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Best Fish and Chips: Seattle

tstrum Apr 9, 2007 06:36 PM

I am looking for a restaurant, not a stand, that serves the best fish and chips in Seattle. I prefer crispy, non-greasy, fresh fish.

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    fooddawg Apr 9, 2007 08:58 PM

    Hmm. Non-greasy fish & chips in a restaurant setting. Not an easy call. Perhaps the halibut fish & chips at the Northlake Ivar's Salmon House? Or go for their sauteed cod cakes?


    Or, try the tempura fish & chips bento box at Six-Seven (in the Edgewater Hotel).

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    1. re: fooddawg
      Lauren Apr 10, 2007 09:06 AM

      I like the fish at Steelhead Diner (not so much the chips). The fish and chips at The Elysian are awesome.

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        Bethwick Apr 10, 2007 10:40 AM

        I thought the fish and chips at the Steelhead were horrible. The batter was too thick and the fish had a funny taste.

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          rockdoggydog Apr 10, 2007 06:55 PM

          I second the Elysian at any of their three locations, I also like the Owl N Thistle a lot. Paddy Coynes does a pretty good job as well.

        2. re: fooddawg
          mrnelso Jun 20, 2007 05:02 PM

          Halibut & Chips at Sunfish

        3. realdeal Apr 9, 2007 09:04 PM

          Only place i would send you to with conviction would be "Wild Ginger"...yes it's asian, but thier fish tempura is really tasty...well, all thier tempura is tasty. A benefit for going here too is you get to taste their 15 options for satays, with crazy good dipping sauces. It's always busy, with great ambience, and they do a good job. He's been the top game in town for 15 years, moved once, and still knocks it out each time i visit. Tough to find some english blokes or irish boys with any authenticity in Seattle, take advantage of the asian heritage, and trade off for some awesome tempura...

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            PAO Apr 10, 2007 08:45 AM

            I like the fish 'n' chips at Anthony's take out bar on the waterfront.

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              Roo Apr 10, 2007 08:58 AM

              Chinook's at Fishermens' Terminal.

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                bergeo Apr 10, 2007 09:49 AM

                The Pacific Inn Pub on Stoneway has a solid rendition; they use a crumb coating rather than a batter, but it's very good. Spuds by Greenlake is also a classic or try the George and Dragon, an English pub in Fremont.

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                  southendeater Apr 14, 2007 07:18 PM

                  It may also be worth noting that Pacific Inn Pub has a great jukebox.

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                    jaydeflix Jun 20, 2007 08:40 PM

                    I'll second the Pacific Inn Pub.

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                      ceester Jun 21, 2007 10:35 AM

                      Third on Pacific Inn Pub, I want to say the breading is more like panko crumbs. I am also a big fan of Totem House by the Locks (their chowder is great).

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                        equinoise Jun 29, 2007 03:10 PM

                        Fourth. Pac. Inn was seriously good last night. They could have told me I was eating halibut and not cod; the fish was so robust and fresh. The portion of fries is maybe too much, but like the fish they are cooked to perfection. I walked by Ivar's on the pier today and saw the measly nuggets they were dishin to the tourists, which reinforced the Inn's gem status. I also agree with southendeater's true comment-the jukebox is one of the most thoughtful I've seen.

                    2. bbqer Apr 10, 2007 11:07 AM

                      Daly's Drive-In, 2713 Eastlake Ave E, is a sit-down restaurant, not fancy, but serving fresh breaded halibut and handcut fries -- fish and chips that is among the best in Seattle. Or try your fresh halibut in a sandwich with lettuce and tomato. Good stuff!

                      1. dave_c Apr 10, 2007 11:17 AM

                        I like Chinook's and Zesto's in Ballard.

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                        1. re: dave_c
                          Lauren Apr 10, 2007 12:37 PM

                          Zesto's is my favorite, but I was afraid that constituted a stand, which the OP didn't want......

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                          savorlicious Apr 10, 2007 05:02 PM

                          Old Town Tavern in Ballard has good Fish and Chips.

                          1. spabettie Apr 10, 2007 05:52 PM

                            this is MY favorite place when I am in Seattle; the pieces of fish are cornmeal-"breaded", and not greasy at all... Yum, now I have a Big Craving...

                            Spud Fish & Chips

                            Alki Beach, West Seattle

                            2666 Alki Ave SW
                            Seattle, WA 98116
                            (206) 938-0606

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                            1. re: spabettie
                              landguy Apr 10, 2007 10:28 PM

                              You should also check out Alki Crab & Fish Co. down the road from Spud's over by Salty's restaurant. It's located right off the West Seattle water taxi dock. It's a great place to go in the summer, right on the water and excellent views of downtown Seattle and their fish and chips are damn good. I agree the cornmeal breading is pretty unique though at Spud's.

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                                rumgum Apr 14, 2007 08:59 AM

                                Love them both!

                              2. re: spabettie
                                fastfred Jun 21, 2007 10:10 AM

                                We were at Spud this week. Had fish, oysters, and clams. The fish was the best of the three. I think fried clam strips are a waste of calories, but I do like the "belly clams" you get back east. Ivar's has the edge on fried oysters, hands down. Spud's fries are always good. Their chowder, while not quite up to Ivar's standard, is excellent. Spud at Alki is our "go to" place, whether by ourselves or as a place to take visiting friends and relatives.
                                And on a great weather day, Alki is hard to beat for it's ambiance and people watching.

