6/19/2013 03:00:00 PM

Fish 'N' Frites Serving Seafood Watch-Approved Shark

Photo by Tamara Palmer
SFoodie tipped us off to the opening of Fish 'N' Frites (328 Main St.) in Half Moon Bay, where customers can choose from among different seafood, batter, and oil options for deep frying and 25 sauces for dipping. If it sounds like a lot of choice, it is: Batter options are house, beer, tempura, gluten free rice, cornmeal and panko, which are fried in rice bran, canola or peanut oil; and the seafood choices include salmon, cod, catfish, tilapia, whole rainbow trout, oysters, calamari, tiger shrimp and mako shark.

Wait, shark — is that even okay?

According to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch list, the shortfin mako shark, which is caught wild in California and Hawaii, is classified as a "good alternative" to eating other types of shark. But the whole category doesn't come without an overall warning.

"Most shark populations worldwide are at historically low levels due to serious overfishing," cautions the site. "With just a few exceptions, shark is ranked 'Avoid.'"

A representative from Fish 'N' Frites said that sandwiches and tacos will be coming soon to Fish 'N'Frites, in case you might be craving an exceptional Spinal Tap-style shark sandwich.


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