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      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

        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.

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

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

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        Red Buffalo
        2935 Market St, Oakland, CA 94608

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        1. re: wolfe

          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. 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

            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.

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

          2. Art's Crab Shak on 4031 Broadway , Oakland.

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

            1. The Old Clam House on Bayshore
              http://sanfrancisco.menupages.com/res...

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

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

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

                1. 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.