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where is the best fish and chips in Toronto/GTA??

Anyone know?

I tried the following:

Chippys: nasty
St Andrews: disappointing
High Street: mediocre

I would be grateful for further advice.

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    1. re: Cereal Killer

      The posting you linked to was started by me.

      I still stand by Relibale (Queen E., just west of Carlaw). Great fish, fresh fish, nice options on types of fish, decent to good chips.

      But, I should add a couple of things:

      1. In most regards I have become a British-Style F&C convert (Coxwell and Dundas). The chips are just to die for and the fish is excellently fresh.

      My few complaints are: One, that the batter can (on rare occasions -- 3 out of about 10 times) be a little too thick/soggy for my liking -- but that is usually not the case if Ali (the owner) is the one working the fryers. I only get the thicker batter problem when its other people doing the cooking. Two, they don't keep to their posted hours! Luckily Reliable is only a few blocks away. Three, their menu is innacurate (they will do things not on it -- like fish-only orders).

      2. Since I go to classes at UofT, I have tried Harbord F&C once more and still don't get it. I find it consistently greasy and the fish not so fresh tasting!

      3. I tried Caz. Really good (I don't really rember specifics and it was only once). It's just not anywhere I am likely to be when I want F&C.

      1. re: Atahualpa

        I agree with your comments on British Style. The hand-cut chips are always done perfectly - if only the fish was.

      2. re: Cereal Killer

        Woodgreen fish and chips on Queen street East. North side of Queen between Braodview and Logan where the go tracks cross queen street. Also it is very inexpensive.

        1. re: smr714

          Woodgreen Fish n Chips is no longer in operation. Replaced by a Japanese sushi restaurant. Loved it in the mid 80s - a visit in 2003 was not enjoyable - it had slid downhill.

      3. I've seen people lined up for fish and chips at Penrose.....I think that's the name....On Mount Pleasant south of Eglinton

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        1. re: MissKMM

          ...and I will never understand why.

          1. re: deelicious

            Me either... though they are very nice people. I like Olde York Fish & Chips on Laird Drive.

            1. re: kawarthagirl

              I second Olde York.

              Also, Mississauga Marketplace Fish & Chips on Hurontario is really good. Stumbled across it last month while Xmas shopping. Tons of fish options, and they have peas on the side; if I recall, there was a thread a while back lamenting the lack of at many fish/chip places..

              1. re: NovoCuisine

                I've never been impressed with Olde York (never being twice!).
                My choice is Harbord Fish & Chips, whoo have the crispiest lightest batter. But I go in off-hours so that I can eat it straight out of the fryer at one of the four stools they have. I haven't found any fish & chips that works as take-out. Too soggy!

                1. re: estufarian

                  I went to Harbord during an off-peak hour, and the chips were good, but I felt that the halibut was really poor quality. Tough, dry, not the melt-in-your-mouth stuff I've had at My Place in Scarborough (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/330793). About My Place - the batter is more of a light tempura than the traditional beer batter, and skip the watery mushy peas.

              2. re: kawarthagirl

                Olde York on Laird Drive is TOPS! Speedy, and ALWAYS very fresh. Try the Fisherman's Platter; Fish & Chips plus 3 battered shrimp & 3 scallops. Best fries in town.

              3. re: deelicious

                Wow, Penrose are Number One. Very well known in the city. Crown Fish & Chips, closed over a decade ago in Broadview Chinatown (strange but true) was by far the best place in the city.

                1. re: BeeRich

                  I loved Crown Fish & Chips on Broadview just south of Gerrard. However, it's been closed way over a decade. In fact, it's been closed since the mid or late eighties. It was taken over that long ago by an Asian establishment in East Chinatown.

                  It was one of the few places when you were just a kid and couldn't afford fish & chips during school lunch breaks, you ended up only buying the amazing chips back in the days of your youth. However, they offered something that few F&C shops have these days with the chips. They were always kind and gave you generous amounts of 'fish crumbs' with your chips. This was the leftover fried batter from the halibut fish called 'fish crumbs' at some F&C shops.

                  Admittedly, I'm a fish & chips connoisseur and it was my all-time favorite F&C shop in the whole wide world. Just the fact that someone even mentioned the place has made me very nostalgic and I want some CROWN FISH & CHIPS now!!! :(

                  1. re: YummyYummy

                    Yes, it was mine as well. Amazing that it's been gone for so long and we both remember it. It was really a special place.

                    1. re: YummyYummy

                      Nova F&C in the beaches also offered "Fish bits" as they called it. Even tho there were no fish in the bits.

                    2. re: BeeRich

                      Yes ! I second Penrose. Unpretentious but delicious.

                  2. re: MissKMM

                    Yes that is it & on Fridays they used to make home made lemon merangue pie. Not sure if they still do..

                    1. re: MissKMM

                      Penrose?! Ick. It smells just going in. I never understand its success.

                      1. re: MissKMM

                        I love Penrose. My palate prefers Penrose to Olde York

                      2. I tried Regent Park Fish and Chips a couple weeks ago and was thoroughly impressed.

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                        1. re: knuckles

                          Malt n Salt Fish & Chips is worth getting lost to find this place. Recently going east on the 401 I got off at the Whites Rd exit in Pickering and headed south. Turned left at the second light and ended up finding this place accidentally. If you like Fish and Chips, this is one place you have to try. Good portions (fries feed 3), clean place, friendly service. Hidden out of the way but not hard to find, now.

                          1. re: cerqum

                            Malt 'n Salt is in my 'hood and I'm a Friday regular. I like it better than Jaspers and another place in Whitby (Frying Scotsman?) which served dried out thin haddock.
                            The two women who run Malt 'n Salt prefer haddock to halibut as it is cheaper ($6 F&C) and a well managed resource which is not true for cod or halibut.

                        2. Malt 'n Salt, is a good fish fix in east Scarboro or west Pickering. They have a lunch special, haddock and chips, $5

                          1. British Style Fish and Chips at Dundas and Coxwell.


                            Without a doubt the best fish and chips I have every had.

                            Before discovering it my partner and I would get fish and chips maybe once a year. Since discovering it we seem to be going practically every week. so, in fact, it was a very bad discovery for us to make...

                            But yes, stunning.

                            My mum mocked me about how far I was driving just to get fish and chips, until she tasted them of course...

                            There are a couple tables you can sit at and eat, although mostly it is a take out place. My partner and I were musing though about how it would probably *even better* to eat in, because then the fish and chips wouldn't have had any time in the newsprint wrapper.

                            I haven't tried many places in Toronto, Regent Park Fish and Chips is pretty much the only place, and they are good. But without a doubt, this was the best I've EVER had.

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                            1. re: mainja

                              I drove by Regent Fish and Chips last week and noticed it was closed.

                            2. I second British Style Fish and Chips.

                              When we order the stuff, the guy starts out by taking one huge hunk of fresh halibut and slicing a piece which he then batters (a recipe from his brother in England, he says) before popping into the hot oil.

                              I know F & C ain't exactly health food, but the freshness of the fish makes a difference and I can somehow rationalize that as better for me. :-)

                              1. after reading this i had to have it again tonight. *grin*

                                apparently he changes his oil every day, which is damn near unheard of.

                                i'm sure that's why the fries are SO amazing.

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                                1. re: mainja

                                  Queen's Fish&Chips in Streetsville on Queen St.(Mississauga Rd.). Trad "hole-in-the-wall" ambiance with a few tables and superb halibut.

                                2. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

                                  I have been obsessed with British Style since I moved to the neighbourhood a couple of months ago, but haven't yet gotten around to checking it.

                                  What's for dinner tomorrow?

                                  1. I think everyone has their favourite fish and chip shop and it's hard to agree which one is the best. It obviously depends on personal taste but I think familiarity plays a big part in it as well. Everyone's local chip shop is apparently the best because they know the owner, have been going there for years, etc.

                                    The best fish and chips I ever had were in Oban in Scotland. The fish was very fresh and lightly battered and the chips were cut on premises using fresh potatoes. I don't think one can expect that in Toronto because the fish has to be shipped in.

                                    The worst I have had were also in Scotland though next to Central Station in Glasgow, so it's not all good there as someone had suggested.

                                    The shop near me in Mississauga on Unity Gate does me fine. It was at one time a franchise of McNie's but the name and ownership changed years ago. Decent quality and generous portions for a fair price. And they have Irn Bru and Scottish bread so that's all I need to be satisfied.

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                                    1. re: badbhoy

                                      I think that you've made a strong point, badbhoy, about the local spot likely to be a favourite. I think it is also a major factor in many people's fave pizza place.

                                      1. re: Yongeman

                                        I agree to the point of fast convenient food...grab a quick slice. But I disagree when I want to really enjoy a certain something. In that case location plays no role. I will drive across the city to reach the place where I like it best...without hesitation.

                                        1. re: deelicious

                                          That is excactly the point of being a chowhounder - I live nowhere near British Style Fish & Chips but it is now on my "list" given the numerous recs of people in this thread.

                                          You can't order takeout anything (I am going to start a thread on best "eat in pizza joints") from a place that isn't near you, but you can certainly make a point of visiting someone else's fave.



                                      2. re: badbhoy

                                        i agree on the local spot theory, although i have to say, british style fish and chips is really not in my neighbourhood, it's about a 15 minute drive away, and there is a good fish and chip shop a 5 minute walk away. i still choose to take the 15 minute drive. it seriously is the best i've ever had. now, to be fair, i've never had F&C in GB, but still...

                                        1. re: mainja

                                          F&C is hit and miss in the UK as well. As always, busiest is best.

                                      3. There is a great place on Victoria Park Avenue, about five minutes North of Eglinton on the West side of the street. It's in a small strip mall with an apartment building on one side and a bank on the other side. I wish I could remember the name. I'm not sure how it stacks up against the other places mentioned below, but, they have black pudding!! As far as I'm concerned, a black pudding supper is even better than a fish supper! Does anyone know the name of the place I am referring to?

                                        (Also, does anyone know of any downtown chippys that carry black pudding?)

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                                        1. re: muckluckgirl

                                          That would have been My Place Fish and Chips. The strip mall is gone now, and the restaurant has moved north to Victoria Park just below Sheppard on the east side, and still named My Place. The halibut is lightly battered and the chips are hand cut. It's one of the better places locally.

                                        2. I think it is Kingsway Fish & Chips at Royal York & Bloor. So tasty! And you can see that the oil is very clean as well!

                                          1. The best fish and chips is at Penrose Fish and Chips on Mt Pleasant Rd, south of Eglinton. They serve take out wrapped in newspaper.

                                            Agreed... Chippies is nasty

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                                            1. re: sloweater

                                              I'm tired of repeating myself, but I will NEVER understand the enduring popularity of Penrose. Heavy, boring food in chintzy portions.

                                              1. re: embee

                                                Average food but great atmosphere.

                                                1. re: Dimbulb

                                                  How do you get past the awful smell in Penrose to eat in? I've done take-out a few times, and overall it is a satisfying, but not overwhelming F&C fix. But walking in, I've found it smelled like a latrine each time I went. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

                                                  Is it just me and my sensitive nose?

                                                  1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                    I agree wholeheartedly (and said roughly the same thing above).

                                                    1. re: Atahualpa

                                                      A while ago someone on this board explained that the smell was because they used animal fat for frying. Which really just gave me a double ich! I am not sure if I buy that explanation, but regardless, it stinks.

                                                      1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                        Well, they claim to use beef fat for frying. If it's fresh, it shouldn't stink. Beef fat makes what I find to be the tastiest chips of all (though duck fat is arguably better for sauteed potatoes). I've been there many times, never by choice these past decades. I've never much liked their fish or their chips.

                                                        1. re: embee

                                                          Animal or vegetable oil will smell after a while as it ages. It becomes dark and due to cooking meat, it will break down faster. If it smells then something is not right. I never eat or by food from a place that smells, something is going bad, hence the smell.

                                                          I agree with embee beef tallow (fat) is the best for deep frying.

                                                2. re: sloweater

                                                  Penrose is actually one of the worst that I have had. There are far better out there.

                                                  1. re: Aardvark

                                                    I agree to the nth degree. I was so disappointed when I finally went. I was shocked.

                                                  2. re: sloweater

                                                    I've got to stand up for Penrose's. It's very rich (some would say greasy) but I think the best flavors I've ever had anywhere, from Vancouver to St. John's. Fine portions in my opinion. As others have noted, everyone has a favorite spot, and for me, Penrose's is what fish and chips ought to taste like.
                                                    Harbord is usually great as well, and I think Chippy's is pretty neat, but the thing with Chippy's is they are trying something new. Modifying beer batter to come up with something less greasy. You'll be disappointed there if you are looking for an olde style fish & chips feed.

