Andria’s Seafood

The lunch line going out the door: a good sign and worth the wait!

The lunch line going out the door: a good sign and worth the wait!

Ventura is about 90 miles from the BBQ Family’s abode.  We succumb to the beckoning call of its beaches, BBQ (It’s In the Sauce BBQ) and bargains (Camarillo Outlets and downtown thrift stores) twice or thrice a year.  Another great attraction is humbly situated in the quaint Ventura Harbor Village: Andria’s Seafood Restaurant and Market.  Along with BBQ, fish markets are one of the BBQthDirector’s top culinary research endeavors (with frozen yogurt just recently entering the conversation — yay for Pinkberry!).

With a constant stream of fishing vessels dropping off their bounty in Ventura Harbor, it’s no wonder Andria’s has some of the freshest fish around.  And the locals know the treasure they have at their disposal.  Try to go at an off time or you’ll be spending a lot of time in line.  If you happen to get there during a major rush, it’s worth the wait.  The BBQthDirector recommends that you try Andria’s Fish and Chips, which is some of the best I’ve had.  Made out of Angel Shark, which has a firm (almost chickeny) flesh and mild flavor.  The batter is just right and the fries have a nice seasoning salt on them.  You can spend a bit extra on Fried Cod or Halibut, but you can get those anywhere.  Try Andria’s specialty first!  The tartar sauce, while not earth-shattering, is good.  It’s available at a self-serve counter, along with lemons, cocktail sauce, malt vinegar and Cholula.  I’ve also had the grilled Halibut (locally caught, of course).  It was impeccably fresh, but just a bit bland (a little more salt and butter would do the trick).

On our last trip, we got two orders of the fish and chips, two orders of the chicken and chips (which were very good), and an order of onion rings (which were excellent).  We were thinking the six of us would be splitting a light lunch, but we couldn’t finish it.  The servings are very generous, which is really saying something as the BBQthDirector’s appetite can be described as gluttonous.  As I brought the tray of deep fried love to our outdoor table, there were a number of “oooohhhs” and “aaaahhhs” and even a, “wow, look at that!”

So, here, look at it…

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13 comments so far

  1. lonestarpreacher on

    why does the ocean have to be so far away?

  2. Becka on

    I’ll have to keep that in mind for next time I’m in the area. Matt LOVES seafood. It’s kinda growing on me. 🙂

  3. jenmarie on

    You’ll have to go to England sometime. The best fish and chips anywhere!!! And served with a British accent…it’s worth the money just for that.

  4. Robby on

    yuck!! i hate seafood!! why do u want to eat something that comes from the sea?!? sick jay!

  5. Renae on

    I don’t eat seafood seeing as I am allergic to shellfish! 🙂 But it sounds like a good place to eat

  6. jaynepomuceno on

    Oh, yeah, I’m all about going to England sometime for fish ‘n chips. Now if I can only figure out a way to get there by bus….

  7. L.A. Food Bloggin on

    Try Quality Seafoods in Redondo Beach.

  8. jaynepomuceno on

    Quality Seafoods is on the radar!

  9. Dianna on

    Ok, So we are going to have to go try this place. The chicken strips looked really good. I know it is a seafood place, but if they have chicken i’ll try it!:)

  10. jaynepomuceno on

    Dianna, we’re overdue for a BBQ Extended Family food trip!

  11. Watch Me Eat on

    Mmmm… Deep fried fish! I think I’d be sick from eating a whole plate of that though. Too much fried stuff for one sitting…

  12. seafood gourmet on

    Delicous food and nice photo

  13. […] bubble of Independent Fundamental Baptist modesty.  It was very nice.  Of course, we hit up Andria’s Seafood to enjoy the primary reason I love the ocean: A festival of fabulous fried […]

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