Menus are laminated to prevent staining from diners' spilled coffee or attempts to pen “lobster” into every item’s description. Get the dish you really want with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of freshly caught seafood, sandwiches, and savory breakfast dishes at Ketch Joanne Restaurant and Harbor Bar in Princeton-by-the-Sea.
A genealogy of fisherfolk and kitchen skippers informs Joanne Franklin's cuisine, seen in meals harvested from turf and surf alike. Freshly caught by the very cod hunters who hunker down at the restaurant's Fishermen's Table, piscine entrees may be bathed in lemon-garlic butter or parmesan-dill sauce or grilled until they admit the location of Atlantis. Diverse, fresh fish entrees include salmon ($21.95), Pacific oysters ($15.95), rock cod ($16.95), or the all-out Captain's Combo with scallops, prawns, cod, and calamari ($23.95). Terrestrial offerings include a savory new york steak with sautéed mushrooms ($25.95) and teriyaki-garlic chicken breast ($14.95). Tide yourself over at midday with a rich selection of burgers, sandwiches, and salads, which remain the only compelling reasons to wake up before 4 p.m. Appease appetites at any hour of the day with an array of savory breakfast plates, including speciality omeletes packed with seafood, veggies, and traditional linguica sausage, a sweet Portugese meat ($7.50+).
Since 1975, Ketch Joanne has operated from the same building, which teeters on the edge of Pillar Point Harbor. The entire Franklin family has worked at the restaurant, and Joanne prides herself on her restaurant's place in the Coastside community. An in-house bar stays open until 2 a.m. every day, with a dozens of draft beers, flat-screen TVs, and free WiFi for web-hungry mobile devices to shotgun through punctured wireless routers.