                                                  3. I have always loved the Duckworth's on Kingston Rd. just west of Midland. Always fresh fish and fresh oil.

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                                                    1. re: mgs

                                                      I've never been to the Kingston Rd Duckworths, but want to warn everyone not to confuse this place with the Duckworths near Danforth and Main. That one (once highly reputed) served food so greasy it made me ill - twice. Stay away.

                                                      1. re: embee

                                                        Funnily enough, Duckworths is one of the few places where I haven't had greasy fish and chips!! Both items have been very crisp and dry. A few of the places that people love in Leslieville have caused me problems, but never Duckwoths. I did enjoy British Style, but I think it's pricey. I will give Reliable another try, as it was one of the worst grease offenders.

                                                      2. re: mgs

                                                        Always Excellemt at this location!!

                                                        1. re: mgs

                                                          I wish I'd seen embee's comments before I went to Duckworth's on Danforth near Main. I was very disappointed. The fish was ok but chewy on the edges and small (for just under $10) and the batter was so-so. And the chips were very greasy with no crispyness at all. I ended up eating the fish, minus some of the batter and had to dump 95% of the fries into the garbage! Waste of time and money.

                                                          1. re: torontovore

                                                            I see.
                                                            I know that Len Duckworth passed on a while ago.
                                                            Maybe now thatthe old man is gone, the passion is lost?
                                                            They used to absolutely rule.
                                                            I will try the Olde York soon.
                                                            I need a fix of Fish and Chips.

                                                        2. I have had good fish and chips made with fresh lake fish (Pickerel, Whitefish, and others) in the harbour towns on Lake Erie and Lake Huron. Places like Goderich, Port Stanley, Port Burwell and Wheatley have fish abd fries right at the docks.
                                                          Is there anything like this on Lake Ontario?

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                                                          1. re: jayt90

                                                            Do you know any places near the Niagara region? Niagara falls, Niagara on the lake, St Catharines etc?

                                                          2. Has anyone tried heritage in Brampton?

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                                                            1. re: macatac

                                                              Yes, they're excellent. I've tried the one on Queen by No Frills, and the new location, also on Queen, over by Rona.

                                                              1. re: Trice

                                                                The Haddock special at lunch is amazing and has enough chips to last you for a week....of course I ate them in one sitting...great value under six bucks...I went to the Queen and Airport Road location..

                                                            2. We just tried British Style for the first time. We were expecting great things based on the comments here and elsewhere, and we were disappointed. It's not that it was bad, but it wasn't as good as one of our three neighbourhood places, Reliable, which has improved consistently over the last couple of years.

                                                              There was a 30 minute wait, which I wasn't expecting, though they do allow you to call in an order. The fish itself tasted fresh and the portions were huge, but there were some annoying issues.

                                                              - They don't list everything on their menu, which is perplexing. And the menu didn't offer a "fish only" option, though it turned out this was available. Since we didn't know until too late, our two orders contained enough chips to feed 4-6

                                                              - The fish was not cut to order, as advertised

                                                              - They mixed up the order, and we got haddock instead of cod for one order. It turned out that the haddock was delicious. However, the halibut in our other order was overcooked and drying out under the perfectly cooked batter. Odd, given this was a thick piece of fish.

                                                              - Although the batter looked beautiful, it was beginning to get soggy by the time we got home, which is only about 10 minutes away. We ended up discarding much of the batter. (This would not have been a problem if eating immediately in-house, but surely takeout should stay reasonably crisp for 15 minutes.) The parts that stayed crisp tasted OK, but were really greasy.

                                                              - The chips, ordered well done, were mainly limp when eaten and also tasted very greasy. They were OK but hardly great.

                                                              - It was my fault for not asking, but the onion rings came straight from the freezer. They were perfectly cooked and stayed crisp, but tasted very "processed".

                                                              - The meal left a grease aftertaste that lasted for a couple of hours. It wasn't ill-making (as at Len Duckworths) and some of you might call this "greasy in a good way", but it isn't something I enjoy.

                                                              In short, this was serviceable fish and chips. It wasn't special. We may go back from time to time, since they are open much later than any others in our general area. But I wouldn't drive across town to eat there.

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                                                              1. re: embee

                                                                Now isn't this interesting. I was always a Reliable advocate. I still think they have some great F&C -- particularly the fish. However, I have been converted by British style -- largely because of the better chips (at least for me -- I like slightly soft chips -- i.e. I really like Swiss Chalet chips as far as fast food chips go).

                                                                I still go Reliable about 50% of the time. For two reasons. First, because British Style does NOT keep to its posted hours. And, secondly, because the owner at Reliable is so unbelievable friendly and nice! He could sell me a car if he wanted.

                                                              2. I enjoy the Old Galley in R Hill at Yonge and 16th...usually crowded...esp on Friday and Saturday nights but great fish...and they use vegetable oil to fry for those concerned. Lots of places fry it in lard or beef fat

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                                                                1. re: noorie

                                                                  Old Galley was at Yonge and Weldrick, not Yonge and 16th; that's about a mile south. However, the Weldrick location closed over a year ago, and they recently resurfaced at Yonge and Elgin Mills as "the New Galley". There is another thread about them here; when they first moved, they were using various types of frozen fries. Apparently, after many complaints, they have gone back to their home made fries, which I always thought were great. (I haven't checked them out yet after my initial visit two months ago, but I'm going to give them a try later this week.) The fish, when I went in February, was as excellent as I remember, but the service was awful. I hope they've improved both the service and the fries.

                                                                2. I don't think Embee or The Funk Stop actually want us going to Reliable, since neither tell us where it is!

                                                                  For those wanting to try Reliable, it's at 954 Queen Street East, close to Carlaw.


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                                                                  1. re: Cereal Killer

                                                                    I'll second Reliable as a decent joint. Though a few years ago it was taken over by new ownership, it seems to have gone uphill and offers a variety of alternatives.

                                                                    I have only ever delivered beer to Olde York, and haven't eaten there so all I can tell you is that the kitchen is fairly clean.

                                                                    1. re: redcoconut

                                                                      Sorry to report that Thank Cod is closed "for reasons beyond our control"

                                                                      Sad to say.. it was great.

                                                                  2. Thank Cod Fish & Chips is the absolute BEST I have ever had. Located at Brant Street and the QEW in Burlington, ON Very nice restaurant, Fabulous Food. You have to try it. Check out there website www.thankcod.ca You won't be disappointed.

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                                                                    1. re: LittleVee

                                                                      See note above...I missed the proper log.

                                                                    2. I'll vote for Olde York on Laird Drive also, though they've switched their take-out containers from recyclable paperboard to styrofoam. Why!?!?


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                                                                      1. re: antifoodie

                                                                        Good question. I like Olde Yorke's fish and chips but hate the styrofoam. Not only for environmental concerns. If you don't get the food out of the containers fast enough, the fish and chips get all soggy and chewy because I guess the condensation is trapped inside the styrofoam.

                                                                        Olde Yorke
                                                                        96 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

                                                                        1. re: JamieK

                                                                          Now we know why the traditional wrap in newspaper is better! But politically incorrect...

                                                                      2. I have 2 favourites in Scarborough I like to go to.

                                                                        -Duckworths on Kingston Rd. halfway between Midland and Birchmount. Nice light batter and good chips.

                                                                        -McCowan fish and chips, in a little plaza just south of Lawrence Ave. East. Also a light batter and a bigger piece of fish than Duckworths.

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                                                                        1. re: squingy

                                                                          I went to High Street Fish and Chips on the weekend and it was pretty good. Lightly battered fresh fish. The chips were OK; wished they were cut thicker. The mushy peas were good. Definitely better than the nasty paste they sell at Chippy's.

                                                                          1. re: squingy

                                                                            McCowan is my fav... clean, light batter... hand cut fish... fair price.

                                                                          2. I've been to British Style and Reliable. I tried British Style recently and agree they give you a lot of food. I enjoyed the fries although I like my fries on the soggy side. They were quite tasty. I did take out and the fish actually held up quite well and retained a lot of it crispiness. They need to use boxes though as it looked like a soggy mess when he wrapped it in paper. My wife though the fish was to greasy. Not outstanding but I will likely go back again.

                                                                            Reliable was simply ok when I tried them last although I understand that they are continuing to evolve. The fish batter didn't hold up as well to travel as BS and was smaller.

                                                                            I still think that Caz's (Davenport West of Avenue Rd) is better than either one though but not light years ahead and probably not worth travelling to it if it's not in your neighbourhood. But if you're in the neighbourhood.......

                                                                            1. I hear great things about Jasper's in Pickering...enough that I'm soon gonna make the trek..

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                                                                              1. re: Wiley

                                                                                That place is great. Makes me wish I still lived close enough to get some.

                                                                                1. re: Trice

                                                                                  Well, everyone says Jasper's is great, but they gave me 4 pieces of halibut in a single order. Three strips were seriously overdone, and the only reason I would go back is because Chowhounds disagree with me.

                                                                              2. Has anyone tried Black Cat F&C on Avenue Road? Its been there for eons. Anyone?

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                                                                                1. re: ddelicious

                                                                                  I went there two weeks ago and have to admit the best description is weird. The fish was dry, batter not flaky at all and the chips tasted processed. I've been there a few times over the years and have to admit I won't go back...it doesn't feel like a fish and chips experience to me, but more like a greasy spoon that makes fish and chips and not very well.

                                                                                  1. re: chaptwo

                                                                                    Definitely agree about Black Cat F&C. I was there around 2001 and I found it absolutely horrible. Looks like there has been no improvement since.

                                                                                    1. re: dennyby

                                                                                      Black Cat was great back in the early 70's.

                                                                                      The Black Cat
                                                                                      3513 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6S2S6, CA

                                                                                2. I would have to say British Style. Had them the other night. Although my complaint would also be the fries. Hmmm..something must be done. A letter perhaps and then they would be on the very top of my list.

                                                                                  1. Every time we go for F&C, we go to Belfast Lounge and have yet to be disappointed. They have a great steak pie, too! Not "in Toronto", so it's somewhat out of the way (Dixie, couple blocks north of Eglinton in Mississauga) so you probably wouldn't make the trip expressly for that purpose. If you're in the neighbourhood, though...

                                                                                    1. has anyone gone to Mermaid Fish & chips lately? They are on Church, south of Carllton, north of Gerrard (across from where burger shack used (?)to be) near Granby.

                                                                                      I ate there many times years ago when I lived in the neighborhood, and remembered them when I heard some music I used to listen to back then (I'm in the midst of transferring cd's to mp3)- to my recollection it was good- I thing a visit is in order!


                                                                                      1. Try New Toronto fish and chips on fifth st. in etobicoke just north of Lakeshore blvd east of islington. A friend of mine works for GFS and says they are the largest purchaser of halibut in Ontario for GFS - high volume it must be good.

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                                                                                        1. re: TCB

                                                                                          I love it there and I love their rings. I only wish it could be a little less greasy. It is very very tasty.

                                                                                          1. re: TCB

                                                                                            I second New Toronto! I've been going there every couple of weeks for close to 10 years and they very rarely disappoint. When you order the halibut fish & chips you get a large solid piece of halibut, not some flimsy little filet, and the batter is light and crisp. The fries are great, too. I also love their scallops and onion rings, although the onion rings are the only thing that can be a bit greasy so I usually try to share them with someone else. Try it, you won't be disappointed! Almost forgot, I usually go any day but Friday - too busy!

                                                                                          2. Ate at Leo Burdock in Dublin this year ... wow.

                                                                                            Way too many fries (good, but literally enough for two generous helpings) and what looked like a good full 1.5' filet, battered and fried. Best I've yet had.

                                                                                            If there's anything like that in TO, I want it. :)

                                                                                            1. What about B&B Fish and Chips? I've heard good things about them. Queen E at Bertmount.

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                                                                                              1. re: thenurse

                                                                                                It's very popular and has been for a long time. I don't like it at all. Reliable (Queen near Carlaw) is much better.

                                                                                              2. Do you know any places near the Niagara region? Niagara falls, Niagara on the lake, St Catharines etc?

                                                                                                1. Ok so a few joints coming from the east end of the city. You can usually judge the value by the line up on a Friday night or on Good Friday. lol

                                                                                                  Duckworth’s (Kingston and Midland) they know what they are doing and they do it very well.
                                                                                                  Aunt Mary’s (Lawrence and Scarborough Golf Club) good quality great portions and prices.
                                                                                                  The other place I have not personally tried YET but have heard very good reviews is Hamish Kitchen (Pharmacy and St. Claire)

                                                                                                  Now if you want the absolutely best you will need to travel a little. Port Dover is a cute little fishing village on Lake Erie and it is a Fish & Chip’s Mecca…. They serve the standard Haddock and Halibut but if you want something SPECIAL try the Lake Erie Yellow Perch. Summer is the best time as it is right on the beach and you can make a day of it. You will find superior fish & Chips everywhere you look. My personal favourite is knechtel’s (Awesome) some prefer the Erie Beach Hotel and restaurant (different batter) however if you try the Erie Beach you will be treated to an equally unique experience Horseradish jell-o yes I said it Horseradish jell-o.

