Some dishes sound so easy, but when they’re not up to par, you immediately know. This can certainly be said about a great plate of fish and chips. Seems simple enough, fish, batter, fries, deep fryer, what else do you need? A staple in the U.K., this taste treat can be a bit more difficult to find in the U.S. Today however, there are more than a couple which have developed the flavors you seek. Come with us as we take a look at 3 restaurants in the U.S. known for their tasty fish and chips.
Ivar’s in Seattle has been serving some of the best fish and chips on the West Coast since 1938. One of the best places to try theirs is at the Pier 54 location, although there are more than 20 more locations throughout the city and its surrounding suburbs. The amount of locations alone is a testament to how well they fry. Their traditional fish and are made from Pacific cod that is tossed in a spicy Cajun seasoning and deep fry to gold brown perfection. That’s not all they serve though, you can also get halibut, salmon, clams, shrimp and oysters.
Eamonn’s is located in the Old Town of Alexandria, Virginia. It has dubbed itself a Dublin chipper, which is a tough name to stand up to. Chippers are what fish and chip joints are called in Ireland and England clearly places that know how to do fish and chips. They have no problem staying up to par with the name though. Their fish is made from fresh cod that is tossed in a baking soda batter. This makes the batter light and crunchy. The chips are hand cut and served with a variety of dipping options such as curry, hot chili and of course tartar. It’s all served up in a brown paper bag that should remain open so the steam doesn’t ruin it all and make it soggy.
A Salt and Battery in New York City tries to bring the authentic chipper experience of the U.K. to the Big Apple. This tiny take-away offers local sustainable pollock, haddock and sole. The batter is perfectly crisp and you can hear the crunch as you cut into it, but the fish remains light and flaky. The chips are hand cut, and pair perfectly with a little salt and perhaps a splash of malt vinegar. They also offer the typical side of mushy peas.
These fish and chip places are some of the best you are going to experience on this side of the pond. They have mastered the crunch of the batter that still keeps the fish moist and flaky. Take a trip to the U.K. right here in the U.S. with the flavor of a fantastic fish and chip.