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beer-batter fish 'n chips in dallas ?

pnamajck Jan 25, 2008 04:42 PM

sure would be nice finding bar or cafe that serves it . . . surely can't afford to fly out to fremantle, australia . . . just to visit lombardo's.

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    stephtx RE: pnamajck Jan 25, 2008 07:02 PM

    I don't know if they are beer-battered..however..The Old Monk has nice Fish N' Chips.

    1. jinet12 RE: pnamajck Jan 26, 2008 07:28 AM

      Have not had them, but judging by the rest of their food, would be willing to bet that the ones at The Porch are good...or at least they look good...

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        yumyum palace RE: jinet12 Jan 26, 2008 07:42 AM

        The Idle Rich is good, which I think is owned by the same people who own The Old Monk

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          pinotho RE: jinet12 Jan 29, 2008 11:32 AM

          had them once at lunch and they were good.....

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          ibobi RE: pnamajck Jan 27, 2008 05:11 AM

          Two places come to mind. Sea Breeze in Plano (Preston at Spring Creek). My favorite right now is Fillmore Pub in old downtown Plano. It is near 75 Central and 15th St. Like the others.....don't know for sure if it is beer battered, but both are darn good.

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            luniz RE: ibobi Jan 28, 2008 08:36 AM

            I'd second Fillmore in Plano if you're in the area, although it's probably the same as the Old Monk in Dallas. I ate the fish and chips this weekend at Fillmore, which was surprisingly good. A thin batter but tasty and very crisp, very nice Atlantic cod and pretty well cooked fries served with vinegar without having to ask, and Guiness on tap. I asked the waitress if they every had cask conditioned beers and she didn't really seem to know, but I told her it "would be cool if you did".

            I don't think it's a beer batter btw if that matters.

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              yumyum palace RE: luniz Feb 2, 2008 07:21 AM

              I went to the Fillmore last night. The fish and chips were good, but the menu is limited. I'm sticking w/ my original suggestion of the Idle Rich. It is a good pub with good food.

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              soulslinger RE: ibobi Jan 28, 2008 01:48 PM

              I second the Sea Breeze rec. It looks to me that Plano is the place for beer battered fish with two restaurants getting recommendations!

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                soulslinger RE: soulslinger Feb 1, 2008 01:43 PM

                I forgot to put in that I went to the Sea Shell of Lisson Grove (Lisson Grove @ Shrotten St - Marylebone Tube Stop) while I was in London, supposedly one of the best places for fish n chips in London. They were quite tasty there but not as light and crisp as Sea Breeze.


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              Bakersfield Hound RE: pnamajck Jan 27, 2008 12:24 PM

              Try Fish Ciy Grill, http://www.fishcitygrill.com, thier fish and chips are battered with Flat Tire Beer. The chips are so-so, but the fish is good and not greasy. Plus you have got to ry their Oyster Nachos, really good.

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                Maynerd RE: Bakersfield Hound Jan 28, 2008 01:51 PM

                Just saw from their web site that they are open on Henderson now. I'll have to check them out soon. http://www.fishcitygrill.com

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                  yumyum palace RE: Maynerd Feb 2, 2008 07:18 AM

                  Don't go to Fish City for fish and chips. I like Fish City for the fish tacos, fish sandwiches and a delicious special they have called tuna nachos (killer!), but their fish and chips are poor. The batter is too thick. My husband was raised partially in London and we have both been to Australia, so I have to say they will disappoint.

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                    irodguy RE: yumyum palace Feb 2, 2008 08:34 PM

                    I would agree with you on Fish city. I personally like the fish tacos at flying fish in Firewheel better however. Neither is the place to go for Fish and Chips. Seabreeze can be really good, however they seem to have some kind of weird love of cilantro all over things, which is irritating at times. I simply have not found what I would call killer fish and chips since I was a kid in Irving. The fellow that had the fish and chip shop ended up moving back to the UK.

                    If I want decent fish and chips now, I generally look for decent cod or haddock and make my own.

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                      yumyum palace RE: irodguy Feb 2, 2008 09:13 PM

                      Have you tried the Idel Rich? I really think they do a good job?

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                        DFWGuy RE: irodguy Feb 3, 2008 05:32 AM

                        Irodguy, this is somewhat random, but where was fish and chips shop in Irving you wrote about above? I too am from Irving and am curious.

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                          irodguy RE: DFWGuy Feb 3, 2008 09:26 AM

                          There used to be a fish and chips shop on Rachel & Beltline. This NE side. It was right on the end of the center kind of behind the pizza (hut?) Of course it depends on your age if you remember the place.

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                            soulslinger RE: irodguy Feb 4, 2008 07:14 AM


                            I vaugely remember the place that was on the SE side....same side at Ruen Thai and Pizza Hut on Rochelle and Beltline. Across the street is/was Rudy's Mexican. There is a buffet chinese place that now has taken the place of the fish and chips shop or was it the next suite down? Anyway that shopping center has had some good places. The Marble Slab in that shopping center used to be run by an elderly Korean couple that did an awesome job and I believe had the best Marble Slab at the time (I compared about 3 to the Irving one). They have since retired but have run into several people in Irvign who claimed the same thing.

