Monday, May 30, 2011

Small Fry

I had plenty of lovely makings in the fridge - a big steak to grill, perfect for the long holiday weekend and potatoes to roast, fresh peas in the pod just waiting for the word "Go!" but no incentive, no interest, no oomph. I just didn't feel like cooking.

My Beloved is beloved for lots of reasons and reading my body language at times like this is one of them. He suggested we dine out.

We drove over to the Yankee Pier restaurant in Larkspur looking for a bite of seafood dinner. The joint was jumping when we arrived but we were seated immediately anyway and offered the menu plus some enticing specials.

For an appetizer, we shared the fresh sardine plate. They came neatly butterflied, grilled and resting on a warm salad of fresh fava beans and arugula in a pool of lemony, kicky sauce. The deeply fishy fish were nicely balanced by the fresh greens and tangy sauce. Not everyone likes sardines for their somewhat oily flavor but for local, sustainable and good-for-you fish, they are hard to beat. These are the fish that spawned Cannery Row in Monterey and then left it flat when they mysteriously disappeared. They are back now, although Cannery Row has other fish to fry these days.

Yankee Pier is family-friendly, as witnessed by young children ineffectually supervised by their parents running up and down the aisles and nearly managing to trip the servers. If you are in a mood for peaceful surroundings, this is probably not the spot for you but if cheerful, bustling dining with small fry next to an open kitchen fits your attitude, you probably can't go wrong here. Especially if you are not in the mood to cook.

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6 Comments:

Blogger cookiecrumb said...

That's a nice place. I've only eaten outdoors (next to the sand box, so again, lots of kiddie activity).
Wow, I hope your sardines were as fresh as could be! I've grilled fresh sardines at home, and they were sweet, not fishy.

Monday, May 30, 2011  
Blogger namastenancy said...

I had grilled sardines at the Turkish restaurant on Clement Street and felt that they were a bit too fishy but your fish (and your day) sound great. Now, it's funny that I object to fishy sardines because I love the canned variety and, in fact, had them in salad earlier this week, Maybe we both needed those fish oils and Omega whatever it is in fish.

Monday, May 30, 2011  
Blogger Greg said...

I love an adventure like that.

Monday, May 30, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, they tasted nicely fresh, but certainly not sweet. Just fishy and rich.

Nancy, I like canned sardines, too, but the fresh ones are a rare treat, hard to find even though they are locally caught. I guess there's not a lot of demand for such oily little fishies.

Greg, me, too, and My Beloved supplies them on a regular basis. He's a peach!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011  
Blogger Ms Brown Mouse said...

AND they plates have lobsters on them, lobsters with claws *snap snap*

Wednesday, June 01, 2011  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Ms Mouse, yes, fun logo, isn't it? They do a good job.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011  

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