FRESH OFF THE HOOK
507 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 322-9224; 401 S. 8th St., Boise, 343-0220
When it comes to seafood in the Treasure Valley, Fresh Off The Hook is the great white shark at the top of the food chain. The restaurant perennially dominates this category, and with a new location in Downtown Boise to accompany its quaint store on Milwaukee Street, it's difficult to imagine that changing anytime soon.
Calamari, crab, shrimp, scallops, clams and, of course, all kinds of fish are on a menu stuffed full of fresh and quality dishes. One tried-and-true test of a seafood restaurant is always the fish and chips, and Fresh Off The Hook's receives an A-plus. The moist, golden yellow morsels of breaded Alaskan cod (also available with mahi mahi, halibut, salmon, clam strips or jumbo shrimp) melt in your mouth, and the crunchy fries that come with them are very good. Each meal comes with a complimentary scoop of sherbet, a unique and perfect touch to finish the meal.
For those lamenting that even the western edge of the Treasure Valley is nowhere near an ocean, Fresh Off The Hook makes those hundreds of miles drift away with its maritime atmosphere and unbelievably tasty food. You may even wonder where you docked the sloop when you leave.
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Red Lobster, 550 N. Milwaukee St., 672-1188, redlobster.com