The lunch line going out the door: a good sign and worth the wait!
Ventura is about 90 miles from The Fun 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. Fish markets are one of The Fun Foodie's top culinary research endeavors.
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 Fun Foodie 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 Fun Foodie'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!"