On Tuesday, two chowhounds and a guest ‘hound indulged in a fried seafood frenzy at Mel’s Fish & Chips. Overcast when we started, soon the sun came out to shine on our outdoor table. Our view of the parking lot can’t really compare to the fish shacks on Bodega Bay, but not bad for a quick weekday lunch.
What to say about a basket of deep-fried stuff? Not sure, as this was not the fish and chips of my dreams, yet decent enough. Mel’s has oysters as one of the seafood options, as well as artichoke hearts.
Here’s the fried oysters with supplement paid for fried artichoke hearts instead of french fries. The one oyster I tried was a bit past prime. I liked the artichoke hearts dipped in ranch dressing.
We also tried the Combo #1 - calamari, prawns, fish, and fries with extra pieces of fish to share round. This comes with coleslaw that tastes freshly made, if dripping with mayonnaise. Steak cut fries were on the mealy side. Nice thick slabs of cod were cooked to a T, just starting to flake and still a little translucent and soft. Cocktail sauce barely had a whisper of horseradish.
Maybe the best item, the Fresh onion rings, shown here. Golden brown batter was a bit on the soft side, but the onion kept a bit of crunch.
With tax, cost was about $11 per person for a lot of food and our extras.
Mel's Fish & Chips
1016 Hopper Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403