There are three major categories of offerings on the menu: The traditional fish-house dishes, the "Little Baja" Mexican-style options, and a relatively new sushi menu, which was introduced this summer. The happy hour menu includes a good sampling of all three. The Fish n' Chips ($6.95) is always a treat on the fish-fry side. You get your choice of catfish, cod, or salmon (there are five more options if you forgo the happy hour deal) and one out of three slaw options. But the best part is that you get two tartar sauces chosen from a list of eight, all of which are superb. Try mixing and matching. Dip your catfish in the Traditional tartar and your fries in the Rasta to spice them up with jerk flavors. Try the Cajun fried oysters ($8.95 a dozen) coupled with the Cajun tartar sauce for some snacks with an attitude. In the mood for Mexican flavors? The tacos, fish or shrimp done pretty traditionally, are among the best deals at $2.50 apiece.
The sushi menu covers the gamut, sashimi (sliced raw fish), nigiri (fish on rice), and an array of rolls from plain tuna or salmon and avocado to large and deluxe rolls combining a variety of ingredients and accent flavors. With fish this fresh, though, best to keep it simple. The basic yellowtail nigiri ($4 for two pieces) was perfect combined with the miso soup ($1.50), possibly the best I've ever had. Drink specials are available as well, considerately selected so you have an option regardless of your order: Sake ($1) or Asahi beer ($3.50) if Japanese is the flavor of the day, and $3 drafts and $1 soft drinks to wash down a basket of deep-fried goodness.If you can't make it for the discount hours or it's Monday, the one day of the week that doesn't have them, the regular menu has all of the above for about a dollar more, as well as sandwiches and salads-try the Buffalo Club or Buffalo Salad if you like your cod with a kick-plus soups and snacks like fried calamari, shrimp cocktail, ceviche, and some Japanese-inspired raw fish salads. There's something at Bend Fish Company for pretty much anyone who likes seafood, and you can bet that it will be done well with the freshest of ingredients. Landlubbers need not apply.
212 NE Revere St., 330-6131. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-8pm, Fri. & Sat. 11am-9pm. Happy hour, Tues.-Sat. 2-5:30pm.