Recently I stopped in Crockett for dinner on the way home. I drove right on past the neon-lit Dead Fish down to The Nantucket on the water, preferred by chowhounds.
A first timer, I ordered the cioppino. Things looked promising when the small dinner salad included with my meal was spritely fresh and topped with a crumble of blue cheese along with the dressing. The cioppino was a huge serving brimming with expertly cooked large and succulent Dungeness crab claws, rock shrimp, prawns, clams, mussels, and calamari. These were in the shell, and the bib and damp napkin provided were put to good use. Unfortunately, the cioppino also had some pieces of salmon . . . the trend of putting overly oily farmed salmon in fish soups should stop here and now. Except for the errant fish, it was fine with a robust tomato base, chunks of waxy potatoes and fresh herbs. The parmesan toast was good for dunking in the broth. This was better than the last cioppino I had at Tadich Grill.
The Nantucket Restaurant
501 Port St
Note: be sure to call for directions as its not easy to find.