My first visit a few years ago to Salinas Valley Fish House in Oldtown, the sister to Monterey Fish House, was pretty much a bust. We were in no hurry to return. However, recently my mom was hankering for a simple piece of grilled fish and we decided to give it try again for lunch.
Mom had the fish sandwich, and I ordered the calamari steak sandwich. These came with a choice of fries or salad. We had one of each and they were good enough. My calamari sandwich, shown below, was fine with very fresh garnishes of green leaf lettuce, ripe tomato slices, pepperoncini, and red onion, plus some mushy slices of black olive. The soft French roll was buttered and griddled to golden brown. With the breading on the calamari steak, the whole thing was on the dry side and needed more tartar sauce than I would normally add.
I think my mom’s fish sandwich, made with local rock fish (“red snapper”), fared better. Cooked just right and still juicy, it was a healthy size filet, served with the same ingredients.
Our total table for the two sandwich with tax and tip was $20. Service was quite attentive. We thought it was a good deal for such a pleasant room complete with white table cloths and napkins, and a fresh flower on the table.
Salinas Valley Fish House
172 Main St, Salinas, CA 93901