By Elizabeth SanFilippo
Not all fish and chips are created equal. A plate of this classic British dish requires fresh fish, the perfect amount of batter and a good serving of crisp fries. How these fish and chips are prepared and what they’re paired with is what makes these five restaurants unique and fresh.
BIG & little’s
860 N Orleans St
Chicago, IL 60610
Previously featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” Big & Little’s continues to be a hopping restaurant with a menu loaded with seafood options as well as American classics. A hefty dish of incredibly fresh fish and chips clocks in at $16.50. Expect the filet to cover your tray and once finished, grease stains are sure to appear on your plate. But with fried fish, isn’t that what you should expect? Don’t forget cash as that’s all the restaurant accepts. Another perk at this hopping diner? Parking is free.
Duke of Perth
2913 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
Hands down the most popular — and best — place for fish and chips in the city, the Duke of Perth is a Scottish pub that offers over 75 kinds of whiskey to go with your Scottish grub. During the day, relax and enjoy a casual meal in the beer garden. At night, the Duke of Perth turns into a lively bar. No matter the time of day, the fish and chips are lightly battered and delicious. These filets of cod are beer battered and served with peas, chips and malt vinegar. Simple, but done right. On Wednesdays and Fridays, eat all the crispy fish and chips your heart desires because they’re all you can eat for just $10.25.
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Owen & Engine
2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
Everything about Owen & Engine is reminiscent of a traditional English pub, and that includes offering quality, fresh foods from local producers and artisans along with craft beers. Grab an English pint — bigger than an American pint — to go with your fish and chips, which are made with an incredibly fresh piece of haddock. Paired with malt vinegar aioli, pea puree and sauce gribiche (mayo-style egg sauce), the $17 price tag hardly seems steep. This traditional fish platter is available for both lunch and dinner.
Revolution Brewing Co.
2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-BREW (2739)
This pub may be known for its brews, but everything on Revolution’s food menu goes perfectly with an ale, or two. The fish and chips from the kitchen of Chef Jason Petrie is no exception. Like all the grub on this menu, everything here is a bit elevated. For the fish and chips platter, Atlantic scrod is battered in pale ale beer and paired with honey-jalapeño slaw and roasted red pepper remoulade. This hearty dish is yours for the taking for $14.
Troha’s Chicken and Shrimp House
4151 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60623
As the oldest shrimp house in Chicago, dating back to 1935, and a restaurant devoted to all thing seafood, it’s no surprise that Troha’s offers some of the best fish and chips in the city. Grab a half-pound fish chips dinner for $6.18 or a hefty full pound for just $10.25. No matter the size, expect big flavors and the perfect crisp on both the fish and fries. All dinners are served with coleslaw, Troha’s sauce, a lemon and a pickle.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.