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
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!
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
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.
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.