                                                                                                  Unrelated but if you do decide to head to Port Dover you should also try the Arbor where hot dogs are all the talk. The Best hot dog ever… Bar none.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                    The best fish and chips I have had since I was a child (50 years ago) was at the Harp restaurant/pub in Niagara on the Lake. 2 pieces of great fish and good chips. I believe they may have new mangement this year so any new reports would be welcomed

                                                                                                  2. Highland Fish and Chips in Scarborough Ellesmere Rd./Neilson Rd. area. (3357 Elesemere Rd.) Close to the Scarborough Campus of U of T so they do keep thir prices down. Fresh cut friese (never frozen Yuck!). Places has a real Scottish feel. In addition to great fish and cghips they serve scottish meat pies, black pudding, etc. (I think they also serve deep fried Mars bars for a dessert). Iron Bru pop from Scotland is also on the menu. If you order tea they bring the pot to your table wth a knitted tea cosy...good food at good prices.

                                                                                                    1. Another strong recommendation for Duckworths - by far the best fish and chips I've had in Toronto, and I've tried Harbord, Pennrose, Old Yorke (not bad), but Duckworths is the best.

                                                                                                      1. The most authentic I've had since leaving the UK has been at the Thistle in Burlington.

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                                                                                                        1. re: industry worker

                                                                                                          Thistle is THE BEST. Just don't think of going on a Friday night!

                                                                                                        2. Caz's is the best I've had downtown.

                                                                                                          Penrose's is okay.

                                                                                                          Chippy's is absurdly over rated (they are the Phil's BBQ of fish and chips).

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                                                                                                          1. re: ognir

                                                                                                            I agree on Caz's although I think you're being charitable on Penrose. Duckworth's I haven't been impressed with, Reliable is ok, B&B too greasy, British Style I like (as much for their chips as anything).

                                                                                                            By the way, great double header on Chippy's/Phil's. I haven't been to Chippy's (no plans to go) but I've always wanted to like Phil's - alas it's not to be. I like their beans though.

                                                                                                          2. In the west end I've always been happy with Kingsway Fish and Chips ( Royal York and Bloor). The batter is the right crispness without being over greasy and they have decent halibut. They also make fairly decent onion rings. I used to like Mcnies ( Burnhamthorpe?) mainly for the fish it was nice and flaky and tender but their batter wasn't that great. Kind of soggy and lack luster.

                                                                                                              1. re: Debinko

                                                                                                                South side of Davenport west of Avenue Rd.

                                                                                                              2. Gotta say Regent Park Fish & Chips really impressed me, Chippys has good fries but the fish is dissappointing, I think the Madison has okay fish and chips but been a while since I've been there so not quite sure

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                                                                                                                1. re: visualhornet

                                                                                                                  just popping in to say we were at the madison today for a work lunch - 2 people ordered the fish & chips, and both were unimpressed. the fist "overcooked to the point of being crunchy" and most was left uneaten.

                                                                                                                  the madison seemed to be having a lot of problems actually, which explains why it was virtually empty i guess.

                                                                                                                2. Duckwoths is overrated...soggy fries and fish...decor (even for a chippy) is awful. Downtown I always make a beeline for Hardbord fish and Chips...gotta love the picnic tables out front.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Finnegan

                                                                                                                    Duckworth is yucky i walk in there and you just smell bad oil. its like they never clean the fryer, and drain out the bad oil. Their fish and chips is built up with the bad oil. I taught their chips was to overcooked, they also dont change their ketchup that frequently it was sour. when I left I had an upset stomach from the oil and the ketchup.

                                                                                                                  2. Just to confirm one point made on the original post, Chippy's is, indeed, NASTY. We went to Harbord F&C last night having been confronted with a craving only to discover that they're closed Sundays. We knew Chippy's had opened on Bloor east of Bathurst and, in spite of my having had poor luck at the Queen/Strachan site and against my better judgement, we gave the new one a go.

                                                                                                                    The fish batter was... I don't know how to describe it... rubbery and hard where there was enough of it, soggy everywhere else (which was most of the fish). The fries weren't my cup of tea: soggy and bland. And I'm sure they're just trying to make a go of it, but don't make me pay $.71 for a little pot of mayo specked with relish, or for another pot of "creamy garlic" (read: corporate salad dressing) sides.

                                                                                                                    Mental note to self: Chippy's- NEVER.

                                                                                                                    1. This recommendation goes back 35 years....the best I've ever had...at the GOLDEN CRISP, 1354 Weston Road, north of St. Clair, south of Lawrence....totally and absolutely delicious, call 416-483-6800 for hours, I think that it usually closes by 9PM ? You Must try it.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: chaource

                                                                                                                        I emphatically agree with the Golden Crisp post. Golden Crisp is my whole family's favourite for fish and chips. We've been eathing there for at least 15 years.
                                                                                                                        The place is family run by very kind people, they quality is very good and the place is very clean.. Prices are good.
                                                                                                                        We drive 20 minutes for their food and worth every minute. Thank heavens we are not closer otherwise it would be impossible to resist bringing it home every Friday.
                                                                                                                        Fresh cut fries, they offer more if you are still hungry, very fresh fish. Service is warm and genuine. I can't think of another restaurant family run and family style that is this consistant in quality and experience.
                                                                                                                        Closed on Sundays. They have specials that vary, especially for take-out, seniors and kids. On a nice day 5 years ago (shamefully) we two adults orderd the halibut family pack and ate it all save one piece for our daughter. ...fish that fresh, I would do it again though. Worth the trip.

                                                                                                                        1. re: chaource

                                                                                                                          Agreed completely. Golden Crisp serves excellent fish n chips. Was last there in May, 2009.

                                                                                                                          An amusing footnote on the bill is the description of the two taxes, instead of saying GST (Goods & Sales Tax) and PST (Provincial Sales Tax), it displays the first names of the current Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Ontario. I've been going there for 20 years so the bill has variously read:

                                                                                                                          GST - Brian (Mulroney) Kim (Campbell) Jean (Chretien) Stephen (Harper)
                                                                                                                          PST - David (Peterson) Bob (Rae) Mike (Harris) Dalton (McGuinty)

                                                                                                                          I just love this form of subtle humour.

                                                                                                                          1. re: dennyby

                                                                                                                            This is nothing new (Steve's Tax, Dalton's Tax); Jack Astors has been doing that for years!

                                                                                                                        2. I like St.andrews fish and chips, on mcCowen and Ellesmere in scarbrough. I go there very often their batter is nice and light, and they but a little salt in the batter, so it doesn't taste bland. There chips is good to it is not oily and, the chips is not overcooked. I also like their fried mars it is so so good!, Overall I give this place a 10.

                                                                                                                          1. THE WORST FISH AND CHIPS.

                                                                                                                            1. carasoul restaurant in rockwood malls food court in mississauga, their fish and chips is just disgusting. The batter is flaky it was falling apart when I cut into it and oily, the fish is so thin that it seems like your tasting only the batter. The chips was burned and dry.
                                                                                                                            2. British Style fish and chips in scarbrough, I went there and the fish was partily frozen. The batter was doughy. it had no taste. I give these two restaurants a thumbs down.

                                                                                                                            1. I drove by a place I used to go to a number of years ago--Eglington Fish and Chips on the near the corner of Laird and Eglinton. When I went, I recall there F&C as quite tasty. It must have been, or we wouldn't have gone back so many times. Worth a try unless someone has a more recent review of this place.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: dinin and dishin

                                                                                                                                I disagree. Their fish and chips are terrible, they taste off. I really like Olde York, they do a much better job, although if there's a wait it can be quite a while.

                                                                                                                                I also once made the unfortunate decision of having fish and chips at Gabby's (the Bloor/Avenue location, across from the ROM), and the oil was completely rancid. I would stay away from any of their fried products.

                                                                                                                                1. re: foodmaven

                                                                                                                                  Thanks for the update. It's been 8 or so years since I last went, and I think there was an owner change since then.

                                                                                                                              2. Hint for takeaway fish and chips: Make sure they don't wrap it up. The steam gets trapped by the newspapper and makes everything soggy. Just keep it open and hurry home!
                                                                                                                                Also great to hear Regent Park F&C is still kickin it. I used to get great fish and chips there. Probably worth a trip. Anybody else have a recent update?

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                                                                                                                                1. re: nose_food

                                                                                                                                  Regent Park F&C seems to be closed. very sad. :(

                                                                                                                                2. Thanks to everyone here who recommended British Style Fish & Chips! I live a short bike ride away and decided to get some take out (cod and chips) for lunch, and it was exquisite - easily the best F&C I've ever had! I'll definitely be going back there.

                                                                                                                                  1. If Hamilton can be considered GTA, I'd have to say the Golden Fish & Chips on Mohawk Rd. is pretty darn good for a 'take out' fish and chip shop. We visit once or twice per month, and the food quality is very consistent. They have about 4 or 5 varieties of fish, batter is not too heavy. Hand cut fries are good, twice fried. They have a few side options like scallops and shrimp, but they keep their menu short and easy. I would also say that by the steady stream of customers, they have established themselves with the locals, they surely can't be wrong.


                                                                                                                                    1. Went to Olde Yorke on Laird tonight. I thought it would be a pre-game (Leaf game) meal. We went for a take-out order at 6:40 pm. Didn't get out of there with my order until 7:30--it wasn't inefficient, just jammed with eat-in, phone in and pick up customers. No one was irate, just had a good time waiting. No wonder! The chips were nicely dark, and the fish (I had haddock and the other two had halibut) was completely crispy, delicious and moist. Wow! What a great order of F&C!!

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                        Olde Yorke and Duckworths are far too overrated. Go to Mad Montys. Order a pint and the F&C- and tuck in. 'nuff said.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: belabooca

                                                                                                                                          Anyone try the new Fish and Chips place (Deep Blue?) on Broadview just south of Danforth?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: rsvp7777

                                                                                                                                            Try Black Cat on Avenue Rd,(1/2nway between Lawrence and Wilson)


                                                                                                                                            1. re: MichaelBaker

                                                                                                                                              For those on the edge of Scarborough, there is the Black Dog. It is expensive but the fish is good and the fries ok. If your craving it and you live by Port Union, it'll do the trick. I think, Duckworth's packs the best bang for your buck but I'm glad to here about all these other gems in the city that warrant a future visit or two.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: rsvp7777

                                                                                                                                              Yes, I've tried Deep Blue and it was just okay IMO. Which is too bad because I really wanted to love the place, they did a nice job with the store front. Olde York is still my go to place.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: rsvp7777

                                                                                                                                                Tried Deep Blue last night. I was very pleased. Wow, talk about selection! They've got cod, salmon, haddock, halibut, shrimp......

                                                                                                                                                I ordered the halibut and fries. The fish was a beautiful white with a typical batter. They fry the batter until it's very brown. The homemade slaw was very good as was the homemade tartar sauce.

                                                                                                                                                They do all these different spins on the fish as well, such as Malaysian and jerk style..

                                                                                                                                                It might not be the best f&c I've had, but it's certainly some very good f&c and it's a welcome addition to the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                DEEP BLUE FISH AND CHIPS (749 Broadview, at Danforth , 416-463-6789) Complete meals for $12 per person, including all taxes, tip and a pop. Average main $9. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday noon to 9 pm, Sunday 4 to 8 pm. Unlicensed. Delivery. Access: one step at door, washrooms on same floor.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                  Agree totally. Went last week and had a very good time. Loved the jerk cod and the crunchy fish wrap. Yam Fries were excellent as well. Would go again soon.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: rsvp7777

                                                                                                                                                    New fish and chips place in Kensington market called Something Fishy. Great belgian fries, tangy homemade tartar sauce and coleslaw included in an order. Everything was well done but the batter on the fish could have been more crispier. ( a little on the soggy side) Still, nice to have a fish n chips place in the market especially one with great fries!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: deabot

                                                                                                                                                      Can't wait to try this new place Somethin' Fishy next time I'm in the neighborhood again. Passed by about 2-3 weeks ago when it first opened, but never got a chance to eat there or get take out. I was in a rush that day when I surprisingly laid eyes on the new place.

