Race St. Fish and Poultry Market: The British Would Come Here

253 Race. St
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4857

Hmm, let’s see, how can I put this…BEST FISH AND CHIPS IN SAN JOSE, PERIOD. What started out as a quest for Clam Chowder ended up being a smack to the face by good, crispy, flaky, fish and chips.

Julie and I heard about the amazing Clam Chowder that Race St. Fish and Poultry Market had, so we decided to venture down there and see for ourselves.  The Race Street Fish and Poultry Market is a place that sells fresh fish daily like a super market, but also has a separate cafe department that acts as a restaurant. They use their fresh catch of the day in many of their menu items.  When we arrived, we were really excited to eat Clam Chowder because we both were really craving it. We saw that they had a special for Clam Chowder and 1 piece of Fish with “chips.” I decided to replace my chips for zucchini fries and Julie replaced hers with fried mushrooms.

When we sat down and dug into our Clam Chowder, we can’t help it, but we just wanted more out of it. I thought the Clam Chowder was good and had a lot of depth and flavor to it, but I’m not sure why I just didn’t have the feeling of satisfaction that I thought I would. In any case, it was still very creamy, well seasoned, and good, but Julie and I just didn’t get the impression that it was the best Clam Chowder in San Jose like others have claimed.

I decided to dig into the Fish and Chips and…BAM. It hit me…this fish was moist, crispy, and flaky…something I did not expect. People have not talked much about the Fish and Chips here and I feel that is a big mistake. They arguably sell the most fresh fish in San Jose, so it’s natural that they would also sell the most fresh Fish and Chips, and guess what, they do. The tarter sauce is good and not limited like most places. You can grab as much as you want as well as the malt vinegar. Back to the fish. The batter wasn’t too greasy and too thick. It was the perfect thin layer of batter followed by fish that just flakes off with minimum pressure from your hands. It was THAT FLAKY. With the addition and malt vinegar and tarter sauce, you got a winning combination to please the British.

Come here and try their seafood. The zucchini fries and the fried mushrooms were okay, but you come here for the seafood. Julie and I wanted to order the Soft Shell Crab sandwich, but we’ll save it for another time. Please, if you want fresh fish and fresh entrees, come here, it’s a mistake not to.


~ by thankgoditsfood on July 11, 2010.

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