Monday, June 01, 2009
Golden State's fish n' chips (or) slaw makes the ideal meal
The ideal meal, for me, anyway. I love me some fried seafood and some good beer. And while fries can be awfully good, a big pile of coleslaw usually makes me feel slightly less bad about consuming all that fried breading. But it's not that easy to get this combo right. The fish needs to be perfectly fried, with a crust that makes a distinct crackle when you bite into it. The coleslaw needs to be lightly dressed, not too creamy, not too sweet, with a tangy vinegar note to offset the fried fish. It shouldn't be too expensive -- Ye Olde King's Head's fish 'n chips is quite good, but it's up to $14 for the small size. Golden State delivers on all my requirements for the perfect $10 fried fish meal, upping the ante even more with jalapenos in the coleslaw and unusual beers like Telegraph's Reserve Wheat Ale. This sour beer was nothing like a wimpy Hefweizen; instead it blends lemon verbena with wild yeas,t making a beer seemingly tailored for fish 'n chips. It's like the jalapeno coleslaw of beers -- refreshing, yet flavorful and hearty. Damn. I could eat this exact meal at least once a week, but I probably shouldn't.
at 8:13 AM