                                                                                                                                                      Anyway, I found an older post of mine on another fish and chips thread here so I'm going to re-post even though the prices may have changed. However, my opinion on the places remain the same. ;)

                                                                                                                                                      I've tried several of the fish and chips places mentioned and consider myself an expert as well. However, my personal fav in the city are:

                                                                                                                                                      1. Parkside Fish and Chips (Gerrard on Greenwood)

                                                                                                                                                      2. Woodgreen Fish and Chips (Queen/Broadview)

                                                                                                                                                      3. Harbord Fish and Chips (Bloor/Bathurst area)

                                                                                                                                                      Places that are a joke for F&C are CHIPPY's, RELIABLE, DUCKWORTHS and KINGSWAY was the worst compared to the above mentioned places.

                                                                                                                                                      BTW, I actually don't mind British Style Fish and Chips, but it cost exactly $10.50 including tax, without a beverage. I'll definitely eat their again if somebody buys my order. I just can't justify paying $10.50 for take-out ever again. If you pay for it, I'll definitely eat it! ;)

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                    I had salmon F&C recently and I was really impressed. Doesn't Reliable have them? I'll start looking for this more often now.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BeeRich

                                                                                                                                                      Reliable has pacific salmon. It somehow doesn't appeal (I can't really say why), so I can't comment on it.

                                                                                                                                            3. I used to be an Olde York fan and still am. But I tried British Style today and it was very good, and lots of food for the amount you pay. Olde York, I think, is still marginally better, but also costs much more (especially since we're a family of four). Of course, Olde York is also a prettier place.

                                                                                                                                              British Style was definitely worth the drive.

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: ctl98

                                                                                                                                                Well, just for the heck of it, because I can do this again! Thanks to the help of Jacquilynne, I'm going to add some links to this

                                                                                                                                                2638 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

                                                                                                                                                British Style
                                                                                                                                                73 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON M4L3B1, CA

                                                                                                                                                Black Dog Pub
                                                                                                                                                87 Island Rd, Toronto, ON M1C2P6, CA

                                                                                                                                                1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                  Reliable (Queen East near Logan) is great. A hidden gem. There is also a place in Richmond Hill on Yoge called The Old Galley...filled with the blue rinse crowd but very good halibut and chips.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ren horace


                                                                                                                                                    954 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J7, CA

                                                                                                                                                    New Galley
                                                                                                                                                    10737 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C, CA

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                      Last Friday I took my mother to dinner at Marketplace Fish in Mississauga (Hurontario & Eglinton) and I was "half" happy with the food, LOL. I found the fish (we both ordered the halibut) to be very good, very crispy but not greasy or overwhelming batter, fish just right and flaky, but we weren't impressed by either the fries or the onion rings.

                                                                                                                                                      But I'd return for the fish, though, without hesitation.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                        Well as long as we are showing addresses . . . Heritage Fish n Chips has a few shops in Brampton. Best Fish n Chips I've had. Hard to beat their lunch Haddock Special for value. $5.95 if I recollect and enough that if I buy two it does for two meals. Batter crispy enough to stand reheating for the second meal.

                                                                                                                                                        Heritage Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                        295 Queen St E, Brampton, ON L6W3R1, CA

                                                                                                                                                        Heritage Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                        1 Fisherman Dr, Brampton, ON L7A2X9, CA

                                                                                                                                                2. My partner went and got us takeout from British Style last night. This was our first time eating there since the change in ownership (we figured we'd give the new owners time to find their footing). While the fish (we ordered cod and halibut) was still pretty good, the quality had gone downhill considerably: the pieces of fish looked HUGE, but upon digging in, turned out to be an excess of batter with a small, thin sheet of fish in each. Both the fish and the fries were slightly soggy.

                                                                                                                                                  I loved the food under the old owners. Now, I'm not sure I'm enthusiastic to repeat the experience.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: vorpal

                                                                                                                                                    Hmmm. Sorry to hear about that. We got food there shortly after the ownership change and weren't impressed. I had also hoped that it was going to be an issue of them getting their footing. Oh well, back to the search I suppose...

                                                                                                                                                  2. I wonder how many of us expect great fish and chips, without any direction to the cook.
                                                                                                                                                    Until last Friday, I never made any special request, and often got overcooked fish, soggy fries. So I asked Isabel at Malt 'n Salt for haddock that was lightly cooked, steaming and moist inside. She was delighted to comply, and it was the best serving I can remember.
                                                                                                                                                    I wish I had been more demanding at all those other places.

                                                                                                                                                    1. Can anyone tell me which of these places have onion rings?

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: garfield

                                                                                                                                                        New Toronto fish and chips on fifth st. in etobicoke just north of Lakeshore blvd east of islington. Great rings and halibut - although a bit greasy.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: deelicious

                                                                                                                                                          Wanted to try this place today but found out they're closed Sundays boo.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: deelicious

                                                                                                                                                            I agree. New Toronto Fish and Chips (AKA Fifth Street Fish and Chips) is the best I've had so far. I have a friend who comes ot visit from NS every few eyars and I have to take her there to fill her craving when she comes. It's been around for many years and has the same owners last I heard.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                                              I used to LOVE New Toronto rings! Greasy -side but so great!

                                                                                                                                                              Heart attack heaven was to go there for delicious fish and chips and then San Remo for the very best fritter in the world!

                                                                                                                                                              Need to make that happen soon! : P

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the reminder!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                haha........too funny. That is the plan for some co-workers and myslef this week. Fish and Chips at Fifth Street and then apple fritter at San Remo. I'll keep you in my thoughts while I'm indulging.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fryerlover

                                                                                                                                                                  HAHA! I can't imagine somebody else would do that same thing! I have to do that in hiding! lol Enjoy it and please give us an update! Love the new San Remo set up too! Tough to not grab a sausage sandwich! : P

                                                                                                                                                        2. Penrose is good, though a bit expensive for what it is and for what the decor is. Duckworth's on Kingston Road in Scarborough. Always fresh oil, and fresh fish. Crispy, light, and very yummy! Fries are good too. Batter might not be your taste.
                                                                                                                                                          British Style Fish & Chips (Dundas E/Coxwell) : very good, British style. Fisherman's Wharf- a hole in the ground in a strip plaza across the street and just south of Katz's deli on the west side of Dufferin (69 Richmond West – 416 364-1344). Awesome fries and great fish, in a very rustic setting. But it is all a matter of taste.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: lamaranthe

                                                                                                                                                            Nice to mention Duckworth's on Kingston Rd., a neighbourhood I moved from so long ( LONG ) ago. When in the area, I do find it very reliable, Old School Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                          2. Olde Yorke are not only the best I've had in Toronto, but the best F&C I've ever had anywhere.

                                                                                                                                                            Deep Blue has an impressive selection, but the taste is fairly unmemorable.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: penoose

                                                                                                                                                              I just ate at Olde Yorke two weeks ago and I agree, they are some of the best fish and chips I've had in Toronto. Good chowder soup too.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                I agree, Olde Yorke is my fave. I always order the haddock. The fish portion is generous and moist, the batter is crunchy and tasty. The fries are good. And yes, the chowder soup is good too.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                  Old York is perfect. I like the batter on the fish and the chips are also wonderful.
                                                                                                                                                                  The thing I like about Old York is the F&C isn't oily.

                                                                                                                                                            2. We ate (choices included halibut and chips, shrimps and scallops, mushy peas, coleslaw and a kids menu f&c) at St. Andrew's recently. The fish was properly cooked and not heavily battered, the chips were served piping hot and not greasy even when they cooled. Portion sizes were generous. The sides were tasty as was the Scottish Bread. The tea, which for me is a must with f&c, was in a ceramic pot and very hot.
                                                                                                                                                              The decor is pleasant with ample seating. Service efficient. Separate take-out window. Senior discount (25%?) on Tuesdays and ayce Alaska Whitefish for $7.95 at certain days/times. Nice neighbourhood spot, close to Scarborough Town and hospital.

                                                                                                                                                              For those of you in the GTA (and beyond) you might want to try Captain George's. Appears to be a central Ontario chain, about a dozen locations. I know there's one in Stouffville, and I think Uxbridge and Port Perry, and Cobourg? Plus some west end GTA locations. We go to the one in Aurora. We enjoy their halibut and haddock and chips.
                                                                                                                                                              If you want grilled fish it's not on the menu but they happily prepared it when requested.
                                                                                                                                                              The batter is light and crispy, and cooked through. Fish is properly cooked, not wet.
                                                                                                                                                              Chips are good too. Fish and chips come with coleslaw on the plate, but it can also be ordered separately. Slaw tastes homemade. Portions are generous and prices are very reasonable. We've been for lunch and dinner. At lunch 7 days a week they have a great special...I think its still being offered...$5.50 for cod (and maybe haddock) plus chips, or $5.75 for the fish with salad. And its just a short walk from the Aurora Farmer's market! Enter off Wellington Street immediately east of Yonge on north side(same parking lot as the bank) I'm assuming that the owner's are Greek based on the decor and the Greek salads on the menu. Clean and cheerful, friendly and efficient service. One drawback. Their largest tables seat 4 and they're fastened to the floor so it's less than ideal for a group or bigger family.

                                                                                                                                                              If you want to seat a larger group and you're craving F&C in Aurora go to Stanley's, west of Yonge on Wellington (At Haida and Wellington in a plaza), They even have a private room. The food is very good and more varied (ie, burgers, steak on a bun,onion rings, milkshakes etc,) but they're known for the fish and chips. And with good reason; fish is fresh and tasty, not greasy. Try their Captain's platter if you're really hungry and are want a deep fried fix. Owner operated and the staff is very friendly and welcoming.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Duckworth's Fish & Chips 2282 Kingston Rd Scarborough Ont 416-266-0033 Located on the north side of Kingston Rd between Claremore Avenue and Sharpe Street. In the same plaza as Tim Horton's. West of Midland Ave and east of where Danforth Rd and Kingston Rd merge together becoming Kingston Rd. Duckworth's. Since 1938, 70 years of doing fish right.

                                                                                                                                                                1. I just went to British Style (Dundas & Coxwell), due to this thread. Last time I go there.

                                                                                                                                                                  Anybody can make hand cut chips. The fish was fresh, but bland. Penrose is much better, much more flavour. Reliable is good as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BeeRich

                                                                                                                                                                    I like the old Woodgreen fish and chips on Queen. It is between the Reliable and Broadview. The older couple that run it are fun to watch as they jostle each other while sharing fryer duties.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: smr714

                                                                                                                                                                      I just went there today, all in the name of research. Place looks very sketchy, but the fish was much better than British Style. This place looks like it's survived decades cause of their quality. Much cheaper than British Style as well. Thumbs up for this one. Can't beat the character.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BeeRich

                                                                                                                                                                        Tis place is Da bomb, as the "youts" said :;

                                                                                                                                                                        I LOVE this place, first discovered it back in gr 8, Queen A, in the 80, early 80's, ooh I think I am old, older.

                                                                                                                                                                        Try to get their fish and chips whenever I remember, usally about once every couple of months; I live in Whitby.

                                                                                                                                                                        The fish is great and the chips are suppose to be soft and meaty, not crispy and hollow.

                                                                                                                                                                        If you do decide to try it, use MALT vinegar, only type for F&C IMHO.

                                                                                                                                                                        BTW: very uncomfortable seats, booths if you choose to eat in, I always do the take out.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: stv

                                                                                                                                                                          Queen "A" or Queen Alexandra is the same school I went to when I discovered the delicious Woodgreen Fish & Chips on Queen and east of Broadview in the early 80's. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                          Passed by Woodgreen F&C after work today and it was closed. Actually, it's been closed all weekend and I'm somewhat concerned. Only because I know the old Chinese Mom and Pop couple are getting up in age for retirement. Also, I've noticed some of their signs have been taken down in the front window.

                                                                                                                                                                          Please God, I hope they are not going to RETIRE!!! :(

                                                                                                                                                                          Out of the 3 fish and chips shops on Queen Street east between Broadview to Jones. They were still the best for SURE. A lot cheaper than both RELIABLE and B&B. Reliable is such a joke. It only got exposure because of the "Restaurant Makeover" show.

