On the fish and chip front (as I know you are anxiously awaiting my latest dispatch), as a part of my vacation, I recently sampled the fare at the McMenamin's Edgefield Pub. It was a disaster. Overcooked rubbery fish and soggy fries. What a disgrace to all of fishdom - to think that a poor fish gave its life for that. Sigh. The rest of the visit was wonderful, however, and I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of their IPA which I haven't had in years, it was really tasty. But I must now sadly place McMenamin's on the black list for fish and chips.
On a brighter note, have now had the F&C at the New Old Lompoc's Oaks Bottom Public House on several occasions and can now say with confidence that they are consistently superb. I have not tried them at their other locations, but I will assume that they are good unless proven otherwise.