100 Favorite Dishes, No. 92: Fish and Chips at 20 Feet

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What I wouldn't do for a good hand-pulled ale with a basket like this.
To prepare for this fall's Best of Dallas® 2014 issue, we're counting down (in no particular order) our 100 Favorite Dishes. If there's a dish you think we need to try, leave it in the comments, or email me.

Let's start with the worst part about dining at 20 Feet. Marc Cassel's ode to the New England fry shack is just that, a casual place, and sadly it's BYOB. But you'll get over that soon enough, because there's a place to buy beer across the street, and carrying in your own saves you money anyway.

So yes, serving fish and chips without a cold beer is almost as bad as serving it without malt vinegar, but try as I have to find a better version in and around Dallas, I've come up unlucky. That's why this basket was a lock for this year's 100 Favorite Dishes.

Let's start with that crust. It's golden, with a thin, glassy sheen that has a solid crunch. The batter adds a nice textural component to the fish, in addition to that delicious fried flavor that makes the State Fair of Texas too much money.

Inside that perfect coat you'll find very moist, clean-tasting cod that yields in big white flakes. Hit a fork full with malt vinegar, take a bite and then wash it all down with a big slug of whatever you brought with you. And when you're ready for a real bar, Goodfriend is right next door.

No. 100: Pastrami Egg Rolls at Blind Butcher
No. 99: Chicken-fried Steak at Tom's Burgers and Grill
No. 98: Pasta with Uni Butter at Nonna
No. 97: Camarón en Agua Chile at La Palapas
No. 96: The Wings at Lakewood Landing
No. 94: Chicken Kebab at Afrah
No. 93: Trompo Tacos at Bachman Lake

Location Info

20 Feet Seafood Joint

1160 Peavy Road, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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13 comments
MeanGreen
MeanGreen

Their lobster roll >>>>>> fish and chips

Threeboys
Threeboys

I don't think my 12 year old has eaten fish 10 times in his life, but he loves the fish & chips at 20 feet. 


And I love the BYOB.

jjerrier
jjerrier

Why do people consider BYOB a bad thing?  I thought that would be a plus?

guest
guest

Not going to mention the AMAZING fries?

NakedTuna
NakedTuna

@Threeboys I know what you're trying to say, but endorsements like these really fall flat.

When people say, "I don't eat fish, but I love it at ____" why would I trust their opinion? THEY DON'T EAT FISH! Now if someone said, "I've traveled all over and have tasted fish in seven countries, and this is the best," well, I'd trust their opinion.

scott.reitz
scott.reitz moderator

@jjerrier I love BYOB. I just think of this as a traditional pub dish. Sometimes, actually most of the time, you just want the other guy to pull the pint for you.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

I always thought the same thing. BYOB is great and can save a lot of cash if there is no corkage fee.

jjerrier
jjerrier

@CitizenKane @jjerrier Scott implied it by saying "Sadly it's BYOB".  I've been thinking about making Zoli's in Oak Cliff BYOB with no corkage.  Selling the small amount of booze we do doesn't seem worth the headache.

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