                                                                                                                                                                          Long live Woodgreen Fish and Chips and please don't retire!!! ;)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: YummyYummy

                                                                                                                                                                            B and B has gone downhill over the past 5 years.
                                                                                                                                                                            They've been around since the 1950's.
                                                                                                                                                                            I think their oil is the problem.
                                                                                                                                                                            Lard is transfat, and one has to wonder how much
                                                                                                                                                                            its changed there.
                                                                                                                                                                            Just my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bretten

                                                                                                                                                                              Animal fats like lard and beef tallow contain a small amount of trans fat, but nutritionists do not consider it a danger, unlike hydrogenated trans fats, which have a higher percentage and have been ostracized by many sources.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: BeeRich

                                                                                                                                                                      The ownership of British Style Fish and Chips changed a while ago and it's no longer anything exciting. When it was amazing was when it was under the last owners, little touches like changing the oil daily made it delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                      It's not *bad* now, but it's certainly nothing to write home about.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. I like Mimi's fish and chips in Brampton

                                                                                                                                                                      Awesome battered shrimps too.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I really enjoy the Fish & Chips from Viking Fish & Chips at 826 The Queensway, Etobicoke. They of course use Halibut, and it is a nice size in thickness. The batter is really crispy and is not dark. What makes their Fish and Chips so good is that it is deep fried in beef tallow. Not necessarily good for the arteries, but the best way to deep fry imho. The clow slaw is ok, mayo base and needs some seasoning. They don’t make their own Tatar sauce. They also sell other deep fried goodies. It’s been some time since I’ve been their so I can’t recall the cost. They have sit in and take out. Unsure if they deliver.

                                                                                                                                                                        The best fires imho are from the Real McCoy Burgers & Pizza, at 1033 Markham Road, Scarborough. This little place will go through over 1,200 lbs of Yukon gold potatoes per week. Sometimes at the end of summer they can’t find any Yukon Gold potatoes, and use whatever they can find. The fish is alright, heavy thick batter, and it is Halibut. No clow slaw. Nor do they don’t make their own Tatar sauce. This place does make their own hamburgers and pizza. I miss this little place since moving from the east to the west. I’d stop by and pick up a large order of fries and eat them in the car. The best fries imho!

                                                                                                                                                                        Lykn Chicken at 7460 Airport Rd Mississauga does nice Fish and Chips. They use Tilapia with Panko bread crumbs, it’s really good. The fries are not fresh cut, but the deep fryer is a very good fryer, which makes for a decent fry. He does do a homemade wedge fry which is very good. Best clow slaw around imho, oil base. Very rich and very good tater sauce, which is great with the fish. Not traditional fish and chips, but they are good.

                                                                                                                                                                        Of course all these places have malt vinegar. You got to use the malt vinegar on fish and chips. I don’t mind cider vinegar, but the white vinegar is best for pickling not fish and chips. Lemon is nice, but it’s fish and chips not sea bass. I really hate those little packages of tater sauce. What’s so hard to use Hellman’s mayo, some pickles, some capers, parsley and salt and pepper?

                                                                                                                                                                        All of these places change their oil quite often. They go through a great deal of fish and chips so it’s not much of a problem to change the oil. Nothing worse than old dark oil for deep frying, it smells and taste like crap.

                                                                                                                                                                        I’m old school when it comes to fish and chips; over 30 years ago I use to deliver fish and chips after school on my bicycle. Back then we used cod and it cost $1.65 per order plus .25 cents for delivery. There was two pieces of fish for each order; the batter was thin and very crispy. We only used beef tallow. I did that from age 12 to 15 and took home $20-30 per week and all the fish and chips anyone would want. I miss cod fish and chips, I don’t know of anyone who uses cod anymore. We also sold hotdogs in batter for the kids and in the fall we would sell sliced apples in batter.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Pastryrocks

                                                                                                                                                                          While not in the GTA I had amazing F&C last week up on Georgian Bay. The place is Henry's on Frying Pan Island in the Sans Souci chain of islands. As it's 20 miles from shore so most of the clientele arrives by boat or float plane. (It actually has airport designation.) On the wall is an article from a 2001 Saveur mag listing it at #25 on their list of 100 restaurants worldwide. The mag called it "best place in the world for fish and chips".
                                                                                                                                                                          Basically you can have whitefish or pickerel, either breaded or battered. Considering that I had been kayaking and living on dehydrated food for 5 days, battered walleye was the way to go. The AYCE option is $23 with awesome homemade fries, slaw and beans. I admit I gorged.
                                                                                                                                                                          If I arrived by plane or motorized launch, I would go breaded for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                          My shot of the food and a Star article on the place attached.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: koknia

                                                                                                                                                                            i tried to read all the post's but got dizzy..not sure if Duckworth's on Kingston Road in Scarborough was posted...old school fish and chips...that's all they serve..great bread and butter and the slaw is so 1955 style...never had a bad experience worth the drive..

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ribboy

                                                                                                                                                                              Hey hounds,

                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure if this has been talked about before, but I've noticed two new fish and chip places near me, one on Donlands, just south of O'Connor and the other on the Danforth, east of Pape. They're both called Captain John. Anyone been?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                                I have been to Capt Johns it is pretty good. A nice portion and friendly service.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: koknia

                                                                                                                                                                              There is a second Henry's that's accessible by land. It's located at the Doral Marina on a road that runs right near the Martyr's Shrine in Midland, near Ste. Marie Among the Hurons, Wye Marsh etc. Nice spot. We like to eat by the dock in the screened area rather than the main building. The fish is local and good. Is walleye the same as yellow perch? We liked the pickerel. Try a sampler platter if you're not sure which fish to order. At this location the fries were definitely disappointing and not homemade but that was the last couple of years so maybe this year they've changed it. Hope so.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: dory

                                                                                                                                                                                Pickerel is walleye. I second the Henry's at Ogden Beach. Go for the "shore lunch" - battered pickerel fresh from Georgian Bay, fries, baked beans, coleslaw.

                                                                                                                                                                                Henry's Fish House
                                                                                                                                                                                3282 Ogden's Beach Rd, Tay, ON L0K, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: dory

                                                                                                                                                                                  Perch and walleye are cousins.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Pastryrocks

                                                                                                                                                                                Now thats a road\boat\plane trip!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                Have to put that on the agenda for next year.....just because!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                              3. I think Wood Green F&C has closed its doors. It's been closed for about 2 weeks now. Looks pretty stark in there, with a sign on the window that just says CLOSED. It looked pretty stark before that though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: BeeRich

                                                                                                                                                                                  Drove by in October, 2009 and Woodgreen Fish n Chips has been replaced by a Japanese Restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Mc Nies? in Etobicoke I think. We've always gone there.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I also like the fish and chips at the West mall plaza, west mall and bloor St W.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                      Really?!!! They're Irish,. right? (the place is usually packed on st. Patrick's day)

                                                                                                                                                                                      I used to live in the neighbourhood, wonder why they relocated.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                                                        I just googled McNies, and they are still there, but I am sure the proprietors moved to High Street Fish and Chips on Underhill. It has been mentioned frequently on CH and eG as a good place, with authentic Scottish items such as haggis, mushy peas, and deep fried Mars bars. Doesn't sound Irish to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                          Scottish then, it seems. Hehe. Glad they're still there, but I was reading an article that said they abandoned their etobicoke shop and went to Niagara on the lake to open a bed and breakfast.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BamiaWruz

                                                                                                                                                                                            I recently went to the Fish House and had a fabulous halibut with fries, I was very impressed!!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I have never had good fish and chips in the city. If ever up in Kilarney Ont(near sudbury) got the the Herberts fish and chip stand by far the best ever. Fresh whitefish and lake trout right out of georgian bay. Worth the 5+ hour drive.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cooksified

                                                                                                                                                                                      That's a pretty broad statement, cooksified. Are we to believe that you have or haven't tried some of the places discussed in this thread? If you haven't tried them, then of course your statement is likely to be true. More info please.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                        The distinction between Herbert's and GTA fish and chips is the supply of fresh, well chosen lake fish, rather than days old or previously frozen ocean fish.

                                                                                                                                                                                        You don't have to go as far as Killarney (although it's beautiful destination.)
                                                                                                                                                                                        There are fresh lake fish fry places all along Lake Erie and Lake Huron, worth a day trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                          jayt90, I have no problem with the suggestion to try Herberts in Kilarney, but I take issue with the statement, "I have never had good fish and chips in the city."

                                                                                                                                                                                          I must add, though, that I'd prefer the fresh fish from Lake Huron over Lake Erie.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                            There is a misconception about Lake Erie, which was considered close to dead in the 1970's, and seems to retain that notion, although it was effectively cleaned up on both sides of the border, and the fishing industry was alive and well (not to mention monitored) in the 1980's. A true success story, and one which could be repeated in Lake Ontario if we had the political guts to do it.
                                                                                                                                                                                            There are good fish and chips places on the north shore of L. Erie, but the closest L. Huron shop would be under the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                              Georgian Bay is technically Lake Huron. Are there any good fish and chips shops around Georgian Bay? Closer than Sarnia!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tatai

                                                                                                                                                                                                wow, I bet that deserves a whole new thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I will have to weigh in on this and up my original post from 2007. lol
                                                                                                                                                                                                  IMHO the absolutely best F&C are in Port Dover, Lake Erie. Lake Erie Yellow Perch. Summer is the best time as it is right on the beach and you can make a day of it. You will find superior fish & Chips everywhere you look. My personal favourite is knechtel’s (Awesome) some prefer the Erie Beach Hotel and restaurant (different batter) however if you try the Erie Beach you will be treated to an equally unique experience Horseradish jell-o yes I said it Horseradish jell-o.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Unrelated but if you do decide to head to Port Dover you should also try the Arbor where hot dogs are all the talk. The Best hot dog ever.. The mustard is unique to this establishment. Would love to know what kind it is or where it comes from, but they ain't telling

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Connoisseur

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've had the pleasure of going back in time by eating at the family-run Erie Beach Hotel. The fried perch and chips are great, as is the fried pickerel. And then there's the array of pickles and salads that comes with the meals, including the aforementioned horseradish jello and pickled pumpkin. http://www.eriebeachhotel.com/index.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Tatai

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This should probably be a new thread, 'cause this one is getting hefty, but I had some really great pickerel fish & chips at Ken's (IIRC) in Penetanguishene.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Went to penrose fish and chips and it was good. I was better than what i expected. It is not the best fish and chips i had but it was just good. I will go back to Penrose because the F&C were tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I took a friend of mine from London (born and raised on F&C) to Olde Yorke not long ago - he said it is without doubt the closest thing to the amazing F&C back home he has found.

                                                                                                                                                                                          I would most likely put them as the best fish n chips place in the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Always fresh, never oily, great batter!

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Sadistick

                                                                                                                                                                                            Good to know sadistick. I've always considered Olde Yorke the real deal but it's nice to have it confirmed. It's really our only place for fish and chips. The Grindhouse does a good fish and chips but nothing can beat OY.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sadistick

                                                                                                                                                                                              If you like tartar sauce and you're at Olde Yorke for take-out, ask for their homemade version. Otherwise they automatically stick those packets in your bag. Took me a while to figure this out as I don't dine in.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Sadistick

                                                                                                                                                                                                With (lack of) respect; being compared with the stuff in London is hardly a recommendation. There's a reason that 'curry' is now the British 'National Dish' - the F&C has gone seriously downhill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Of course there will be the occasional exception (to prove the rule?) - but many (most?) London Chippies are serviceable at best (and I don't want to think about worst!).
                                                                                                                                                                                                I rate Olde Yorke fairly high in Toronto (top 3?) but my #1 is Harbord.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I used to like Harbord a few ownership changes ago. I had f&c from there a couple of months ago and was disappointed. The serving of fries was generous, as always, and tasty, but the batter on the fish was woefully oily and the shattered upon contact with one of their plastic forks. And the fish was actually undercooked! Oh well. May be it was a one-off bad experience—I'd like to hope so since I recently moved back into the neighbourhood and do love my f&c.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mrbozo

                                                                                                                                                                                                    It wasn't a one-off experience. The problem with Harbord is that they overcook their halibut to the point where the batter is burned to a crisp and falls off the fish the moment you stick the fork in. I've been there twice in the past year (thought I'd give them a second chance); both times I wound up eating deep fried, batterless halibut accompanied by chips covered in a huge pile of fish batter chunks. It does a booming business, so I guess some people either like it that way or don't know any better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: somewhere4

                                                                                                                                                                                                      this was exactly my experience the one time I went to Harbord. I have not been back

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: somewhere4

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've been twice - once I had exactly what you describe (too brown, shattering batter), and once I had a very nice order of fish and chips. So I think it may depend on who's doing the frying - personally, I don't have the energy or waistline to devote to figuring out the pattern, and just go elsewhere for my occasional fix.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Sadistick

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Olde York used to be my top spot. but High Street fish and chips is my go to place these days. freshness, lightness of batter, I must say it beats Olde York. I recommend everyone to try it out

