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Oct 15, 2010 12:43 PM

Pan Seared/Pan Fried fish dishes

I am looking for a restaurant in SF proper that does a nice pan seared or pan fried fish dish (not salmon). I have looked on the boards for recommended seafood places, but am not coming across much. Perhaps there are some other non-seafood labeled restaurants that do this nicely? Thanks.

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  1. Tadich Grill and Sam's Grill are two old-school SF seafood houses that will do the job nicely. They also grill fish over charcoal.

    Tadich Grill
    240 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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    1. re: DavidT

      Right. Get any of the pan-fried local flat fish (petrale sole, rex sole, sand dabs) at either of those and you'll be happy, although I have a slight preference for Tadich over Sam's.

    2. It's not the most exciting place, but Hayes St. Grill does a really nice job with pan fried sand dabs or rex sole. Both are served on the bone (the right way, IMO) with a nice meuniere sauce and excellent french fries. I've had pretty good sand dabs at Tadich, but have attempted to not have them filleted and was refused.

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      1. re: mrs bacon

        Really? Because when I had the sand dabs at Tadich they were served on the bone. The waiter then offered to debone them for me tableside, but I did it myself (it's super easy to zip the skeleton right out of those little suckers). I remember because he complimented me on how well I did it.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          I had them once on the bone at Tadich. I remember they were listed under the specials on the menu. The other couple times I've ordered them, they were not listed as specials, and the waiter claimed they came deboned only. Seemed like they were boned before cooking? Whatever the case, the ones on the bone were much better. Now I stick to the Cioppino!

          1. re: mrs bacon

            I cook sand dabs occasionally and I can't imagine boning them before cooking. Oh well. I guess it's a mystery!

      2. Thanks everyone, I had forgotten about Tadich. Looking forward to trying it out.

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        1. re: skinnyfish

          If you really like pan fried sand dabs, go to Sam's Grill...much smaller than Tadich, boned and swimming in butter. Better check to make sure they have them.