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Monday, May 11, 2009

Spring Fever? Head North to Fish

Posted By on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 7:47 PM

click to enlarge More reliable than Google Maps: Directions to Fish
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Fish 350 Harbor near Gate Five Rd., Sausalito, 331-3474.

It's May, that happy season of blooming honeysuckle and brilliant sunshine, the perfect time to hop a ferryboat to Sausalito and enjoy the year's most intoxicating weather. Just make sure to keep yourself properly fueled during your day in the country. The North Bay's best seafood venue has to be Fish, where the chowder is fragrant with Madeira, linguica, and freshly shucked clams, the fish and chips are all about crispness, lightness, and the rich, meaty flavor of Alaskan halibut, and the Saigon salmon sandwich is ribboned with cilantro, jalapeño, and gingery scallons.

Fish's dedication to organic and sustainable seafood of exceptional quality is reflected in its top-flight ceviche, poke, fish tacos, and oysters both barbecued and on the half shell, not to mention the crab roll, the tuna melt, the fried oyster po' boy, the linguini with clams... Maybe the best way to approach Fish is to check the blackboard to see what the restaurant's trawler pulled in that morning. Order whatever strikes your fancy, grilled on an oak plank and served on an Acme torpedo roll with a little bit of tangy housemade tartar sauce and a pile of gloriously crunchy shoestring potatoes on the side.

You can sit out on the deck overlooking the bay, there's Guinness and Anchor Steam on tap, and if you feel like doing your own grilling, the attached market sells the freshest fish you'll find anywhere. Cash only. Caveat: Despite its rustic counter-service picnic-table setting, Fish's prices tend towards the exorbitant.

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