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Fish 'n Chips in Baltimore ?

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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  1. 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.

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

      also james joyce... really good!

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

        1. 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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          1. re: rawdog

            +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.

            1. re: pleiades

              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...

              1. re: Raokay

                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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.

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

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

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                    1. 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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                      1. re: tennisgal1206

                        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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: crosby_p

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


                        2. 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. 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. 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!

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

                                  1. 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".