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Gone chippin'

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Downtown San Luis Obispo is full of fantastic places to get lunch, or even a low-key, inexpensive dinner. Diners with a healthy appreciation for seafood and beer can now turn to Pacific Fish and Chippery, an eatery that specializes in variations of fish 'n' chip meals.

BATTER UP :  Pacific Fish and Chippery double batters each fresh piece of fish and offers beer and wine to wash it down. Stop in for a bite, or pop in for take-out. - PHOTO BY JESSE ACOSTA
  • PHOTO BY JESSE ACOSTA
  • BATTER UP : Pacific Fish and Chippery double batters each fresh piece of fish and offers beer and wine to wash it down. Stop in for a bite, or pop in for take-out.

# David Katz and Gary Wallace, both of whom have previously operated businesses downtown, opened the chippery in late November. The menu is limited, but the quality of the fish paired with the perfect beer makes their dishes the type you could eat again and again. Katz ensures that each piece of fish is double battered and that the product is fresh.

"We dedicated ourselves to doing a limited menu with a very high quality," said Katz. "People were asking for a seafood place, and I have a tremendous amount of background in this product. The whole idea is to produce the best fish and chips that you couldn't get anywhere else."

The eatery's interior is surprisingly refined and light, with definite nautical influences such as a screen playing images of fish on the wall and a metal wall-hanging of a mermaid. With enough bar seating for about a dozen customers, a significant percentage of the chippery's business will come from take-out.

With prices ranging between $7 and $8.50 per dish and an additional $6.50 for a large beer, a meal at Pacific Fish and Chippery may not be as inexpensive as a fast-food burger, but given the quality, it's well worth the few extra dollars. Also, Katz focused on obtaining a wide selection of beer and wine, specifically chosen for their compatibility with fish 'n' chips.

Pacific Fish and Chippery is located at 852 Higuera Street and is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Because the restaurant is still new, the hours are subject to change.

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