This is N's and my favorite place to eat fish and chips in the area.
The Depot Cafe is under the overpass that allows you to bypass downtown Albany, across the street from the train depot and right beside a little dessert shop named, Sidekicks. As usual, all good intentions to take photos go out the window when the promise of good food is close at hand - my apologies. At least I did get a camera phone shot of part of the menu. (We went back with the camera, thus the new slide show.)
We walked in to the small, cedar shake covered building around 7:30 PM, Wednesday evening, so we didn't have to wait outside or at the bar for a table. The inside features a small salt water aquarium on the front counter and a large aquarium in the back. There are 2 or 3, large model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, beer and baseball memorabilia, photos of special and famous customers covering the walls. They've created an interesting, cozy, vintage atmosphere, where there's always something to look at or talk about. Rustic booths line the wall opposite their short bar/counter and they offer a large, dining table for 4 or more diners.
A waitress came to our table as soon as we sat down in a booth and asked what we'd like to drink. She returned promptly with our beer and told us someone would be right with us to take our order. Another waitress arrived within a few minutes and took our food order. N and I, decided on our usual, a medium fish dinner and a small pitcher of beer. Somewhere around 10 - 12 minutes later our steaming, hot food arrived. On 2, 12" oval plates, we were each served a generous heap of nicely browned, fresh cut, fries, a salad of leaf lettuce, chopped carrots, covered in bay shrimp, AND four, fish fillets, in a thin, cornmeal blend coating. The fillets are approximately 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter and 6 - 7 inches in length. Every time we've visited, the tartar sauce tastes slightly different- but always good. I guess it depends on who makes it that particular day.
Our bill came to $36.40 - 2 large dinners and a small pitcher of beer. Now to buy a pair of elastic waist jeans!
Albany, OR 97321