My stepmom was craving fried catfish so badly that she had a dream about it the night before. Her craving led us to Jonathan’s Fish & Chips, which my parents claim has the best catfish in the Silicon Valley area (besides my dad’s homemade recipe).
Dish of Choice
I ordered the large fried catfish and chips entree, which came in a basket with eight generous pieces of fish, fries, and coleslaw. The Cajun-style, cornmeal-battered fish and chips entree is also available in red snapper, sole, whiting, and buffalo catfish. I also ordered a fountain drink and shared a basket of fried okra with my parents. Altogether, my order came out to about $12.
We had to wait about 25 minutes for our order, but it was well worth the wait. Jonathan’s does not cook any food until you order it (no food sitting under heating lamps), so our fish was fresh and hot out of the fryer. The fish was deliciously flaky and lightly seasoned and battered, and the fries were crispy and hot.
I would also recommend the okra, which had the same breading as the fish. The large fish and chips entree is more than enough food for one person, and I took half of my meal home.
Jonathan’s Fish & Chips is a no-frills kind of place. The restaurant probably seats about 20-25 people, but many people order carryout. The owner is a very nice woman who greets and chats with her customers. It is a very welcoming, down-home atmosphere.
Jonathan’s Fish & Chips is located at 840 Willow Road in Menlo Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the restaurant’s website. For more information, call (650) 323-1092 or visit www.jonathansfishandchips.com.