Fair Oaks Today!          April 15, 2005

Fins recently reopened in the revitalized Fair Oaks Pointe shopping center at Madison and Kenneth, and, as the name implies, it's about Fish, Shellfish, and all the variations that are possible.

First and foremost you have to like seafood and, well, sometimes the kids don't share your fondness for fish. For them, a special kids menu featuring Grilled Cheese Sandwiches or Cheese Quesadilla just might be the ticket to you enjoying your dinner!

Naturally, season and availability are always an issue with fresh seafood, but Fin's had everything from sushi to raw oysters, from live Maine lobsters to Alaskan crab, and even those Chesapeake Bay oysters. Much like some of the restaurants right down on the coast, you can have them cook it for you or you can just take the whole thing home and cook it yourself, but all items on the menu are available for take-out.

If that wasn't enough fish in your life, Fins also offers complete catering services, including party platters, crab, and cioppino feeds. A couple of us from Fair Oaks Today paid Fins a visit on a Friday around 7:00pm, which tends to be one of their busiest times of the week. As expected, the room was quite full, and yet it took less than a minute for one of the hosts to approach us and seat us at a table.

They were served nice and hot, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. For our two entrées, we chose the Sea Bass with Maddie's patties, their special twice-baked potato side dish, and the Prawn/Scallop Combo with rice pilaf. All of the food tasted very fresh and was served very hot with a slightly smoky flavor from the grill. The Sea Bass and Scallops were especially light, the kind of food that "melts in your mouth", but we were so full and satisfied after our meal that we had no room for dessert.

Our servers were both gracious and attentive, leaving us with refreshing glasses of Tropical iced tea for us to sip on and checking on us every so often until we had finally made up our minds. In general, the workers at Fins were very friendly and always on their feet. The servers and hosts were constantly keeping busy, if not by checking in on their guests, then by wiping down the tables and seeing that the place was kept spotless. The atmosphere and décor is family-oriented, open, and airy. Nothing ornate or fancy here, but then we went for the food and not the furniture.

One member of our crack eating crew commented, "It's nice that you won't find just one type of person here. You're just as likely to see a wealthy local business person enjoying a meal at Fins as you are to see a regular Fair Oaks family with their kids." The beer and wine list isn't extensive, but it does include wines from the Sonoma area and the St. Helena label from Washington State. The beer choices are likewise limited to the product of a couple of small breweries.

Fins is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Their hours are Saturday through Thursday,
11:00am to 9:00pm and Fridays, 11:00am to 10:00pm.