What? Stop looking at me like that! How could I say no to lunch at The Fish Market? You expect me to refuse a chance to eat their decadent clam chowder? Or miss tasting their sourdough bread slathered with butter? I think not...
The Fish Market is a local restaurant chain that started in 1976 when a sport fisherman and a boat captain got together and decided to offer delicious, fresh seafood at an "honest" price. Although the seafood at The Fish Market is diverse, fresh and very delicious, I have to argue that the price isn't all that affordable...not when it costs $13 for a half-dozen oysters, but I digress.
We were seated in the back of the restaurant facing the water (a man-made canal that runs through San Mateo and Foster City). We made our selections quickly and relaxed while reminiscing about our past experiences there. Another server made his way to our table with some ice water and a bread basket featuring a half-loaf of their delicious sourdough bread. I discovered that they get their bread fresh from La Boulange based in San Jose when all this time I thought they made it there.
For our main dish, my mom and I decided to split their Fish & Chips Combination plate featuring panko fried Sea of Cortez prawns, Massachusetts sea scallops and Pacific lingcod. When it came out, the waitress had kindly pre-split the entree for us, which I though was a nice touch of quality service. Everything was so tasty, fried perfectly in the panko crumbs and still moist with no nasty rubber-like texture...especially the scallops which are so delicate. The seafood was also served with coleslaw and french fries plus a nice tartar sauce for dipping.
So, even though it wasn't an "official" cheat, I couldn't help enjoying myself, hanging out with my mom and savoring the flavors from my past. I figure after this trip, I will come back home to New Orleans and re-start my diet. I promise!