Best meals for 8-10 days

Bill W

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Bill Walsh
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Red Rooster
One of the in control factors for a trip is the meals. Do you have a favorite boat in regards to the meals served. Also afternoon snacks and soup. Hot cereal for breakfast?
 
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bob1825

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Apr 11, 2007
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Jason
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Anyone the fits my schedule
Although the food on most, if not all the long range boats is outstanding, Kenny on the Shogun does it the best.
 

dtf

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So. Bay Ca
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22ft, Pursuit
Cant remember cooks name but it was on the Intrepid a year ago, the 15 day trip in October. Going again, hope he is still there.
Been doing this LR stuff for many many years and not once have I had every meal out of this world. ( want to say Brian, but not sure)
 

carcass

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scott
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I'm not picky when it comes to food while fishing. A breakfast burrito is just as welcome as a full bacon, eggs, toast and pancakes. I'm not one who worries about the food.

I've seen a couple chefs on the Rooster and Vagabond fix specifically -requested breakfast, lunch, or dinner for a fisherman.

I do love fresh baked bread on a boat though.
 

freegaff2

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in over 200 days on the water LR, I can't honestly remember a bad meal. But you can certainly tell the boats that go out of their way(and expense) to provide a top notch meal. Supreme gets my top vote, never seen anyone do it better for 10 years from 2000 to 2010, when I had to stop going. I'll let you know in Sept. if they are still on their game...I'm betting they are. My Oct trip last year on the AA was very good, though we had a new guy cooking, and he didn't seem to have his head wired around it yet...quality of food was excellent. The snack cook was outstanding...baked some incredible stuff, and made a pozole soup one afternoon that everyone wanted for dinner too...pissed the cook off :D Judging from pictures, looks like the Star, Excell, Indy and Intrepid are all right up there. I'm also a fan of fish on the boat, but noted that on the Supreme on a fish night, you were asked if you would rather have a steak. Haven't been on the RRIII since 2004/2005...Jorge was cooking, he was great...but the boat wasn't paying top dollar for food, at least back then. That's a long time ago, could be excellent now. Bill W.'s post, and he just got back...how was it Bill?
 

hilltop

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Jan 1, 2010
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hilltop
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sold, pangas, Intrepid, and diggin the RRIII
( want to say Brian, but not sure)[/QUOTE]


Yes, you remembered correctly, and he's still on board as of now...……….but as we've learned cooks like to swap ships!!
 

RichG

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Jan 20, 2007
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I haven’t fished all the fleet, but my understanding they are all excellent. Jorge on the RR3 was a great chef and I have a lot of great memories. That being said Mike Nall on the RR3 is excellent. All the ways he prepares fish is fantastic. All the meals I’ve had the last few years are excellent, however my clothes are getting tight. Besides home made bread, how about fresh pies and cakes (see the calories). Cheffy’s poke was excellent.
 

Bill W

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Bill W.'s post, and he just got back...how was it Bill?
Excellent! Mike is a perfect fit as a talented chef and Andy and Nick make a primo team on the operations and deck. Mike made every meal with pride and a few standouts were the steak and scallops, Dutch baby for breakfast, a soup for lunch that was a total killer. Heck with killing fish, just feed me like Mike. The reason I am interested is I would like to try some variety on another boat and was hoping to find that kind of dining experience that I am spoiled on with the Rooster.
 

BT3Steve

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Jul 13, 2017
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Steve
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N/A
My favorite meal is oddly enough, fish. I can get a steak or even a great meal anywhere. I admit i’m weird, but I can’t stand prime rib. When I board I always try and befriend the cook and let him know I would rather have a piece of fish than any red meat. They always go out of their way to accommodate me and I’ve eaten some great fish on LR boats. Tell me how many 5 Star restaurants you can go to and and ask “is the fish fresh?” And they say “yes, we just caught it three hours ago!”
 

Lake

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2016 on the Shogun we had a backup cook (was taking exams to become a fireman so doubt he’s around anymore) that all but one meal was as good as anything I’ve had on a long range trip. Several years backs on the Intrepid we had some panko encrusted wahoo over sticky rice with (I think) mango sauce. I’m not much of a fish eater but that was a memorable meal I still think about. I also love the homemade bread on some boats, the soup on the Indy, anytime I get eggs Benedict I’m excited, and I seem to remember a thick filet on the RP last year that was fantastic. I miss Jorge and his meat and potatoes style.

In 1983 on the Vagabond at Guadalupe there were two young girls making food for us that had a very hard time in the kitchen. Several times they had to throw away whatever they were preparing and it was funny how the baitfish even left the area when the food was thrown over. It was still nice having a couple of cutish girls instead of some crusty old guys in the galley.
 

