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Snapper’s Seafood – Richmond’s BEST fried fish & fries (may be lard involved)

rworange | Mar 29, 200611:18 PM

The restaurant is spotless and shiny but the air is thick with the aroma of fry oil. The smell that always crinkles my nose and I never identify until the first bite … lard.

The deliciousness of the first taste of those fries seems to confirm it.

Fantastic super-fresh fries, medium cut, similar to In-N-Out… but really, really good … with a deep potato flavor and just the hint of sweetness … like some white potatoes have that natural sweet flavor.

They are soft and lightly fried and they didn’t make it home. I gobbled them up on the drive back. I didn’t even adulterate them with catsup. Too good for that.

There’s a nice attention to detail here. There are bottles of hot sauce on the counter
- Stubbs wicked chicken wing sauce
- Frank’s Red hot sauce
- Uncle Cho’s Tuong ot Sriracha sauce
- Crystal

The fish is lovingly cradled in an aqua paper basket lined with yellow paper and comes with three little cups of sauces
- Vinegar based red hot sauce
- Sweet sauce like for egg rolls with a little peppery bite
- Home-made tartar sauce with lots of sweet pickle relish

The snapper was fresh and moist with a thin coating of corn meal mixed with black pepper. After the food was finished, I noticed there was no grease on the paper. It’s the kind of fish I remember eating as a child that was fried by some of my friends’ mothers whose roots were in the South.

I asked the young woman at the counter how long Snapper’s was in business and she peeked around the corner and asked “Mama, when did the restaurant open?” It was 1992.

Nailah Beuford (aka mama) was dressed in white, and IIRC, wearing a white chef’s hat. Everything is fried to order. No heat lamps here.

The menu is linked below.

Other fish: Catfish, Buffalo, Filet of Sole, Whiting, Prawns, Oysters

The daughter said the snapper and the catfish were the most popular. Given the name is Snapper seafood, I went with that.

They also have chicken wings and chicken strips.

Sides include: Hush puppies, onion rings, red beans & rice, macaroni salad, potato salad and cole slaw.

The term ‘sandwich’ is a euphemism in fried fish joints in Richmond. It means you get two slices of supermarket bread on top of the fish and fries.

They have added chili to the menu. It is a thick mildly-spicy, tomato sauce type chili with some beans and ground beef. For $2.50 with some crackers, it is a satisfying lunch.

They had some small sweet potato pies from Cassandra’s bakery.

There’s one table with aluminum chairs and a counter with two stools. It is a tiny space. This isn’t my neighborhood and it looks a big iffy to me, so it is just a FYI. Most of the houses have iron bars on windows and doors.

However, everyone I met was very nice. The restaurant is homey like the food. I definitely will be back.

Snapper’s Seafood
1501 Ohio Avenue (take Cutting toward the bridge, Right on 17th, left on Ohio)
Richmond, Ca.94804

Closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
Wednesday – Friday: 12pm -7pm
Saturday 3:30 pm to 9pm
Proprietor: Nailah Beuford


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