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Best Fish and Chips?

MissVeg Sep 29, 2010 07:00 AM

Where can we find the best fish and chips...preferably in Marin, SF or East Bay (although we are open to excursions too!)?


  1. Steve Green Sep 29, 2010 07:56 AM

    My vote goes to Ketch Joanne in Princeton Harbor -- truly greaseless fried fish. We've gone far out of our way for this. Halibut and salmon options too.

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

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    1. re: Steve Green
      Sebby Sep 30, 2010 03:03 PM

      I like Barb's Fish Trap way better than Catch Joanne's. I thought the batter at Joanne's was heavy and soggy, while Barb's is light and crispy. But, I always order at the "to go" window and eat tat the picnic tables.
      We make trips from the city down to HMB just to go to Barbs and have a walk along the cliffs at Pillar point afterwards.

      1. re: Sebby
        Steve Green Sep 30, 2010 11:10 PM

        Sebby said: "I thought the batter at Joanne's was heavy and soggy, while Barb's is light and crispy."

        Interesting. We've been to both places on numerous occasions and our experience is the exact opposite. In the dozen-plus times we've had the F & C there, we always found the batter at Ketch Joanne to be light and non-greasy. In fact, so greaseless that it doesn't even seem fried. However, we found that Barbara's fish and chips (the two times we've had them) had a thick and greasy batter, so on the rare occasion we go there we don't order anything fried. Go figure.

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

        1. re: Sebby
          stanbee Oct 1, 2010 12:02 AM

          Always greasy bland fried fish at Barb's several times over the years.

          They do so much volume without being able to change the fryers that the oil gets cooked out. Besides, they're to busy and pressed for space to drain the fish but throw it one the plate fresh from the grease.

          Despite this, Fishtrap is a beloved and oft recommended destination. My friend ate there because he likes cheap and plentiful rather than quality, at least in the 90's.

          Have had perfect golden fried fish at Woodhouse BUT the fish is too bland to be enjoyable for this fish lover.

      2. wolfe Sep 29, 2010 08:04 AM

        Sea Salt.

        Sea Salt
        2512 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

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          DavidT Sep 29, 2010 08:49 AM

          The Irish Bank (off of Bush Street, between Grant & Kearny) serves a pretty good F&C.


          Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant
          10 Mark Ln, San Francisco, CA 94108

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            mrs bacon Sep 29, 2010 09:19 AM

            Pig and Whistle's fish and chips are quite traditional and good.

            Pig and Whistle
            2801 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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            1. re: mrs bacon
              Civil Bear Sep 29, 2010 09:50 AM

              Second Pig & Whistle, but no matter how interesting or intriguing it sounds, avoid the curry fries at all cost.

              1. re: Civil Bear
                shanghaikid Oct 1, 2010 05:40 PM

                the fish & chip (9) is quite a value with it's enormous 2 pieces. juicy, flaky, and fresh tasting. if you go during happy hour (4-6), pints are only $3. nice selection of brews but not extraordinary.

            2. MissVeg Sep 29, 2010 06:09 PM

              Excellent! Thanks everyone. Let me know if you think of any place decent for fish and chips in Marin...

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              1. re: MissVeg
                alfairfax Sep 30, 2010 08:41 AM

                In Sausalito: fish. Good quality: fresh Alaskan halibut; good sides including excellent frites. BUT: high prices. $23 at last visit. I hear they are doing fried oysters & chips too.

                350 Harbor Dr, Sausalito, CA 94965

                1. re: MissVeg
                  dmg8758 Oct 3, 2010 10:37 AM

                  Nicks Cove and Cottages in Tomales use fresh halibut for their F&C...worth the drive to West Marin.

                  1. re: dmg8758
                    Steve Green Oct 3, 2010 12:25 PM

                    Yes. Fresh fish and good frying technique are most important. I found this photo I had taken a while back, of halibut and chips at Ketch Joanne. Draw your own conclusions.

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                  ML8000 Sep 29, 2010 06:54 PM

                  I like Flying Fish Grill in Half Moon Bay...tempura batter and rice bran oil. Like $8.50 for 3 pieces and chips.

                  Almost as good but slightly greasy (but not unreasonable at all) is Crispy Fry in the Emery Bay Public Market. Very crispy, very solid. Less then FFG.

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

                  Emery Bay Public Market
                  5800 Shellmound Way, Emeryville, CA 94608

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                    shanghaikid Sep 29, 2010 09:53 PM

                    honorable mention: cafe 15, oaktown downtown
                    fish king, (in the ghetto) 6447C international blvd.
                    london, hayward, ca.
                    forgetable: woodhouse, s.f. dry, bland
                    lake chalet house, oaktown, yuck, came from frozen
                    sea salt, one fish great, one fish dry, bland

                    1. BernalKC Sep 30, 2010 04:06 PM

                      Here are a couple of relatively current threads on F&C for you to peruse:

                      Craving fish and chips: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/601387

                      Fish & Chips: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/381137 [fixed, thanks wolfe!]

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