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                              DFWGuy RE: irodguy Feb 4, 2008 07:46 AM

                              Ahhh, yes. I do remember that place. Not too far from one of the houses I lived in growing up. Thanks for taking the time to reply.

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                                irodguy RE: DFWGuy Feb 4, 2008 11:34 AM

                                I used to ride my bike from my house near Mac to have fish there when I was a kid. Of course I still ride long range.

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                      foiegras RE: Bakersfield Hound Jan 16, 2012 05:18 PM

                      The honey chipotle shrimp and coleslaw with vinegar-based dressing are my favorites @ Fish City ... the Henderson location serves the standard product (service not as friendly IMO as tollway & Frankford).

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                        pnamajck RE: foiegras Jan 16, 2012 07:43 PM

                        foiegras . . . any idea on prices . . . lunch vs dinner . . . portions ?

                        thanks, though . . . might check it out . . . right on way home.
                        Fish City Grill
                        2323 N. Henderson Suite# 109
                        Dallas, TX 75206

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                          foiegras RE: pnamajck Jan 17, 2012 08:33 PM

                          Very reasonable ... $. It's not a taco stand, but it's certainly not the kind of place you need to budget for. I used to work practically next door, and would go once or twice a week.

                    3. pnamajck RE: pnamajck Jan 27, 2008 12:28 PM

                      thanks for the the heads-up . . . plan on droppin' by "the old monk" after work tomorrow; since that area is directly enroute with my daily commute. as to those up in plano . . . will have to consider 'em another time. again . . . thanks for everyone's response . . . cheers.

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                        jmellow RE: pnamajck Jan 28, 2008 02:10 AM

                        HANDS DOWN THE BEST....BJ's Brewhouse google it..one plate can feed two big boys or three ladies...

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                          J.R. RE: pnamajck Jan 28, 2008 07:52 AM

                          The Porch has the best fish and chips I've had in Dallas, by far. The Old Monk's are also good, but not at the level of the Porch.

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                            Dominic RE: J.R. Jan 28, 2008 08:15 AM

                            I have several friends who are from London and they all like The Londoner Pub in Addison. I have been there several times to watch football but I have only ordered the breakfast. It is very good. If you scroll down on their link you can see their entire menu.


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                              nitlsu RE: Dominic Jan 28, 2008 02:31 PM

                              The fish and chips at Trinity Hall Irish Pub are awesome too...and the place feels much more like an authentic English/Irish pub. It's in the Mockingbird Station off 75.

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                                kkak97 RE: Dominic Feb 7, 2008 06:32 AM

                                I've had the fish n chips at the Londoner, and they were awful.

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                                  yumyum palace RE: kkak97 Feb 9, 2008 03:11 PM

                                  I just got back from The Londoner, and the fish and chips were very good. The chips could've been cooked a bit more, but the fish was firm and flaky and the batter was light and crispy. Didn't care much for the jalapeno poppers, and I'm not really sure why my companion ordered them when Blue Goose, across the street, would be a better choice if that was what he wanted. Stick to the dishes on the menu that are more English or Indian.

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                                  sike101 RE: Dominic Feb 7, 2008 10:28 AM

                                  I like the fish n' chips at the Londoner. Probably the closest I've had to the fish and chips in London, although not served on real newspaper (that can't be good for you) probably less greasy, that may or may not be a good thing. And the beer selection is good too. If I remember correctly they have beer on pump.

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                                kitkat08 RE: pnamajck Feb 1, 2008 01:32 PM

                                My husband’s family is from the UK and they love the Fish N' Chips at the Idle Rich. The Porch is great if your looking for over priced food served in a pretentious atmosphere.

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                                  J.R. RE: pnamajck Feb 2, 2008 12:56 PM

                                  Disagree on the Porch being overpriced and pretentious. It's not a pub, but I think the prices there are indeed reasonable for this town. Not too many places where you can get a pretty decent glass of wine for $7 around here. Fish and Chips are $11, but the quality is worth it IMO. I didn't find it terrible pretentious either. I'm more of an Old Monk kinda guy for fish and chips, but you should try the Porch.

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                                    Thefoodczar RE: J.R. Feb 10, 2008 08:34 AM

                                    Anyone try Lochrann's fish and chips yet?? It's that great new pub on Main in Frisco. The Irish Stew is great, but I haven't tried the fish and chips. Anyone???

                                  2. DallasDude RE: pnamajck Apr 13, 2010 03:34 PM

                                    Old Monk has fine Fish and Chips and they use the amazing Smithwicks Ale in the batter.

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                                      pnamajck RE: DallasDude Jan 6, 2011 05:55 PM

                                      been meaning to try the "old monk" there on knox / henderson . . . never got around to doing so . . . sorry, friends.

