Six Best Spots for Your Lenten Fish and Chips

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fish and chips at the Londoner
As we're well into the Lenten season, I'm sure many of you are looking for a Friday fish hook up. I'm not positive why Catholics adhere to a pescatarian diet on Fridays, and after a quick search, there's certainly a lot of bickering about it. But, it really doesn't matter anyway because eating seafood doesn't need religious validation. At all.

So, we've cast a wide net, filtered through the muck and have some of the best spots in Dallas for fish and chips.

Strictly for entertainment proposes, I surveyed our resident bloke, Gavin Cleaver, on proper fish and chips in Dallas and he wanted to go on record as saying, "... selling fish and chips expertly cooked at a price point above $5 is to totally misunderstand the nature of British fish and chips."

So, with that, we'll carry on with a list of this misunderstood British fare.

Many British and Irish-inspired spots push out baskets of fish and chips all day (The Old Monk, Trinity Hall, The Idle Rich, etc). But, of those, Observer food critic Scott Reitz fancies the fish and chips at The Londoner and listed the dish (photo above) as one of his 100 Favorite Dishes in the city: "The Londoner's version sports a thick, crispy crust that's not too oily, which encases dense cod that breaks apart into massive, meaty flakes. Chips play more than a supporting role with a generous portion of potatoes cooked just right."

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Scott Reitz
20 Feet Seafood Joint's Fish and Chips

20 Feet Seafood Joint, chef Marc Cassel's new spot on Peavey Road next to Goodfriends, offers a bounteous basket with three pieces of cod and shoestring fries in herbaceous mix of fresh rosemary and thyme. And, it's BYOB. (Insert your Catholic jokes here.)

Nick Badovinus' reincarnation of Neighborhood Services on Henderson Avenue, Tried and True, has a Swicker's fish and chips served with trailer park slaw. This roadhouse themed spot serves great drinks and even cranks out some Willie tunes on the turntable on occasion. Similarly, the fried cod and chips served with slaw at NHS are a house specialty, as well. In summation: Nick Badovinus does good fried fish.

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Lori Brand
Fish and Chips at Ten Bells Tavern

Ten Bells Tavern, an ode to the infamous bar in London, serves a beer battered flounder over a basket of house made chips. Chef Carlos Mancera keeps the menu tight and focuses on execution; the result is some of the best upscale bar food in the city.

If the west is calling you, then track down the long time Fort Worth staple Zeke's Fish and Chips. They'll be packed to the gills every Friday until Easter. The small shop offers either catfish or cod and has a drive thru if you want to call ahead. Be sure to get an extra side of those golden little corn nuggets.

The Abbey Inn on the square in Denton uses a wild haddock with an ale batter infused with Franconia beer from McKinney. Bonus: For an extra $4 you can get your fish and chips served with English peas-n-onions. Gavin finds this to be the best place for British fare, primarily on account of their real British bacon.

Location Info

20 Feet Seafood Joint

1160 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Londoner Pub

2817 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Tried and True

2405 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Neighborhood Services Bar and Grill

10720 Preston Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Ten Bells Tavern

232 W. 7th St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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30 comments
gabe48
gabe48

Don't miss fish and chips at Sea Breeze in Plano, as well as their lobster rolls.

news6850
news6850

Is there not a single Fish & Chips place in Dallas? I'm talking about a place whose focus is fish & chips, not where it's one of 30 things on the menu; not a pub, where food plays a supporting role to the drinks. And not a fancy seafood restaurant. I'm talking about a simple place that serves HALIBUT--probably the best white, meaty, fish-steak available for deep fried fish. You pay a little more, but it's best. All this talk of cod and haddock--well, that's fine, but they play second fiddle to halibut. Doused in white or malt vinegar, lemon juice, and sprinkled with salt...ahhhh. On the side: a generous basket of thickly cut French stick bread, with butter.


Oh, and there's nothing like a pot of tea to go along with your plate. Besides the grand taste of a solid black tea, the hot beverage actually cleanses your pipes of the frying oil from the batter and chips.


When my Ohio relatives would visit me in Toronto, all they wanted was Duckworth's Fish & Chips. Now I know why. You can't find it in Ohio, and apparently not in DFW. But I hope this post generates suggestions of a place I haven't found.

