HOTSPOT OF THE WEEK: THE YORK SHORE HOUSE
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!