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fish & chips

rachelhope | Aug 18, 199808:16 PM

Constriction of the wallet has continued to limit my
eating out experiences in my glorious new home of
Berkeley CA (although it's hard to be saddened when you
witness the wealth of glorious produce available in the
local markets; we have been cooking up a storm and have
begun, today, a strawberry-rhubarb-ginger jam); but, I
have had an opportunity to tast the fish and chips at a
local hole in the wall. Located on Shattuck, just a
block or two north of University, this hole in the wall
sticks to a very simple logic. Enter, there are a
couple of bars at which you can eat your fish and
chips, a couple of posters depicting English and Irish
culture and history, a cooler with some strange
(non-American) sodas and a bar behind which are two or
three deep fryers. The kitchen, which can be glimpsed
through a doorless-doorway is probably equipped only
with a refrigerator and a mixing bowl for the batter.
So, we (my English boy who offers the props for this
analysis) ordered fried cod and chips. It was
deliciously hot, greasy and authentic. The batter was
crispy, golden, not overly thick, and very hot. The
cod was moist and flaky, a plain fish that serves to
bring attention to the batter. The chips were
serviceable though not as delish as the fish. The boy
rates it a 7 out of 10, and the only "real" fish and
chips he's ever had in 10 years of living in the US
(all of those years until now in NYC).

BTW thanks to all for the Berkeley tips. I've followed
up on a number of them and agree that the bread at Acme
is wonderful (I especially like the sweet bread for
making BLTs) and that the baguettes are even better
from the Cheeseboard (as are their gruyere rolls, my
lunch today); and Kermit Lynch even had wine from the
obscure (900 person) town in France where I spent March
and part of April.

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