Scott W. Hatfield
Scott W. Hatfield

followed your suggestions. visited 20 Foot Seafood Joint. overrated. overpriced. unflavored. honestly, comparable to long john silver's.... go elsewhere ... like Fish Bone Grill, Hook Line & Sinker, Soulfish Grill, Seafood Shack.

McKinneyMomma
McKinneyMomma

Arggg, is there nothing shorter than a 50 minute drive from McKinney for Fish & Chips? :-(

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

Me digs some St Petes Fish n chips and their tartar and cocktail sauce is purdy good too

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Not a table in marc's place while goodfriends was on a wait at 8ish last night. Hopefully lent will help out or hes gonna have to change the name to 20 feet under seafood joint.

gabe48
gabe48

Alligator Cafe in Casa Linda, has outstanding fried fish and shrimp , and live music at night.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

This commenting software is very buggy today.

bearcamp
bearcamp

If you dont mind the LONG lines on Friday during Lent, AND the valet parking, HOOK LINE AND SINKER  is a favorite for non-greasy fried catfish. Great fish is why they've been around for 17 years.

lassunto
lassunto

Pescado Poblano at Pepe y Mito's.  Not on the menu but they'll always make it for you.

todd
todd

Fillmore Pub. 

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Though not a proper fish and chips in the British sense, many small seafood restaurants serve a mean fried fish in the Texas/Cajun sense. It is usually catfish or tilapia, cod being somewhat rare in the Gulf, and the batter is usually a thin but crisp riff on corn meal, but it is fish, it is fried, and it is often delicious. Add hush puppies and cole slaw, some lemon or remoulade, and you will be happy. There is a good chance catch some Latino football on the TV.

gabe48
gabe48

Don't miss the fish and chips at Sea Breeze in Plano.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

@Sharon_Moreanus Went there Friday night; the place was packed and tables turned several times.....the food was very good...I had a dozen oysters (blue points), fried fresh whole belly clams and a nice side salad....the BYOB policy is what we need more of.  

I have no complaints with 20 Feet and wish them success; which I think they have already achieved.

I think Goodfriends is way over rated.....


primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@bearcamp @bearcamp

Ditto. HL&S is my favorite place for fried catfish.

Natalia47
Natalia47

@todd Seriously! Fillmore Pub has the best fish and chips in the metroplex.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@primi_timpano I still can't accept tilapia as a fish I'm going to pay for at a restaurant. It's fine for a cheap meal at home, but I'm of the opinion it's very difficult to find a restaurant dish featuring it that's worth the price.

Catfish is a different story. Also a delicious one.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Correction:  My 1 complaint about 20 Feet would be serving food in a basket...I despise my food served that way, especially if it is urban dining.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@danielslauren @primi_timpano

LDD, you inspired me to catch catfish for lunch today at the Seafood Shack. Excellent fish, good crust, and they even have the remoulade. The "chips" are better than average, but nothing special. HL&S is still my favorite catfish restaurant, but the caldo and oysters at the Seafood Shack impels me to visit it weekly.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@danielslauren @primi_timpano

As mentioned above/below? Hook Line and Sinker is my favorite--and they use catfish. Seafood Shack is good and comes with added pleasures of an outstanding and sublime caldo de mariscos plus among the best Gulf oysters I have encountered anywhere. On Tuesdays the oysters are 30 cents a piece all day.

S&D has very good fried fish--trout, grouper and red snapper--and offers an ambience as close to that of New Orleans as any place in Dallas.

I wish I had a more comprehensive list but Hook Line and Sinker gets 90% of my fried catfish business. In Houston there are very good Asian fish restaurants that serve fried catfish. Don't know if it is still there but across from the "farmers" market there used to be a Vietnamese fish market where you could select your fish and method of cooking. They regularly carried speckled trout, which is my favorite fish. Since I am already far-a-field, Casamentos in NO has a fantastic fried trout sandwich, but don't let the sandwich label fool you. It comes on top of lightly toasted bread and is best eaten with a fork. If you ever get a chance to get speckled trout, do it. Beg your Gulf fishing friends and neighbors for some of the catch. It is sometimes available at TJs, but they get large trout, probably from the Gulf rather than the bays. The smaller fish are much tastier.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@danielslauren @primi_timpano

The Webb Chapel location is where to go. There is a second location on NW Highway but it is still finding its sea legs.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@danielslauren @primi_timpano

The catfish is good, but the caldo de mariscos is incredible. Also, try the ceviche tostadas.

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