Beer-battered bliss.

What: The fish ’n’ chips with Pacific cod

Where: O’Caine’s Irish Pub, 36101 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage

How much: $20 for 9 ounces, as pictured

Contact: 760-202-3311; www.ocainesirishpub.com

Why: It’s crispy, moist and tasty.

There are few food things more pleasant to me than biting into a perfectly prepared piece of beer-battered fish.

First, there’s the crunch, the saltiness and the subtle beer flavor from the batter. Then comes the warm, soft fish; there are so many varied tastes and textures in each and every bite.

Of course, “chips”—french fries—are a perfect companion. The mouth-feel starts off similarly—with crunch and saltiness—but then the potato ends up being completely different in terms of flavor and texture.

Is there any wonder fish-and-chips is such a classic bar/pub food? No, it’s no wonder at all.

One of the better versions of this dish I’ve had in the Coachella Valley is at O’Caine’s Irish Pub, which opened a year ago in the same shopping center as Gelson’s in Rancho Mirage. While O’Caine’s also offers both jumbo shrimp (six pieces for $25) and Nova Scotia salmon (8 ounces for $25) under the “fish and chips” banner, during my recent lunch visit, I went the traditional route—and I was hungry, so I got the larger portion (as opposed to the 6-ounce portion for $2 less).

When my food came, I was pleasantly surprised: The pieces of cod were huge, and came with lots of medium-cut fries and a small cup of “minty pea coleslaw.” While I was hungry when I started my meal, I couldn’t even finish it all.

Not only was I impressed by the food at O’Caine’s; I was also impressed by the service, the décor and the vibe. O’Caine’s is a fun place serving up delicious food and drink—and I’ll definitely be back for more of those delicious fish ’n’ chips.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...