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: shekamoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tried High Street today on your reco. We really liked it. Pleasant ambiance, friendly, helpful server, great food. The batter was really crispy without being overly thick, chips were nice golden brown, crispy but with good potato taste. I wasn't crazy about the homemade gravy. They must thicken it with Bisto or something, because it tasted like powder-made to me. Also, while I didn't hate their version of onion rings, I wouldn't get them again. They're more like onion "shells" and very hard to eat without making a greasy mess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Overall, very good impression. My DC is already planning his next visit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CeeQueue

                                                                                                                                                                                                        glad you like it, I think they deserve more recognition, not that I enjoy standing in lines more than I already have to do some of the time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Andrew's Fish and Chips, in West Hill near the Black Dog Pub, serves fairly thick pieces of fish, with good batter and the usual fresh but soggy fries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The opening specials are $6 F&C for cod or haddock, or a dollar more for halibut.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like this place for the full fresh and steaming fish offered. Most but not all other places offer thin slabs of fish and overcook it. Service is good and they are still fairly quiet, a neighborhood place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Black Dog Pub
                                                                                                                                                                                                    87 Island Rd, Toronto, ON M1C2P6, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Andrew's Halibut Fish&Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                    515 East Ave, Toronto, ON M1C 2X1, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. KINGSWAY FISH AND CHIPS on bloor west. Hands down..no ifs and or buts. THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: skordo

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Which other places have you tried, skordo?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                          If you are any where near south Etobicoke Longbranch Fish and Chips has my vote
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lake Shore west of Kipling near the 7-11
                                                                                                                                                                                                          New management and they redecorated ... a bit spartan, but very clean
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Good food, good service
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Haddock and chip special about $10....a light batter on the fish
                                                                                                                                                                                                          No liquer licence

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Longbranch Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                          3260 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M8V1M4, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Hamish's Fish 'n Chips on Pharmacy Ave. , just north of St. Clair, in the plaza (E side).
                                                                                                                                                                                                        It's a real hidden gem....been there for decades.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: KiKi P

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hi Kiki - Hamish's has been mentioned twice so far in this post. I know you mentioned it's a hidden gem, but is it a relatively clean place, or are we talking a Diners, Drive ins and "Dive" type of place (no offense)?


                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: red dragon

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Given that Kiki hasn't posted anything in three years, you may not get much of an answer

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The fish and chip restaurant at the south west side of
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Greenwood and Gerrard has been there for many years,
                                                                                                                                                                                                          and is always 1st class.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          They also use Canola oil for their fryers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Halibut fish and half order of fries (more than plenty) is $7 including tax.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bretten

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Yes, Parkside is my favorite in the east end ever since Woodgreen closed over a year ago. Also, I plan to give British Fish & Chips (Coxwell/Dundas area) another chance, but many have mentioned ever since the owners changed a few years ago it hasn't been the same (gone downhill). However, I have heard some positive reviews from some people saying it is not bad nowadays. I'll have to judge for myself when I return for a visit soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: YummyYummy

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just before I moved from Toronto, Parkside was my favourite as well. Great quality, generous portions, and good price. The couple that run the place are absolutely adorable and charming as well. I miss their cod and chips...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. On Lakeshore Rd W just east of Bronte Rd. I have sampled Bronte Fish & Chips. I would eat there again and it has been around for many years. For you folks in the west, it's Bronte. My all time favourite is still Duckworth's. A lot of shops purchase Halibut from Rycott in Hamilton. But only a few shops do fish right.-

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2638 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bronte Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                            2313 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville, ON L6L1H2, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Lakeshore Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                            6320 Lakeshore Rd, Forest, ON N0N1J0, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I'm looking for good fish and chips in the downtown core. I haven't found my local pub fare to be too satisfying, with only a few successes at the Pour House on Dupont. Most of fish I've tried has been greasier than what I'm willing to eat on a regular basis (i.e. Harbord, Chippy's). Any suggestions?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Underdog Rally

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rodneys by bay is good but expensive($17), lunch time it is all suits....

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Based on the number of respondents, fish and chips is a definite yearning but in my estimation is pretty lethal in terms of well -- fat.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                When I want f & c though, I go to Viking -- haddock and halibut, real potatoes, and given that the owner has been there from the beginning of time (with a brief interlude), the fat is probably more likely to have been changed since the last time I was there. the batter is perhaps more cooked than other places in the city. Staff/family have also been there for a long time, and it is like being on Coronation Street with the tables, the malt etc. Been to some of the others -- Penrose, Caz. If I am going to do the damage, this is the place

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Viking Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                826 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M8Z1N5, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: paytmeister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  where is this Viking? On Queensway?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: paytmeister

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I"ve been going to Viking for years for their excellent fish and chips. The fish is moist and the batter is light and crispy. Chips are fresh cut and the coleslaw is flavored just right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    826 The Queensway, Toronto, ON‎ - (416) 259-2051

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think that they are closed on Mondays. There's parking for a few cars out back. Also in the west end, Kingsway has good fish and chips and a little more decor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In the east end, Duckworth's on Kingston is excellent too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2638 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kingsway Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    510 Ferguson Ave, Haileybury, ON P0J1K0, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I enjoyed the halibut fish and chips at Fresco's Fish and Chips in Kensington Market.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They are on 213 Augusta a block or so north of Dundas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Can't remember the exact price but it was around $10.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    They are new owners, Spring of this year is when they opened.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Previously it was a place called "Somethings Fishy".

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Petor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have to second Fresco's. They have a special batter that they put Miss Vicky's chips in that is to die for. Their crab cakes are also amazing. Any food enthusiast must visit this place, as the quality and taste are incredible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Just remember to bring cash, because that's all they take.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dgnr8

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Really? I've tried their food - perhaps on an off day then...the quality was not to die for at all. I'll consider giving them another visit...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. A year or so ago I had EXCELLENT F&Cs at Chubby's F&C on Islington Ave. just N of the 401. It really was excellent. Light crispy battered fish, not greasy, and great fries. I am definitely going back the next time I'm out there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I'm no Fish & Chip expert, but I've enjoyed a plate at Irish Embassy. Mind you, I haven't tried many places but I thought it was nice and crispy without being oily or overly deep fried. Fries were decent too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Irish Embassy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        49 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I'm going to have to agree with Captain George's in Aurora. Never had a bad experience.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Mr_Elusive

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            When I got back to Canada last Friday someone mentioned that Chippy's in the Annex was moving... I went to their website but it appears to be down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any ideas what is happening?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Non Doctor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup, I posted in the Closings thread that they closed earlier this week...shop is empty. If you're looking for a Chippy's fix, you can always try the Queen St. West location - that one is still up and running. The one in the Annex IS moving, but they haven't specified where yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EEW - I had Chippies the other day and it had to be the absolute worse F&C I've ever tasted. The oil was old and bitter - the batter on the fish was cooked on the outside and mushy inside. The fries too were raw on the inside, overly brown on the out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                All this and ear-splitting music for my wait. Never again!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. New Wave Cafe in Keswick is brand new and they have nailed it. The local rag named them the best F&C in Georgina after they had been open for just 3 months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Reliable on Queen is ok, though their coleslaw is terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Duckworth's in Orillia is pretty good, but New Wave is the best I have had in a long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2638 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1L7, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Very Hungry Hippo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              KINGSWAY FISH N CHIPS on Bloor West....i promise promise promise promise you ...its the "best"...kitchy, full of seniors and all sorts of ages....its all about the fish n chips!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: skordo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kingsway, decent but expensive. The deep fat fried Haggis wasn't bad... For me the best value for decent fish and chips, try Vicky's Fish and Chips on Roncesvalles. Ambiance, decor, terrible...most on here would look at the place and possibly keep walking, but fish and chips for $7.99 or $6.99 for takeout the value is there....AND if someone craving Thai food, they are a split personality place serving a full Thai menu as well. Try it, not for the upper crust, but not $40 bucks for a couple craving wanting fish and chips like Kingsway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ebay3392

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've lived off ronces for a few years but just last month bought a place very close to Vicky's so went in for the first time despite having walked past countless times. I actually love the decor since it looks like a cell inside an insane asylum or something. One hungover Sunday I decided to give them a shot since fish and chips was exactly what I was craving and spring rolls and pad thai was hitting the spot for my girlfriend. I was really surprised. The fish had a nice crispy batter and firm, flaky fish inside. The chips were very good. The pad thai and spring rolls were as good as most quick takeout spots in the city with a little bit more flavour. All in it was less than 20 bucks, closer to 15. I would not suggest anyone go out of their way to eat there but if you're close it's a great option.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jamesm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You said it well..not a destination place by any means but if in the area, even if I am in BWV and we have a craving we go there. And the proprietor is nice, very hard working, always there, my wife has known her for years growing up in the area. As for the decor, according to my wife the place has had a makeover as the fryers used to be at the front of the house...yikes, don't want to see the 'before' pictures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I really liked High Street F&C but haven't been back in a year or so. Really good F&C at a small place on Painted Post at Markham Rd. The place is a bit of a dive but its good anyway.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The best I've had in a long, long time are at My Place Fish & Chips at 2577 Victoria Park Ave. in the strip mall just south of Johnny's Hamburgers. (South of Sheppard Ave.) Never greasy and done in a panko batter. Very friendly, clean place. The parking is a challenge after noon. Best to back into the spot for easy exit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              High Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: GlennScarborough

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                GlennScarborough, how does My Place F&C compare with High Street F&C? More importantly, does My Place have potable wine as High Street does?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                High Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sorry Googs, I haven't been keeping up with this site. I've had HS twice and was pleased. I've been to My Place about 10 times and have been very pleased. They have wine and beer although I admit I haven't checked out the wine list. Not sure what wine goes well with malt vinegar. ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GlennScarborough

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If it's an option, I'd give Riesling a whirl. I've not touched the malt vinegar at High Street since their tartar sauce is so good. I get what they got which is a Jackson Triggs Sauvignon Blanc. Better than nothin' I guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've never had wine with fish and chips. But Ive had lots : ) of Jackson Triggs 2010 Black Label Sauvignon Blanc with salmon fillets. Pretty good for $14 a bottle.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Has anybody tried Buster's Sea Cove for fish and chips in the st lawrence market?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Buster's Sea Cove
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C3, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ManAbout

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Buster's Sea Cove is excellent. I'm surprised only one person mentioned it. British Style is my other fav. Still need to try Olde York and Penrose but Harbord was alright and Chippy's was utterly terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Hamish Kitchen, 641 Pharmacy Avenue Scarborough.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Since I started going here several years ago, I have always had good service and good food.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The fish is always fresh and tasty, the fries are cut fresh on the premises, prices are reasonable and the choices available are good for a small restaurant. I refuse to go many other closer places since I started dining here.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ianvgg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This place used to be owned by the folks who run High Street (McNie?), surprised to see it highly rated as when the newer owners bought it in the late 90's/early 2000's it went from good to blah...maybe newer owners?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Love that this thread has been going since 2007 - yay us! It's one thing to have great fish and chips but do you guys know if any of these places serve a black pudding supper? Black pudding, chips and mushy peas....mmmmmm....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: muckluckgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Say HEL-lo to Scarborough where there's not one, but two Scottish-style fish & chips establishments to fulfill your desire. High Street F&C and St Andrew's F&C. There are probably more that do, but these are the ones I know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      High Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      55 Underhill Dr, Toronto, ON M3A2J8, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      St. Andrews Fish and Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1589 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2Y3, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Caledonian pub on College, between Ossington and Dovercourt. easily the best fish and chips i've ever had. the fish was really fresh and soft inside the batter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned Oyster Boy. We went the other night and I thought the fish and chips were great. I started with a half dozen oysters and followed with the fish and chips. I was so full I couldn't finish my plate. The fish and chips are $15 but the portion is very large. The fish was very fresh, had a clean sea taste and a good texture. The batter was crispy, greaseless, and not overly thick. Fries are thin cut and tartar sauce was garlicky without overwhelming. The only dud is the coleslaw which is neither creamy or vinaigery and cut too thickly. I would go back again, but next time I'll split the fish and chips with my gf.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dubchild

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I forgot to mention, even though the guiness was $8 a pint it was noticeably better than other places. They mentioned their kegs are directly under the bar and thus have shorter lines.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. How late does Harbord Fish & Chips stay open on a Friday night?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harbord Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. In my view:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The best in Toronto is a toss-up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tied for Number One:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sun Crisp Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2047 Weston Road Toronto ON

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Golden Crisp Fish & Chips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1354 Weston Road Toronto ON


