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There are many restaurants in Sacramento that sell fish and chips, but very few non-chain restaurants that specialize in this fine fare.  Ocean Fish and Chips is a one-of-a-kind, locally owned and operated restaurant that specializes in fish and chips, deep fried, London style.  On Friday, March 11, 2016, I just happened to be in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento, so it was time to take a culinary trip to London, without leaving Sacramento.

Photo:  Ocean Fish and Chips is located in a small shopping center, in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento.  Note the 1968 Chevy Malibu in the parking lot... how many 1968 Chevy's do you see driving around Sacramento in 2016?

Photo:  The dining room as soon as you enter the front door.  The dining room is quite plain, and on the small side, but it's comfortable and clean.  When I walked in on Friday afternoon, March 11, 2016 at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, there were only a few tables seated, but by the time I left, nearly every table was seated, and there was a line of people waiting to order.  The order counter and the kitchen can be seen at the rear of the photo.  Ocean offers Coca-Cola fountain soft drinks, but also maintain a cooler for canned soft drinks, beer and wine.

Photo:  Meet John, the owner of the restaurant, who's motto is "everything is fresh."  The menu is on the wall behind the counter, but there is a stack of printed take-out menus is you prefer to read a paper menu.  The format is very typical of many fast-food/sit-down restaurant combos, in you make your selection from the menu, pay for your order, seat yourself at a table, and when your order is ready, it will be brought to you.  John is very friendly, and greeted many of the customers by name, so Ocean Fish and Chips must have a huge clientele of local fish enthusiasts.  The semi-open kitchen can be seen just to the left of John.

Ocean specializes in fish and chips, but they also serve deep-fried calamari, chicken strips, clams, oysters, prawns, scallops, and even burgers and teriyaki.  A menu selection that really caught my eye was the "Seafood Sampler," which includes fish, prawns, oysters and scallops, along with chips.  I'm a sucker for seafood, so I need to try that.

Sides include chips, a.k.a., "fries," onion rings, hushpuppies, mushrooms, onion rings, zucchini, clam chowder and green salad.  It seems like this fine restaurant has a little something for every taste.

Ocean Fish and Chips has been serving the Arden-Arcade community of Sacramento since 1999.  The restaurant is family owned and operated, and it's unique, meaning it's not part of a chain.  I certainly prefer to enjoy dining a local restaurants!

Photo:  This gentleman - I didn't catch his name - is one of the kitchen staff, who was doing waiting duties on this Friday afternoon, as he brings a client her basket of fish and chips.  He brought mine to me, but I blurred the shot, so I considered myself fortunate that I was able to snap this photo.  

Photo:  The waiter is a better photographer than I am, as he didn't blur the shot, as he snapped me about ready enjoy my selection from today's "Daily Special" of Shrimp and Clams.  Every day, Ocean posts a "Daily Special" on the wall, of one menu selection at a reduced priced.  Today's special was two pieces of fish, a quarter pound of clams, and chips.  That sounded good, especially since the price of the meal was only $7.39 plus tax, which made a good value.  Note the squeeze bottles of ketchup, cocktail sauce and tartar sauce, along with a bottle of malt vinegar.  Just the thing to enhance a delicious seafood meal!

Photo:  My "Daily Special" of two pieces of deep-fried fish, quarter pound of clams, and lots of chips.  The fish-to-batter ratio was perfect, and the fish, chips and clams were deep-fried perfectly, and were not greasy or salty.  The meal was fantastic, and could be described "as good as it gets."  Note the HUGE portion of fish, clams and fries! Delicious food at a great value.

The food is great, the service is excellent, and the prices are very reasonable.  When you're in the mood for delicious fish and chips, look to Ocean Fish and Chips to satisfy your craving.  As John says, "Everything is fresh..."

Ocean Fish and Chips
2558 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
916 483-3730

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