Yellowtail Dan

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Excel, American Angler
I’m not that wrapped up in the food. Most of the time it’s pretty good. There have been some dogs like the steak we had on the Excel in december the first night, way over cooked to bring almost inedible. They made up for it with good eats from there out so not an issue. Their Osso busco was off the hook
 

Bill W

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Thanks Dan... I like a good steak. Heard stellar views of the operation but shoe leather steak is a kill shot.
 

SCHeadhunter

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Mike on the Polaris supreme is killing it lately. Especially since I get to plan the menu on my seven day charter. We eat like kings and enjoy everything from rack of lamb to fresh yellowtail or tuna. A few beautiful pasta dishes, lots of nice fresh veggies, salad’s, incredible breakfasts. It’s one of the benefits of being a charter head for 22 years on the same boat. Ultra limited load it’s pricey and one of the benefits is that every single meal is top shelf.
We have Mike very well trained and he does an unbelievable job.
 
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SCHeadhunter

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Mike Nall on the RR3. Dude has game and then some. True craftsman.
I'll never forget Javier on the Intrepid coming over the speaker......'breakfast is not served in bed today, if you don't eat you will die'.
Now that dude was a chef.
We really liked Javier when Tommy discovered him and hired him on the Supreme. I think people forget that he started on the Supreme. Got hired away to the intrepid because they threw money at him. And I can’t blame him. Some of his stuff was a little bit heavy and lots of sauces. I like clean food personally but I loved Javier. He was super cool to my kids too and always had something special for them
 
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hucklongfin

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MarkT
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I’m not that wrapped up in the food. Most of the time it’s pretty good. There have been some dogs like the steak we had on the Excel in december the first night, way over cooked to bring almost inedible. They made up for it with good eats from there out so not an issue. Their Osso busco was off the hook
I haven’t had shoe leather served as steak on the Excel. That would be a buzz kill. Jake always does a good job. I had the best burger ever there... a killer burger on a pretzel bun that was awesome.
 

Tom Honaker

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Tom Honaker
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Royal Star
I haven’t had shoe leather served as steak on the Excel. That would be a buzz kill. Jake always does a good job. I had the best burger ever there... a killer burger on a pretzel bun that was awesome.
Jorge's wahoo enchiladas, ranks right at the top, of best longrange meal for me!
 

Pangamaster

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Jul 1, 2008
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Dave
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SD Long Range or Bay Area Day Boats.
So food on Long Range operations comes in all shapes and sizes. Each boat has it’s vibe and the way they do things. Periodically boats get outstanding chefs that shake things up and go beyond the culture of the boat and change things for the better while they are there. Those that know me know I fish all the boats....the cooking culture on each rig is unique....yet the same....it’s the small differences that make the difference and create a bond for individual anglers.

Some boats serve freshly caught fish more than others....some of you posters obviously prefer that.....others don’t.

I have had some standout experiences that I would call out and they come in different categories.....Intrepid....Javier....big budget food....King Crab legs ....Filet Mignonette....good shit! Same on the Supreme. Royal Star....roasting a whole pig out on deck in some contraption that works on boats....Mike Nall...Boomer Burgers...one of the best right now. AA always has solid food, great customer service and lots of intangibles....like the homemade snacks in between meals.....not Costco microwave and serve stuff!

Snack meals....between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinnner.....example, Frozen Pizzas vs. homemade individual pizzas....pretty cool. See what your boat does. Snack time can be a favorite meal and a new experience.....I mean in real life no one partakes in this meal.....we’d all be 600#’s!

Grazing food....food available 24/7 snacks on.....cookies, fruit, candy, chips, trail mix.....each rig is different.

All the main meals on all long range boats are pretty damn good! Way better than anyone eats at home. This post is highly subjective......just like which boat is better threads...
They are all good in the end..... if you shop around a bit you will find your niche ....if you don’t ....you’re still good....you found your boat and never needed to switch it up!
 

desmonic

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Dan
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Hopefully One Day
So far, I have been on Shogun, RP and Indy. The food was excellent and I was amazed how those chefs can come up with such great meals when the boat is rocking like crazy. Favorite memory was on my fist LR trip, Shogun 5 Day down at Cedros, poor Kenny made a killer lunch but the YTs were chewing sides of the boat.. he called 1st call, 2nd call, last call and not a single hungry soul went inside. Finally, he said f*ck it, grabbed the rod and joined the mayhem. Good times.