Beerfish opened just two months ago in North Park. They specialize in a wide selection of fresh seafood based items with 30 beers and a few wines on tap.
Inside you’ll find a bright, casual and eye catching design with ocean accents throughout. There’s also a small oyster bar where they serve a variety of oysters. During happy hour there’s $1 oysters.
Outside boasts a large patio, perfect for a nice day.
Anh won the chowder decision with the Red Clam Chowder. We didn’t rock paper scissors or anything. How did she win then? Who knows. I heard love conquers all. Yes I do prefer the white chowder, but I ended up being a fan of the red regardless. We ordered a bread bowl but a cup came out. I was too hungry to ask for it to be changed.
The clams were nice and tender with a strong tomato base. Packed with potatoes and onions gave it a nice heartiness. Up until the last few spoonfuls I didn’t sense any sand. Maybe I was lucky as Anh got some earlier. I did miss the creaminess of a white chowder but for a red I liked it.
The Oregon Sweet Shrimp Cocktail wasn’t the highlight of the meal. Basically we got overcooked shrimp (some not deveined) in a tomato sauce, with no seasoning. Drowning it with lemon and hot sauce almost saved it. I was hoping for a standard shrimp cocktail with cocktail sauce.
If a restaurant offers fries, it ends up on our table. The Old Bay fries came out piping hot and crispy with a very soft inside, just how I like it. The Old Bay seasoning seemed to add flavor to some fries more than others. Overall, I liked how they did their fries here and would order it again.
By far the favorite of the meal was the Crispy Catch fish sandwich. Their large pieces of perfectly fried cod fish were some of the best I have had in a long time. Flaky, and seasoned well, the fish pulled away with ease. Along with the lip smackingly good tarter sauce and the lettuce and tomato, we found a resounding winner. And the bun. Don’t forget about the potato bun. Pillowy soft without getting too soggy, I was very happy. This sandwich alone warrants another visit to make sure we weren’t dreaming. The corn slaw was alright too. But that fish sandwich…
We had a mixed experience with a few misses but also a huge hit. The strong highlight makes us excited for a future visit though. Next up besides another fish sandwich (or two) will be the lobster roll, fish and chips, and the yellowtail.
Update: Someone mentioned that Beerfish is actually located in Normal Heights so we wanted to make a note of that.
2933 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116