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Best fish and chips from a chain rest?

steakrules85 May 25, 2007 10:45 AM

I am craving some good fish and chips and want to know which chain makes the best. Just checking out a few menus I see Bennigans, Pizzeria Uno, Champps, Cheesecake Factory, and Houlihan's (I think) has them. Any other chain that does them? Which is the best?

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    Breezychow Apr 9, 2011 01:46 PM

    The hands-down best in our immediate neck of the woods is found at the local location of a "Glory Days" grill/sports bar . Every Friday they have a "fish fry" special consisting of two more-than-decent-size hand-cut flaky fish filets (I believe it's Pacific Cod) in a grease-free batter crust so crisp & crunchy it almost shatters. I've never had fried fish this good! Accompaniments are okay fries & cole slaw. Additional pros: They offer traditional Malt vinegar, & the price is a mere $9.99! Only con: the coleslaw is shredded in VERY long strings - almost like spaghetti - which makes it a little difficult to eat.

    1. greygarious Apr 9, 2011 01:14 PM

      Since this 4yr old thread has been revived, I will note that I had a good fish sandwich at a Smokey Bones chain location in Nashua NH recently. It was a generous fillet of batter-fried grouper.
      They had F&C on the menu but I didn't dare order a totally fried meal.

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        Baroret Jun 10, 2007 09:45 PM

        You reference the ny/nj area so I don't think you have a Rock Bottom Brewery near you but if you get to a city that has one check out their Smoked Salmon Fish & Chips Ale-battered, alder-smoked salmon served over seasoned fries with Brewery slaw, malt vinegar and homemade remoulade sauce. So good

        1. Richard 16 Jun 9, 2007 12:44 AM

          Culver's, a WI based chain, does a credible job with the fish; the chips are no big deal. For a short time each year they do fried walleye, too.

          1. ipsedixit Jun 8, 2007 10:23 PM

            The F&C at Claim Jumper is pretty good, and it comes with a tasty Thai inspired cole slaw.

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              steakrules85 Jun 8, 2007 10:38 PM

              I so wish that their was a Claim jumper in ny/nj they are not here though they look awesomeeee

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                ipsedixit Jun 9, 2007 02:16 PM

                The thing to get at Claim Jumper is the Widow Maker burger.

                Just looking at it makes my arteries shiver in fear.

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                Oh Robin Jun 11, 2007 08:38 AM

                Maybe I had it on a bad day. Looked very appetizing when I ordered it, but the batter seemed too spicy and thick. Outside nice and crunchy, but then there was this soggy almost uncooked layer inside. I think Red Robin is better.

              3. DiveFan Jun 8, 2007 04:23 PM

                IIRC the H. Salt Fish & Chips chain in California does a decent job. The last location I visited was Gardena - take out only from a unexpected bullet proof glass booth!

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                  Honeychan Jun 10, 2007 10:21 PM

                  I really like H.Salt F&C as well, when I visit family in LA. Fresh and tasty, maybe I like it quite well since I don't get it but a few times a year.

                  Ahhh, Arthur Treachers is here in Vegas, at The Venetian's food court, with Nathan's hot dogs. It's okay, fish seems to be hand-battered to order (nice!) and not from a frozen box, like Long John Silvers. My only beef is their frying oil is a bit too dirty, they cook fish, corn-dogs and beer-battered onion rings all in the same stuff. LOVE their onion rings!

                  Mom and Pop fish shops usually do a much better job than the chains on F&C's, IMHO.

                2. jcmods May 31, 2007 12:20 PM

                  I used to like Arthur Treachers. I thought they had gone out of business but then I googled:


                  Not the same as the ones you get in England, but I seem to recall they had the vinegar (but then the last time I had it was in NY around Times Square or somewhere around there)

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                    sarge Jun 8, 2007 07:05 AM

                    It might be a bit out of the way, but the best fish and chips we had in all of England was at the Food Court in Gatwick Airport. I think it was Garfunkel's

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                      libgirl2 Jun 13, 2007 04:21 PM

                      I used to love them! I wish Arthur Treacher's would come back to my area...

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                        bobbymacbean Apr 6, 2011 06:55 PM

                        Devoured Digested Defunct !

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                          Fibber McGee Apr 7, 2011 04:23 AM

                          Alive in Ohio.

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                            bobbymacbean Apr 7, 2011 04:31 PM

                            I stand corrected. The other link was dead and it appeared that Treachers had been bought out and shut down. Apparently Nathan's is operating these store's now either as stand alone or as Nathan's/Treacher's in the same store just as KFC/A&W or KFC/Taco Bell. Seems odd to me though that there is no store locator function on the Nathan's website. That's very poor merchandising if you ask me.

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                              bobbymacbean Apr 7, 2011 04:36 PM

                              P.S. - Give my regards to Molly. (;>

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                                Fibber McGee Apr 8, 2011 04:19 AM

                                Some of those hybrids also include Kenny Rogers Roasters.

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                                  jcmods Apr 9, 2011 12:54 PM

                                  That link worked three years ago. However, I noticed that the Nathan's on Central Avenue in Yonkers is where the Arthur Treachers is located. So that is true. Not sure if it is only in NY though. Like I said, the only time I ever had Arthur Treachers was in the 1970's when they had one somewhere around 52nd and Broadway (or somewhere around there).

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                                    Fibber McGee Apr 11, 2011 04:21 AM

                                    I know of one in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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                            jessicheese May 31, 2007 05:50 AM

                            Damon's Rib House makes a fantastic version- tempura battered, not too greasy, decent fries, good slaw. Yum!

                            Disclaimer- I've only ordered it once, so it could have just been a good day.

                            1. sarahvagaca May 29, 2007 09:58 PM

                              I'm afraid I don't have a recommendation for the best--I usually go to an English-style pub when I'm craving fish and chips. But I did want to recommend against the Cheesecake Factory's version. I know many people (especially here on CH) despise their food in general, but I'm not one of those people. I don't eat there very often, but they have a few dishes that I really like. Anyway, I tried their fish and chips thinking that a place like that would probably do fried food well and I was really disappointed. The batter was neither of the crispy-edged fluffy beer-battered nor crispy, breaded variety--it was really bland with an unsatisfying crust. And their fries aren't any good either. So, I'd cross them off your list for fish and chips!

                              1. Vexorg May 29, 2007 04:53 PM

                                Although they're both regional to the Pacific Northwest, I'd have to go with either Skippers or Ivar's for that one (although if I'm going for Ivar's I'll usually end up getting the clams instead.)

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                                  healthyscratch May 25, 2007 01:20 PM

                                  Red Robin has the best "fish" (but not necessarily "chips") of any chain that I've been to, and IMO it's not even close.

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                                    Oh Robin May 25, 2007 01:54 PM

                                    Agree with Red Robin. Fish sandwich also great. Should I be ashamed that I love the fish & chips (with curly fries) and lemony tartar sauce from Jack in the Box?

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                                      katkoupai May 25, 2007 05:03 PM

                                      There's no shame liking Jack... :)

                                      I actually like their chicken strips combo and their tacos.

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                                        kinipela May 29, 2007 03:30 PM

                                        great for a late night fish and chips craving too!!!! =)

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                                          katkoupai May 29, 2007 03:59 PM

                                          I've never tried Jack's fish and chips, but maybe I will...

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                                        othervoice May 28, 2007 07:02 PM

                                        Jack's ROCKS, I miss him sooooooooooooooo !!!!!!!!

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                                        rasputina Apr 7, 2011 04:32 PM

                                        Red Robin has awesome fries, but The Londoner has better fish and chips

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