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dennyby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hallelujah! i drop in on this thread on occasion hoping for good news - and closer to home than most of the places posted here! what's good to order?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Like everyone else here, I REALLY enjoy eating good fish n chips! I prefer halibut to the other fish options, but, it's not like I would pass on eating fish n chips just because halibut wasn't available. Now, without further ado, here are my thoughts:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm 41 years old. The best fish n chips I ever had was the fish n chips Nick Vavougious made at a takeout restaurant called Root n Burger. This place was located in Regent Park, so, perhaps, most posters here will not be familiar with it, but it was essentially located on Sumach St., south of Dundas, and was sandwiched between a Beckers store and another variety store. This place is not to be confused with Regent Park fish n chips that was located on Parliament St. just south of Gerrard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I used to be one of several people that worked at Nick's, folding french fry boxes by the 200s, and I always looked forward to the free fish n chips I got after completing my job. Sadly, Nick passed away many years ago, and the fish n chips were never the same.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Right now, I live in the Beaches area, and British Style is the best option to satisfy a FNC craving. I have gone to Reliable, and I wasn't that impressed. I'll have to go again, b/c it does have a very good reputation, and perhaps I went on an "off" day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Parkside Fish and Chips on Greenwood just south of Gerrard was very good too! I actually enjoyed it more than British Style. I was crestfallen when I drove by and saw the sign that said they've retired. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If I extend my perimeter to include the Riverdale area, I'd say the best Fish n Chips I've had over the past year has been at Off The Hook, which is located on Broadview, east side, just south of Danforth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When I lived in Whitby, I had two favourite places for Fish n Chips:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Krispy's (which was more in Brooklyn than Whitby) had amazing Fish n Chips. It was definitely amongst the best I've EVER had. Sadly, though, and this seems to be a theme for some reason, they've closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Pat & Mike's (which is technically in Oshawa - 58 Rossland Rd W.) is also VERY Good! They used an Alaskan Coldwater Halibut, and I've never been disappointed there. A little far to travel to for fish n chips now (from Toronto), but, if I'm ever in the area, I would definitely go there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's all I can think of now, but yeah, if anyone else knows of any good FnC places around, please let me know. I love trying out new places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PS G&B (or GB Fish & Chips) on Queen (east of Reliable Fish n Chips) was awful. Very greasy and did not like them at all. Oil probably wasn't changed in months!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: AConACon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Isn't there a place on Queen East called B & B Fish and Chips? Still around? Any good?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                EDIT - I see the clarification below. Ignore post.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  B & B Fish and Chips on Queen Street East. In my review I said "nearest garbage cans are at the 7-11 store across the street."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I'll add a data point here RE: Harbord Fish and Chips. I went in March of 2012 and it was not very good. The fish was dry and overcooked, big parts of just pure fried batter, no fish. It's a friendly husband and wife that operate it, but I paid something like $13 all in and didn't feel I got a quality meal for the price.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EverymanJack

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, for me it totally sucked. The unbelievable part is when they ask it it's "for here or to go?" What does it matter?! They have no seats inside. Only a scant few tables on the sidewalk! Either way, it's dumped uncaringly into a cardboard box. You have to hack away at piece of fish whose batter is so hard and crusted, you are best advised to borrow a jackhammer from a nearby construction worker. Only then can you get to the chips, which are underdone and starchy as all get-out. Luckily, the City has provided garbage bins nearby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I have said this before and I will say it again. The BEST Fish 'n' Chips in all Toronto - hands down! Sun Crisp Fish and Chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2047 Weston Road, Toronto ON M9N 1X7 416-244-6663

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Give it try and tell me whether or not I'm crazy!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dennyby

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hmmm.... a bit out of the way for me, but, if you say it's the best hands down, I'll try it and let you know. Thanks for the recommendation dennyby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Correction to my post above, it's not G&B or GB Fish n Chips on Queen, it's B & B Fish n Chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LOL @ Harbord Fish n Chips. I recall an article in Toronto Life (YEARS ago!) When Harbord was ranked pretty high. One of the things mentioned in the article was the amount of times they shake the fries, in that rectangular sieve thingy, before dumping them into their fries holder area. Sheesh, I'm just realizing I'm not even close to being down with french fry equipment lingo! Anyway, it was something like 34 times. WhoopDeeDoo! You can shake that thing 100 times, if your fish is crap to beging with, it ain't gonna make a difference!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Two other places I've tried lately are:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Charmy's - 1549 O'Connor Drive. Just north of the O'Connor Bowl. These were okay, but, nothing I'd recommend with any sort of enthusiasm, and definitely not a "contender".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hamish's Kitchen Restaurant - 641 Pharmacy (Just north of St. Clair) - Best fish n chips I've had in that section of town. Definitely better than Charmy's. I've only been there once, and I liked it enough that I will try it again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and one last thing about British Style at Coxwell & Dundas. His fish n chips are very good, but, he should really do something about that stench that comes from the basement. You get a whiff of it everytime you enter the store because you have to go through two doors to get into British Style. Not sure if anyone has ever mentioned this to the owner, but, I think I will the next time I'm there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: AConACon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As a long-time Olde Yorke fan, I've been wanting to check out British Style for a change since it's actually closer to home, but your last paragraph trashed that idea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Hi There!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I like Old Yorke on Laird Drive south of Eglinton Avenue on the west side of Laird. I also like Duckworth's which is on Danforth Avenue east of Main St. Subway station on the north side of Danforth. If you are ever in Burlington Ontario (where I now live) you can always get a great fish and chip dinner at The Thistle which is on Fairview Street (south of the QEW Walker's Line exit) west of Walker's Line and on the north side of Fairview Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I must also qualify this recommendation with the fact that I will only eat halibut and chips! I do not enjoy haddock or cod, so I am speaking only about halibut fish fillets!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kitty =^^=

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: madamemeowmeow

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Halibut and chips is not even fish and chips. It's cod or haddock or it's a North American facsimile of said British tradition...sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gormenghastly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tell that to the Jewish immigrants who originally brought the dish to Britain!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's an interesting bit of 'history', estufarian. Not sure exactly what you mean? Care to expand a little? Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I can do that. It seems that Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe [some say Portugal] were the first people to offer fried fish on the streets of London sometime in the mid 19th century. Before that it was mostly "meat pies" [Sweeny Todd, anyone?"] "The rest is history" as they say.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gormenghastly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks gormenghastly. I've seen some references to that theory. I was also curious about the halibut reference. I don't think it's a popular fish in the UK now, if ever. Also, fried fish isn't exactly battered fish. Any idea when that technique began?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No, when I say "fried fish" I do mean "battered fish"...that was what made the contribution of the recent immigrants so unique...I have no idea how/why they did it this way. Probably, there was a tradition...I have several Jewish cookbooks and I'll investigate and get back to you if I find an answer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As for halibut, I'm English and I cannot remember ever having it when I was growing up...I love it, but it's not a limey thing at all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gormenghastly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ha ha. Yeah, I'm pretty sure halibut is a NA thing. I prefer haddock or cod, myself. Love me some Olde Yorke Fish and Chips. I appreciate your research, gormenghastly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Yongeman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! All I can think about is fish & chips & all we have in Burlington are Caz's & the Thistle (Both Awful!!) Now I have to drive all the way to Waterdown for Village fish & chips damn you ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You're correct about the wonderful Jewish origins of F&C in Whitechapel, but I don't think Eastern European Jews fleeing pogroms were exactly familiar with halibut...do you know something I don't?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gormenghastly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks for the ‘historical response’. My understanding was that it was Central/Eastern European Jews that populated the East end of London, where I thought the dish originated. However, it could have developed elsewhere in UK if it was Iberian Jews (or maybe they were soon swamped by larger numbers of later immigrants).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But essentially it would have been ‘whatever fish was cheapest’ – so certainly cod was a prime candidate. And certainly haddock is also cheap (or was). In my formative years it was the misnamed ‘rock salmon’ that predominated – again presumably because of its low cost (it’s actually dogfish of several varieties).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              In the north of England (where I was ‘educated’), the primary fish was ‘Scarborough Woof’ (also dogfish). Again, cost was the driving force.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But surely the ‘breed’ is irrelevant – after all, Lobster used to be a cheap alternative to ‘real’ fish. The actual variety is more cultural than traditional (hence my original reference to Jewish origins).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And in North America, ‘the culture is Halibut’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              As a ‘new poster’ (and welcome, by the way) you’re unlikely to be aware of my adopted role of championing ‘local’ versions of ‘traditional’ dishes. Of close relevance is a post I made supporting a ‘Thai Fish and Chips’ dish I encountered at Linda’s (in Don Mills) – it’s certainly not Thai (or ‘Fish ‘n’ Chips, either) – but something that just “works” – especially in a multicultural Toronto.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Similarly I often jump in on BBQ discussions – especially when people say it’s not ‘authentic’. What works in Southern U.S. is NOT (for me) sufficient reason to criticize a local version (and I heap kudos on Black Camel for their use of Portuguese Buns, rather than ‘authentic’ Wonderbread).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So I can now climb down off my soapbox – you accidentally stepped on my well-worn nerve on what ‘authentic’ or ’traditional’ means. If it tastes good – that’s what really matters to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, so much information [and so well written too]. I was eating dogfish and chips when I watched the moon landing on BBC...I believe Patrick Moore was rambling/stuttering on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I'm Bradford "born and bred" myself so I'm a bit surprised by the parentheses around "educated"...my education was pretty good, although it was at Wellingborough Grammar in Northamptonshire, not "where;'s there's muck there's brass".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. re: gormenghastly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I favour Halibut as well, even if it's not the type if fish traditionally used in Britain. Seems meatier and less oily.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree, it is better, it's just not "traditional" There's nothing nicer than biting into a meaty slab of halibut with good batter and nice malt vinegar...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gormenghastly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I believe halibut became popular in the fish and chip shops a century ago or more in North America because the east coast fishermen were having a difficult time supporting their families when fish brought in pennies per pound. The priests and clergy pressured families to serve fish every Friday, to help the poor fishermen. Fish was not a favorite meal for many, but they would tolerate halibut because it was meaty and did not smell as much as other types.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The chip shops became wildly popular on Fridays, with halibut the best choice for fussy families. The Friday line up for halibut and chips to go continues to this day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that's interesting; I'm sure you're correct since it would explain why halibut was/is so popular in NA. I wonder why it's so damn expensive, though...we supposedly "over-fished" cod to the point of extinction, yet it's one third the price of halibut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gormenghastly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The only sustainable halibut fishery is in the Berring Sea, Barent's Sea, and the north Pacific.Demand far exceeds supply, so the price is higher than cod or halibut.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We are told that Atlantic cod are making a comeback, but curiously it remained available at $16/kg throughout the last decade, and the 90's. I doubt if we ever got a truthful assessment of the situation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I generally choose haddock over cod because we are told that the Atlantic haddock fishery is sustainable and well managed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jayt90

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      While I agree that eating fish on Fridays (or any other day) would support fishermen, I am somewhat sceptical that this was the motivation behind clergy 'pressuring families to eat fish on Fridays'. The 'fish on Fridays' "culture" predates the European (re?)discovery of North America, and was specific to Friday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      And I don't want (or expect) this to turn into a religious discussion - just pointing out that it was well-established.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I also question the relevance of halibut being 'meaty' as a relevant influence. Poor communities (in my experience), particularly coastal communities, rarely ate meat anyway (too rare and too expensive). However, my relevant experences were in UK, not North America; a specific example (personal) being the confusion I experienced when first-year schoolkids wouldn't eat the meat provided in school dinners (probably showing my age here) because they didn't recognize it - they'd NEVER eaten meat their entire lives to that point!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nothing more than a meat substitute:"The long-standing Roman Catholic tradition of not eating meat on Fridays - especially during Lent - and of substituting fish for other types of meat on that day - continues to influence habits even in predominantly Protestant, semi-secular and secular societies"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Fish Street Market and Open Kitchen near Yonge and Eglinton, north a few blocks of Eg. Excellent!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Recently opened, popped in at 6:30 to try it out. They breaded/fried the Halibut fresh from their display. Batter was crunchy, non-greasy and moist. Fish was incredibly fresh, moist and flavourful. Nicer than Olde Yorke (my other favourite). Can't wait to try their fried smelts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wish I took a pic...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to Fish Street on the weekend. More a retail store than a true restaurant (they just have a couple of counters and about 6-7 stools), no matter, the fish and chips are excellent!. The owner had our order out quickly and he stayed an chatted with us, he was very nice. Tarter sauce and coleslaw is homemade, and at $10.99 the price was fair. Their fresh fish counter was impressive. Give them a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: barneyvernon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  great fish & chips at fish street -- freshly fried, light batter, and wonderfully fresh and flaky haddock for the fish. the chips are actually potato wedges that are fried to order, and the cole slaw light and refreshing. it was enough for 2 meals for about $12. a great find!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I took a pic. Fish was good, but I'm very particular about fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I prefer chunkier fries - London England trip spoiled me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Definitely want to try the lobster poboy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mstestzzz002

