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Find excellent New England seafood in a little place on Market

When I complimented our server on the lobster roll, he confessed that he hadn't yet sampled it; his favorites were the fish and chips, and an occasional special of East Coast steamers. When Joyce, baby Violet, and I had lunch at Woodhouse (wildly busy after the calm Sunday supper), we had to concur about the fish and chips: The Icelandic cod, lightly coated in a crisp batter made with Anchor Steam beer, broke apart into thick, luscious steaming-hot flakes of snowy white fish. It was as easy to eat and as irresistible as potato chips. We knew we must have that dish again. We also shared fried Ipswich whole-belly clams, sharply briny and gutty under their own crunchy batter, and a bargain $9 lunch special of half a big artichoke stuffed with plain undressed crab, lemon and tartar sauce on the side. (There are four $9 lunches, but the two-piece fish and chips on the list would have been entirely inadequate to our needs! We required the hungry-girl size.)

Snug quarters and big tastes at Woodhouse Fish Company.
James Sanders
Snug quarters and big tastes at Woodhouse Fish Company.

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Woodhouse Fish Company

2073 Market
San Francisco, CA 94114

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: Castro/ Noe Valley


New England clam chowder $4.50 cup

$6 bowl

Lobster roll $17.95

Fish and chips $12.95

Fried Ipswich clams $19.95

Cracked Dungeness crab $14.95 half, $23.95 whole

New England boiled lobster $18.95 half, $28.95 whole

437-CRAB (2722) Open Monday through Friday 11:45 a. m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 5 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations not accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: difficult. Muni: F, K, L,M. Noise level: high.

2073 Market (at 14th St.)

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Woodhouse Fish Company isn't quite perfect — the restaurant needs to rethink both its bland tartar sauce (up the pickles, and I would suggest fresh dill, if I can be so bold) and cocktail sauce (why not freshly grated horseradish?). But I wasn't surprised to see Incanto's genius chef Chris Cosentino chowing down on fish and chips and fried clams en famille at the next table. The man not only knows how to cook, he knows how to eat.

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