HOTSPOT OF THE WEEK: THE YORK SHORE HOUSE

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LAN­CASTER 661-945-3370 43629 15th Street West

A cou­ple of weeks ago, dur­ing all the crazy snow, my com­pan­ion and I were in the mood for Fish and Chips. The York Shore House seemed the per­fect spot for this great English clas­sic fla­vor we were crav­ing. As we walked in, I saw a sign on the wall which told their story, which is pretty amaz­ing…

“Nes­tled in the cen­ter of Lan­caster, the York Shore House has been serv­ing up great authen­tic fish and chips for 40 years. Started in 1980, the York Shore House quickly be­came Lan­caster’s hot spot for fish. Today many of those orig­i­nal dishes still re­main. Our fish is Pol­lock, which is caught in the deep cold waters off Iceland. We fry our fish and chips in 100% no trans-fat and 100% choles­terol free peanut and canola oil to in­sure moist, healthy, clean tast­ing fil­let. Our sauces and sal­ads are still pre­pared today as they were 40 years ago: from scratch, with only the fresh­est and finest in­gre­di­ents pos­si­ble. One bite and you will agree, it’s the best fish out of the sea.” That story was not only in­ter­est­ing, but true on ALL ac­counts.

As we walked up to the counter to or­der, we saw very large ocean blue and black menu boards, with all dif­fer­ent types of seafood and items we could or­der!

We skipped most and went straight for what we came in for; fish and chips. We or­dered The Cap­tains Plate, $14.49—1 piece of fish or chicken with 3 shrimp, 3 oys­ters and 3 scal­lops, chips and small coleslaw. Deep Fried Cau­li­flower—$3.99. Gar­den Salad—$4.29 which con­sists of mixed lettuce and your choice of tomato, olives, carrots, cheese, pep­per­oncini’s, sun­flower seeds, 3 bean salad, and of course, crab salad. Lastly, we or­dered cala­mari with pep­per­oncini—$7.29 and a side or­der of Hush Pup­pies for $3.99. Since it was din­ner time, I had a Bud Light from a very nice list of do­mes­tic and im­ported beers and my com­pan­ion chose a glass of red wine.

The pieces of fish are quite large, so one was def­i­nitely suf­fi­cient to en­joy the de­li­cious fla­vor of the sea-- very crisp, tasty and crunchy out­side bat­ter with a de­lec­ta­ble moist, ten­der and flaky fish in­side. The fla­vor is so de­li­cious, that us­ing malt vine­gar or tar­tar sauce is not even nec­es­sary un­less you want to en­joy the added taste of made from scratch sauce, which of course en­hanced the taste that much more! I even mixed the cat­sup with malt vine­gar which made a very de­li­cious dip­ping sauce.

On the Cap­tain’s Plate I opted for the chicken and very happy I did—the chicken seemed to have that same amaz­ing crisp, tasty and crunchy out­side with a rather juicy and ten­der in­side; very yummy in­deed. The scal­lops and oys­ters were equally fresh and yummy with the am­ple sized fried shrimp tast­ing out­stand­ing, es­pe­cially when dipped in the made from scratch shrimp sauce.

The gar­den salad was a de­light, not only get­ting a great mix­ture of veg­gies but hav­ing them ever so fresh as well. The de­li­cious crab put that salad right over the top and then driz­zled with the ranch dress­ing made it an ab­so­lute hit!

Now, the Hush Pup­pies while they were ab­so­lutely de­li­cious and added a nice touch to our meal, we opted to take most of the or­der home to en­joy with the ex­tra coleslaw and shrimp we had al­ready de­cided to pack up. This helped us to have some ex­tra room in our tum­mies for dessert. And, since I usu­ally try to end my meal with some­thing sweet, it seemed like the per­fect so­lu­tion.

We walked back up to the counter to see what York Shore House of­fered for dessert. I barely started to look when I no­ticed Fried Twinkies with boy­sen­berry sauce. Wow, I can’t re­mem­ber ever tast­ing any­thing like that be­fore; three large hunks of cream wrapped in cake deep fried and sprin­kled with pow­dered sugar, then served with the most de­li­ciously sweet berry sauce for dip­ping; just scrump­tious!

Even though I en­joyed ev­ery­thing and I do mean ev­ery­thing—I have to ad­mit the fried pep­per­oncini had to be my fa­vorite. How can you pos­si­bly make pep­per­oncini’s even bet­ter than they al­ready are, you might ask…well, my friends, just add that fab­u­lous bat­ter and fry them, I say! Uniquely dif­fer­ent is the only way to ex­plain the fab­u­lous fla­vor.

The York Shore House has quite a var­ied menu with so much to of­fer—Fish, Shrimp, Oys­ters, Scal­lops, Clam and Cala­mari Strips, Shrimp Tem­pura, Stuffed Shrimp, But­ter­fly Shrimp and New Eng­land Clam Chow­der. Plus, Deep Fried Green Beans, Zuc­chini, Mushrooms, Onion Rings, Corn Nuggets – or you might like to try a Fish Taco, Bread Bowl, Cream or Ched­dar Cheese Pop­pers, Sweet Potato French Fries or maybe even a Fish Slider.

Daily spe­cial served ev­ery day for $10.29 in­cludes 1 piece of fish or chicken, chips, small coleslaw and small drink—great value. Mon­day and Wed­nes­day are Fish Taco day for $3.89, Tues­day is combo day—1-piece fish or chicken and your choice of 4 shrimp, 4 scal­lops or 4 oys­ters, chips and a drink for $12.89 and Thurs­day is 1 piece of fish or chicken, small chow­der or salad and small drink for $10.29.

The York Shore House, Authen­tic English Fish & Chips is open for dine in and take out 6 days a week, Mon­day thru Satur­day 11:00am-8:00pm, closed on Sun­day. You will find them at 43629 15th Street West in Lan­caster at the cor­ner of 15th west and Av­enue K. Call ahead to have your or­der ready— (661) 945-3370. Bon Ap­pétit!

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