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Nice pic, now I'm hungry again, lol. Where was your fav fish shop/London place? (Going in 1 month)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I just looked up "Fish & Chips" on Yelp for London, England and went to a handful of places on the first page (most were in soho or reasonable walking distance from there). Started to overload on fish & chips near the end since I was there for only a week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Read the Yelp reviews and you'll get a good idea of what the places are like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I didn't have a clear favourite - maybe if I had more time to make more visits and compare.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. As an expat Brit Kingsway fish &chips (Bloor just west of Royal York Road) is about as close as I have found, generous portions light crispy batter & fresh cut fries! and friendly staff to boot! Tastes best eaten out of the box while strolling along the Kingsway shops on a warm spring afternoon!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pagan1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Really ? Must give it a try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mushy peas perhaps ?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No mushy peas or pickled eggs! Run by a young Dutch couple, Restaurant ambiance trends towards Seniors centre but the food is worth it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I am on the look out too for a good place!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: CookingQuidnunc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Have you read this thread? Most of the places discussed over the past few years are still there and the descriptions still apply.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CookingQuidnunc

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I recently tried a (perhaps new?) place called Sea Salt Fish & Chips. I'm not a fish and chips pro but I thought it was excellent and definitely worth the trip (my mom has already gone a second time). It's located in a dumpy looking plaza at Lawrence and Marlee but the restaurant inside is clean, cute and comfortable. I ordered the halibut and it was fresh, moist with light and crisp batter, served with a delicious homemade tartar. I also noticed they have irn-bru on offer, which I know is a rare find. I think the owner is Scottish - really nice guy, hospitable service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ItsRainingMian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I thought is was okay; and just that - OKAY. Nothing to write home about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ItsRainingMian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            @ItsRainingMian - how much were the fish and chips? Are the fries fresh cut?


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ItsRainingMian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I went for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Agree with everything ItsRainingMian posted. Don't let the plaza deter you. Its dumpy, but its not like its knee-deep in garbage or anything. The restaurant is very clean inside, and the owner obviously takes pride in his business. My husband had the Greek salad with his fish and it was the best Greek salad we've ever had. There must have been a full cup of huge chunks of feta. The fish and chips were excellent. Its worth the drive. (fyi, they are closed Sun & Mon).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ItsRainingMian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sea Salt's been on my dash & dine list since 2011 for it's proximity to Lawrence West station. Thought the transit riders might find that info handy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ItsRainingMian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Went to this place many moons ago, back when I lived in the area. Solid portions - and contents still looked and tasted fresh even after the 15 min walk home. Glad to hear they are still in business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. My personal fav is Golden Crisp Fish & Chips. It's a family (or use to be) run business. I would call in advance to see if the same owners still run it. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. We have a new one in Burlington: Boston fish & chips will check it out & let you guys know if its worth the drive! Despite the reviews I still have a soft spot for Penrose reminds me of those places I visited with my Grandmother in the East end of London!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. We just had the most delicious Boston blue fish sandwiches at Buster's Fish House on the Lakeshore in Long Branch. Saw others enjoying the fish and chips, which looked crispy and golden, and lots of grilled salmon was heading out the door as well. Lovely little gem in south Etobicoke! http://bit.ly/11nOWJZ

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rosieintoronto

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've lived around the corner from this place for three years now and somehow only just noticed it this past weekend! Good to know it's work checking out, thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. We went to Sea 2 Fork in Burlington the other night. Really good; much lighter than typical UK fish and chips. Surprisingly quiet on a Saturday night, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Tried Olde York a few weeks ago, I see it has had some good reviews. It is a popular place, and the evening we went, it was packed. But, I was disappointed by both the service and the food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        First off, as I mentioned earlier, it was a busy night, so it took a while for us to get our menus after we were seated. The waitress was serving about 5 tables and seemed rushed off her feet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I ordered the Cod and chips and my friend got the Halibut. Both dishes were mediocre and overdone. The fish had lost it's moistness and was a touch dry. The fries were a little too well done. They had run out of bread, and the waitress kept telling us that they were out of bread and somebody had gone out to buy some. Not very professional. The bread came towards the end of our meal. We were asked if we wanted tartare sauce, and she gave us one TINY container each. Really? Overall I was not impressed. I might go back on a night that is less busy. But, this visit was a miss.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ManAbout

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          One of the many things I like about High Street Fish & Chips is the consistency of the staff. it's the same servers working today as it was when I moved into the area some 2.5 years ago. Busy is what they do on a daily basis so they know how to handle it including being pleasant to the patrons and each other. And look! They have a website now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I haven't been to High Street for years, I didn't realize they were still open. The fish and chips were good, the only thing I recall is that I found the fish portion to be a tad small. But, I will give them another go. Their sticky toffee pudding is almost worth a trip in itself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I have long been an advocate of High Street. I still like them. I think they are the second best fish&chips place in Toronto. after many trials and comparisons, I now would bestow that coveted title on Fresco's in Kensington. Truly fabulous fresh fish with great tasting and textured batter, awesome fries. They are tops for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. The only thing good about High Street are their meat pies. Very tasty. As for fish and chips, there was no flavour! Looked good, but tasted as you said mediocre.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have also tried St. Andrews and Chippys and they both were disappointing. As for Duckworth's too pricey for what you get and it's okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have three places that I go to:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1) Malt and Salt on Lawson Ave. in east Scarborough - You can choose from halibut or haddock with fresh cut fries. Their batter is excellent IMHO. Take out only. Very good portions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2) The Black Dog Pub on Island Rd. in east Scarborough - They only serve halibut, but they use a nice beer batter. Their fries are fresh cut fries as well. If it wasn't for the batter at Malt and Salt and their choice of halibut or haddock, I may have put Black Dog at the top. Good pub atmosphere. Take out or dine in. Very good portions.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3) Highland Fish and Chips - This place is not as consistent as the first two. However they offer halibut, haddock and cod. Again fresh cut fries. Take out or dine in. Decor is ala 1970's basement. No debit. Good portions.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: scarberian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              So, how would you rate Duckworth's on Kingston Road? It's the only place in Scarborough that I've been to - I thought their fish and batter was good, and the fries were fine, washed down with tea.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: KitchenVoodoo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Well you answered your own question... fish and batter was good and fries fine (although I would say meh to their fries), the amount you get to the price you pay = okay. I would rank them 4th IMHO out of all the F&C places I've been to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: scarberian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I've not experienced a lack of flavour save the one time when I ordered the "secret" fish. What have you had?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You might have misread my post Googs. Their fish I liked, it was good. Their fries on the other hand were meh to me compared to the fries at Black Dog or Malt and Salt or even Highland. Maybe it was the thicker cut since I'm not a big fan of thick cut fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: scarberian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ah. It totally looks like you found both flavourless. Good to know.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's a style thing. I like High Street's fries, though if anybody else served them to me that soft I'd kick 'em in the pants. Of course, I use them as an excuse to order the (good!) gravy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      High Street rocks when it comes to meat pies. Can't eat just one. The only problem is many times I am able to get there they've sold out =(.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: scarberian

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm sooooo gonna regret saying this out loud, but since i don't have your e-mail address whaddamIgonnado? Call ahead and reserve your pie. Yup, they told me they would do that. Damn you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ooooo thanks for the tip! gotta make some calls !!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I liked Reliable Fish 'n Chips in Leslieville.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. There is a little place called Hamish fish and chips on pharmacy and st. Clair. It was probably owned by Scottish people back in 80's or 90's judging by untouched decor, now run by an Asian family. They get fresh halibut in and he himself fillets and portions it. Batter is almost like tempura it's so light and crispy. His kids are busy making buckets of home made coleslaw. It's the best I have had in city. I agree re chippys... So over rated

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What are their prices/portions like?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Chippeys is soo awful! Worst I ever had! Dry, rock hard, flavourless.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Can anyone confirm, is Fresco's still the top dog in town?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Or is there a new entrant that has slipped through my radar (my radar has been spotty of late)?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: mnajji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I will have to confirm that Fresco's was indeed good. Just tried it this past weekend. Haddock and chips, the fish comes in two portions with plenty of fries. Got it extra crispy for a $1 more. Came to almost $14 with tax etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The fish was fried just right. The outside was a golden colour and the fish itself was moist. Contrast this with my last experience at Old Yorke where the fish was overdone. OY seems to be a favourite here, but I would rate Fresco's above OY. Only downside is that there is not much of a seating area and you can't have a pint of beer with your F&C.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ManAbout

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            WOAH what does "extra" crispy mean?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: mnajji

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They crumble miss vickies chips into the batter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Better get there fast before they tear down the best Neighborhood in the City to build a freaking Wall Mart!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Glad to hear there's a new contender in the Beaches, For Years Nova fish & chips was the best!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My misspent youth in the Beaches: Nova (Fish & chips!) Happy Sailor (Pizza) and the Goof (Chinese).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Only the Goof survives.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Penrose is still my favorite for flavor, although the portions are TOO small I always have 2 orders.The sides are nothing great and the place is small but the fries are nice and creamy which I like.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Old Yorke is very good with satisfying portions, good service and a very nice greek salad.We have taken out their key lime pie which is excellent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              This past weekend we tried High Street and was not that impressed.The fries were nothing special and the fish had a muckiness in between the batter and fish.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I ordered the green salad and it was bagged mixed greens thrown on a plate for $6 with salad dressing in a plastic container on the side.. Not impressed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: wylie1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wylie1, can you please comment further about your description: "...the fries are nice and creamy...," about the fries at Penrose? First time I've heard that description of fries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Also, I still favour Old Yorke F&C over Penrose's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  By creamy I mean soft verses dry.They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside,a perfect fry for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do like Old Yorke as they have much more selection on their menu than Penrose.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I forgot to mention I ordered 2 steak and ale pies to go at High Street,had them the next day and the meat was dry and hardly any gravy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, thanks wylie1. Olde Yorke wins on all counts for me...taste, size of order. I'm a haddock man myself. The family deal of 4 fish, 3 chips and a cole slaw for $33.50, I think, is a pretty good deal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Really,that is a good deal. I like haddock I should try this sometime.Halibut is SO expensive.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      One summer we went to Picton for 2 weeks and this little 2 story place on the main road going into town had the best EVER fish and chips. We must have eaten there 4-5 times .

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: wylie1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I thought they didn't look that great when I was over there buying a Melton Mowbray pork pie (that was good!).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Helen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I recently had a steak & kidney pie at High Street and it was great! Moist with a nice crust. How did you warm it?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I've never ordered a salad and never would. The mushy peas are highly avoidable too. Their homemade coleslaw is the only green I'd get. The fries are really only good when you get the gravy. I alllways get the gravy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Muckiness? Never experienced it. Whaddaya mean? Like delivered to your table long after done sogginess?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The meat in the pie was dry and stringy with as I said ,hardly any gravy.I reheated it @ 350 for about 25 mins. with foil loosely on top so it would not over cook the crust.Neither my husband or I enjoyed it much.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The fish was nice and hot but maybe it should have been fried a little longer as the batter was not cooked through. It was not horrible just in comparison to Old Yorke it was not as tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wylie1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It could be a one off. You should have brought it to their attention.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            We were on a clip where we ate there weekly! (Give me a break I was pregnant at the time.) and found the food to be very consistent. The fish portions are large and the batter is crisp and shatters nicely. I like the fries - crisp on the outside, meaty on the inside and doused in loads of brown sauce. Pass on the fish cakes and halibut, not bad but the haddock is better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just like Googs, we don't eat the peas or salad there. Or cole slaw for that matter!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Apple

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I eat the coleslaw for my "healthy" content. I know I'm lying to myself and I don't care.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. If you don't mind a bit of a drive east, friends who moved here from Britain highly recommend Jasper Fish & Chips on Liverpool Rd in Pickering. He said their halibut fish is the best he's had. They are Asian-owned and surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly to those in the know?) he also mentioned that all the best F & C places back in Britain were run by Asians. I wouldn't have guessed that but he said they do the best batter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sumashi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    "Asians" in Britain are what are referred to as South Asians in Canada. Maybe they add their subcontinental touch to the batter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ManAbout

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oops, that was me poorly relaying what he said. He specifically said Chinese, but I re-worded in a more general term.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sumashi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Political correctness undoes the meaning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As you heard, they are referred to as "Chinese Fish 'n' Chips" in England. And, indeed, they do tend to be the de facto standard NOW (although historically it was very different).