The Search Begins

In a new series of hard-hitting and under-your-skin investigative reports, this author will put his very life on the line to discover the best Fish ‘n Chips joint in Sacramento. Be not worried, fine readers, for I will pit my cast iron stomach against any poorly prepared creature from the sea and come out victorious.

My first foray into Sacramento’s Fish ‘n Chip jungle was made yesterday at our indefatigable Downtown Plaza. On the second floor of the Plaza, west end, next to Johnnie Rocket’s is the Blue Sea Fish ‘n Chips establishment. The Korean couple that ran the place was very friendly and served my order up right away. What they served up could definitely be defined as “Fish ‘n Chips,” but the quotations in this case imply a certain irony in that definition rather that the author directly quoting the company’s sign and therefore indicating that quotation in this article. The fish and fries were tasteless and flavorless and odorless. It was like eating unscented deodorant. To top it off, their tartar sauce tasted of miracle whip and pickled steel-toed boots. All in all, it was a lack luster show by the Blue Sea folks. If I had paid more than $5 for my meal, I would have asked for it back. But, seeing as I was the only person in the shop on a busy shopping day, I bit the bullet and absorbed the loss.

My search continues. Wish me luck, and pray that I don’t have a breading induced heart attack before the mission is accomplished. Cheers.

Blue Sea Fish ‘n Chips
Downtown Plaza , Sacramento
Food* Ambience* Service**

15 thoughts on “The Search Begins”

  1. Were you able to find any truth to the rumor that the Blue Sea’s fish is fried in the “popcorn butter” from the Downtown cinema?

    (PS Mmmmm, Rubicon fish and chips)

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  2. Oh man. Good luck. This town is overrun with little fish ‘n chip joints. I like them – they remind me of a few places on the Oregon Coast – but I’m always afraid I’ll have a heart attack just walking in the door.

    You could probably fuel and 18-wheeler on all the deep-fry oil they use. Unless they use movie popcorn butter.

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  3. Two places that I am interested in hearing about, you with your stomach-o-iron. One, the place on Alhambra that advertises fish and chips and resides in the strip mall just behind the Togo’s. And two, the Bonn Lair–although I understand that they *may* sub out their fish and chips to the Chinese place next door for cooking.

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  4. Please don’t omit the state fair’s fish & chips. Aren’t you supposed to ditch the tarter & use vinager?

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  5. Sure thing ST, I’ll pop right on down to the State Fair right away.
    As to the condiments, I believe that to tartar or not to tartar is up to the individual. I won’t foist my condiment beliefs on you man, so don’t bring me down with your condiment facisim.

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  6. There used to be a place in the little strip mall on Folsom Blvd.(next to the Perky Laundry, around 51st?) that wasn’t bad. I haven’t been there in about five years so don’t hold me to that. There’s always Streets of London too.

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  7. don’t get me wrong, I love Streets of London. The drinks are good, the service friendly, the crowd diverse, the jukebox well-stocked, but I can really pass on the food. The blackened chunks of stuff that come out from the kitchen scare me just to look at, not to mention eat.

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  8. I ate at the one behind Togos, mentioned a few comments back, and I liked it enough. My girlfriend had the fish and chips, I had friend mushrooms, zuchinni and chips.
    I stopped going there when I asked for a few extra packets of vinegar, they only gave me one packet for each order, and was told it would be 35 cents for each additional package. Ha ha. Pretty silly.

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  9. Please read friend mushrooms as fried mushrooms. Guess I’m feeling friendly today which I guess is better than feeling fried.

    AND ALL YOU BASTARDS HAVE THE DAY OFF DON’T YOU!

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  10. Bonn Lair’s fish & chips used to be made by the chinese restaurant next door (China Cafe) but are now made by the Trattoria Bohemia next door on the other side. I’m guessing they’re better now. I agree that the Rubicon’s are pretty good (one of the only menu things I really like there). I saw some good looking ones come out at Fox & Goose the other day – then again, they always LOOK good!

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  11. If you’re open to restaurant fish n’chips and not just counter-service type ones Tower has excellent fish & chips. They cost approximately one million dollars. Give or take. But they are awesome. One day I will buy me some more.

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  12. This deep fried investigation is welcome news to this infrequent lurker. I am glad I bookmarked this site and will be a more regular visitor.

    There is a fish and chips place at the corner of Fruitridge and Freeport that I’ve always wanted to try. It is in the storefront that once housed a Winchells doughnuts over a decade ago. Perhaps they kept the same deep fryer and just skimmed a couple of floaters off the top of the doughnut oil? If it is within your intended search radius, I’d be interested in reading your review of that place.

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  13. If your willing to go south a few miles to Elk
    Grove there is a fish and chips place on Elk Grove Blvd., just south of Elk Grove/Florin Rd. on the south side of the street. The place is small but has seating for about 20 people and the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. Sorry, can’t remember the name of the place off the top of my head.

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  14. Streets of London’s fish and chips track record, in my experience, is very “meh”. The first f&c I had November was wonderful– golden, light, tasty w/ crispy fries. The next time, on a busy Thursday night, burnt fish, soggy fries, snooty service. At a pub? For shame. The third time, midweek, was barely decent (and the tiny happy crowd was usually obnoxious and loud).

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