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Fish 'n Chips in Baltimore ?

Raokay Feb 14, 2007 08:21 PM

A current thread about "downscale" seafood in DC brings to mind my search for great fish and chips in Baltimore. Along with your suggestions, could you include your thoughts on what it takes to be good (type of fish, batter, oil, potatoes, even presentation). There are a lot of great Bmore joints that serve this (and probably do a great job) but I don't have the time to test them all! TIA, Hounds...

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    JRCann May 28, 2009 12:10 PM

    The area is not the mecca of F&C for sure. I DO however like the F&C at Galway Bay in Annapolis and Killarney House on Rt 214 in EdgewaterI would guess that Brian Baru in Severna Park would rate about the same (they are all sister restaurants). Nicely done beer battered fish, big chunks of tattie's also nicely done. Oddly enough they also do some really great crab cakes too. In fact they put to shame of so-called "local" places. Beer selection is outstanding and so is the choice of single malts for those who understand a "gud wee dram".

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      lawhound May 28, 2009 11:12 AM

      Ryans Daughter in Belvedere Square? I am not much for F&C, but my family likes them there.

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        Dr_Gonzo May 28, 2009 08:03 AM

        An Poitin Stil (The Stil) http://www.thestil.com/ up in Timonium on York Road has great Fish & Chips too. Grab a seat in the Victorian Parlor room and enjoy the fire!

        An expected place that I found good F&C was the Boulevard Diner in Dundalk. The cod is cut in rectangular blocks but, once you get past that, they are quite good.

        1. BaltoPhilFood May 28, 2009 06:43 AM

          I tried Mama's FnC a few months back and although huge, was like eating fish wrapped in funnel cake; oddly chewy, sweet, thick, mushy at times...yuck.

          I would recommend the FnC at Captain Larry's, lightly breaded served with their tartar sauce and fresh fries. I like to just put malt vinegar on the plate and leave it at that.

          Mick O'Shea's too!

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            schmizz May 26, 2009 11:13 PM

            Best Fish n' Chips AROUND Baltimore http://www.kelseysrestaurant.com/ in Ellicott City!

            Best Fish n' Chips AROUND period? http://www.eamonnsdublinchipper.com/ in Alexandria, VA. It's definitely worth the drive from Baltimore.

            1. Tourettes Jan 5, 2008 08:42 AM

              Hands down the best fish and chips in bmore imo is at Dudas in Fells Point. Light, airy batter thats not too much, firm fish. Good portion size and not greasy whatsoever. Definitely great hangover food. Its not expensive either, like at other places around bmore.

              1. crosby_p Dec 31, 2007 02:50 AM

                I've had it twice at Ryan's Daughter and loved it both times...crispy fish and fries with a wonderful remoulade sauce.

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                  k8tbug Jan 4, 2008 05:36 AM

                  Best are at Slainte in Fells Point. Closest I've found to those in Dublin.


                2. tennisgal1206 Dec 30, 2007 05:44 PM

                  Life of Reilly in Butcher's Hill had delicious Fish & Chips when I was there last. I loved the service and atmosphere. Its in the old space formerly occupied by Simon's.

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                    aussiewonder Jan 4, 2008 06:24 AM

                    I second this. It's been a while but when i had the fish n chips @ LoReilly, i thoroughly enjoyed it....still, have yet to find anywhere that's comparable to home.

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                    Markajv Feb 18, 2007 04:49 AM

                    Try Maggie Moore's on Eutaw Street or the Owl Bar in the Belvedere.

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                      bmore_flavor Dec 30, 2007 05:26 PM

                      Mick O'Shea's fish n chips!

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                      BaltFoodie Feb 17, 2007 05:32 PM

                      Best Fish & Chips in Baltimore - Mick O'Shea's.
                      The only place in Baltimore I will get it

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                        flavrmeistr Feb 15, 2007 11:49 AM

                        Not being a fan of beer batter, I like Gunning's fried flounder sandwich w/steak fries and coleslaw. Great fried fish fix, lightly breaded yet crispy.

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                          pomme de terre Feb 15, 2007 08:10 AM

                          James Joyce. Mmmmm. And if you're based in DC, the Four Courts in Court House is owned by the same people and has a really similar menu, with equally good fish and chips. The bartenders at JJ can also do the cool "shamrock in the Guinness foam" trick.

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                            cbauer Feb 15, 2007 07:20 AM

                            James Joyce Pub

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                              rawdog Feb 15, 2007 06:15 AM

                              Mama's version is about the size of your arm, and really good. However, I'm a fish and chips weirdo, and the best I've had anytime recently was at Mick O'Shea's on Charles Street. They do the Guinness batter with steak fries that are great, not soggy like most steak fries end up being.

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                                pleiades Feb 16, 2007 07:24 PM

                                +1 on Mick O'Shea's. Get this smoking ban thing wrapped up and that would be my 1st choice. Hell, it's my first choice even with the smoke.

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                                  Raokay Feb 16, 2007 07:30 PM

                                  Went to Mick's today on Rawdog's suggestion and was very pleased (wish I could make it there on a Saturday when it is on special for $6!). Thanks.
                                  I'm working my way through all your suggestions, so please keep them coming...

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                                    venera Feb 17, 2007 06:12 AM

                                    John Stevens in Fells Point and The Owl Bar in Mt Vernon have fish and chips. I've never tried them, but been with people who ordered them and enjoyed them. Can't say much more than that, but thought I'd pass 'em along, since you asked.

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                                hon Feb 15, 2007 05:34 AM

                                I 2nd Mamas on the Half Shell, theirs is huge!!

                                1. MegMD Feb 15, 2007 05:18 AM

                                  mamas on the half shell... beer battered cod and good fries

                                  also james joyce... really good!

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                                    jfish Feb 15, 2007 01:25 AM

                                    I haven't been in a while but Cafe Hon has realy good fish and chips. A huge serving of cod with a thick, crisp, not greasy coating.

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