                                1. re: fastfred
                                  lisaf Jun 23, 2007 05:17 PM

                                  Spuds at Alki is actually Ivars operated. Only the Greenlake location is still Spuds. I like their fish better. But I don't think it really qualifies as a restaurant like the OP requested.

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                                lisaf Apr 11, 2007 09:07 PM

                                I really like the fish n chips at Nickerson Saloon next to the Fremont bridge. Crispy with fresh cod. They make a good burger too.

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                                  bighound Apr 13, 2007 05:12 PM

                                  totem fish and chips across the street from the locks. good chowder also.

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                                    MrsNelso Apr 13, 2007 10:48 PM

                                    Halibut & chips at Sunfish - Alki
                                    Pacific Inn's breading is nicely spicy, too, and only occasionally greasy.

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                                    1. re: MrsNelso
                                      peter johnson Apr 14, 2007 07:50 PM

                                      Daly's on Eastlake is always good for a last minute fix for fish and chips. Definitely base but good and usually fresh.

                                    2. Kitchen Queen Apr 14, 2007 07:55 PM

                                      Don't live in the area however, while visiting last year family and I went to Lowells on the pier. I thought it was great. Is there someplace better??? We'll be in SEA again over Memorial weekend and would LOVE to have the best of Seattle. ... Thanks in advance
                                      KQ :)

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                                        equinoise Jun 22, 2007 04:26 PM

                                        The restaurant at Nordstrom in Bellevue makes very good halibut and chips. While the location and ambiance leaves something to be desired (unless you desire eating in the men's suits department of a high-end shopping mall), the generous portion of fish is perfectly fried and served with all the right condiments.

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                                          mrnelso Jun 23, 2007 08:41 PM

                                          I was, and still am, a little leery of the Pike Place Bar & Grill. It seemed too much like a haven for people who were uncomfortable in the more informal market, proper. Still, the sign said "halibut & chips," which appealed. They were good, too, and nicely presented. Good fish, good slaw, great location. Staff seemed a little distant and not particularly interested in what their ten-billionth anonymus tourist customer had in mind, but I did enjoy my halibut lunch. They did a good job on the batter. It was a rich toasty golden-brown not at all greasy.

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                                            ronans Jun 24, 2007 05:55 PM

                                            Some recommendations :

                                            Emmett Watsons in Pike Place Market
                                            Chinooks at Fishermans terminal
                                            Rays Boathouse
                                            Owl and Thistle near Pioneer Square.
                                            Fado near Pioneer Square
                                            Spud on Alki

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                                            1. re: ronans
                                              RandyB Jul 9, 2007 10:57 PM

                                              Fado Irish pub on First Ave corner of Columbia. Made to order and very tasty chips.

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                                              yrocory Mar 30, 2008 12:18 PM

                                              I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Five Spot yet. That is my favorite for fish and chips so far in Seattle. The fish is cornmeal breaded, not greasy at all. And the chips are great. Also, the coleslaw that comes with is also delicious. I haven't had fish and chips at most of these other places though, so I look forward to trying them out. I will say though, that I would never recommend the George and Dragon for food, except maybe their bangers and mash. Their fries are terrible.

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                                              1. re: yrocory
                                                mrnelso Mar 26, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                I had a good beer-battered halibut at the Pike Place Bar and Grill, (the big sit-down place on First avenue, not the little stand on Pike Place) that was quite good and not greasy.

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                                                seattleliz Apr 5, 2009 06:22 PM

                                                I like the F and C at Coopers Inn on Lake City Way. It's beer battered, and the most reminiscent of the good versions I've had in England. Some Seattle restaurants do a breaded version, which just seems wrong to me.

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                                                1. re: seattleliz
                                                  RandyB Apr 20, 2009 09:22 PM

                                                  But how are the chips at Coopers?

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                                                    RandyB Apr 25, 2009 06:17 PM

                                                    I've got the answer to my own question. The chips are very good, albeit cut evenly with a blade, not hand cut. Skin on and small enough for a good crispy exterior to stand out. Next time I'd ask for less salt on them but otherwise I was happy with them.

                                                    The fish fillets were really good. A batter that was thin, very crispy, and stuck to the thick fillets the way it should. The portion was very generous, too. Three large fillets with plenty of chips for $9.50. It was enough for a lunch serving for two.

                                                    My only criticism was the vinegar - not really malty.

                                                2. frygirl Apr 22, 2009 09:39 AM

                                                  I like Brouwer's version in Fremont. The fish is perfectly cooked and the chips...oh the chips. Hand cut fries. They're so divine! Obviously from my handle you can see why I like their chips.

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                                                  1. re: frygirl
                                                    mr.nelso Apr 22, 2009 06:07 PM

                                                    Frygirl, what breading does Brouers use?

                                                  2. eight_inch_pestle Apr 24, 2009 01:07 AM

                                                    Can't say it's the *best* since I haven't tried many places here, but for what's it worth I really enjoy Chinook's fish and chips as well. All-you-can-eat on Monday nights for (I think) $14.95. It reminds me of a good Great Lakes style fish fry---except it's not on a Friday night and there's no wood panelling in sight. The chips are good enough, I suppose, although I generally avoid the filler (other than Mac & Jack's), especially as I've never really cared for any of their sides. I think the fries have a light cajun seasoning.

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