                                      in fact . . . regretfully, i was scouring the internet last week . . . came upon "meddlesome-moth" . . . the owner has several other successful enterprises.

                                      well . . . thought i would drop in "m-m" (oak-lawn / i-35) after work this afternoon.

                                      the ambiance is atypical . . . $60k bar made from pewter . . . three windows salvaged "ornately" from hard-rock-cafe (dallas) . . . and some of the most expensive beer-batter fish 'n chips i have ever come across . . . crikey ! ! !

                                      yes, the staff went outta' their way to make me feel comfortable . . . just that the food was so over-priced. yep, i got filled up . . . filled with fat 'n flour . . . very greasy, pancake-battered, large fish-fillets. and, make no mistake, it was grotesquely greasy ! ok, the fish did not taste "fishy" . . . once you scraped off half-pound of flour-batter.

                                      the price . . . a staggering $13.5 . . . included three / four fillets (haddock, i think) . . . and five / six very thick french fries (not kidding).

                                      absolutely avoid this place and all places owned by this "entrepreneur" . . . seems he'd rather be "chique" than offer tasty food.

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                                        air RE: pnamajck Jan 7, 2011 08:00 AM

                                        I've eaten the fish and chips at the Moth countless times and I've never seen an order that was "grotesquely greasy". Your whole experience sounds atypical and you should have spoken up and said something to the staff about your fish and chips. That would have given them the opportunity to make things right instead of airing out your complaints after the fact.

                                        for content: besides the Moth, I would say Holy Grail Pub, Old Monk, and the Angry Friar bus in Denton. The Angry Friar only does fish and chips, and you can just stumble over to one of the many nearby bars on Fry Street to have a pint with it if you'd like.

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                                          Scagnetti RE: pnamajck Jan 7, 2011 08:48 AM

                                          i didn't realize e.e. cummings ate fish and chips

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                                        RobbnTX RE: pnamajck Jan 7, 2011 12:59 PM

                                        Just for the record, The Fillmore batters their fish 'n chips with Guinness.

                                        I really like that place, maybe a bit more pedestrian than the Holy Grail which seems to have lots of fans on Chowhound but I prefer it.


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                                          RobbnTX RE: RobbnTX Aug 13, 2011 08:24 AM

                                          UPDATE AND CORRECTION: I was informed wrong, The Filmore makes their batter with Smithwicks. Sorry for the misinformation above.

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                                          Bolillo RE: pnamajck Jan 16, 2011 05:53 PM

                                          My wife had fish and chips at Neighborhood Services on Preston. I'm not sure how authentic they were, but they were really good.

                                          Neighborhood Services
                                          5027 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX

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                                            CocoaNut RE: pnamajck Jul 17, 2011 12:32 PM

                                            Way off the beaten path....

                                            McSwiggan's in the Austin Ranch part of the Colony. Exceptionally small neighborhood pub - excellent fish (meaty haddock) and chips (thick cut) -

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                                              Bolillo RE: CocoaNut Jul 17, 2011 03:06 PM

                                              I'd forgotten about this thread. It's so old. Went to Dive Dallas coastal quisine a couple of weeks ago. Monday night special is Fish and Chips. Not bad at all.

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                                              compcards RE: pnamajck Jul 26, 2011 04:01 PM

                                              I'm going to catch hell for this but...Red Robin (yes, the burger franchise) has GREAT Fish and Chips, its a big portion and you get unlimited steak fries.

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                                                irodguy RE: compcards Jul 26, 2011 08:28 PM

                                                Don't know about the fish, but I am not fond of their fries. I found them underdone most of the times I have been uh dragged there.

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                                                jmorri26 RE: pnamajck Aug 15, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                My hubby and I have tried tons around here and my 2 cents-

                                                Old Monk (like others said, Idle Rich is the same folks so I'd assume the same) was prob the best from a local place but you can't pay me to fight for a table/ parking at that tiny place. I prefer their burger but too much hassle for ok food and beer.

                                                Londoner in Addison was very underwhelming. Thats all. It was ok. Not good, not bad.

                                                Trinity Hall is one of my favorite places in town but I don't like thier fish and chips. Everything else I've had there is great but they use a cornmeal crust on their fish and it kind of ruins it. Good tartar though.

                                                Haven't tried the Porch, and interested to do so now. From all the places we've been though, I know its a sort-of chain (owned by the same people who do buffalo wild wings I think) but Sherlock's pub (in Addison. The one off 75 wasn't nearly as good) has fantastic fish and chips. The chips are ok, but the fish is huge and well battered. Plus its a great big dark bar to sit and drink and eat for a while.

                                                Trinity Hall
                                                5321 E Mockingbird Ln Ste 250, Dallas, TX 75206

                                                1. pnamajck RE: pnamajck Jan 15, 2012 05:54 PM

                                                  actually . . . was almost a slam-dunk . . . great taste . . . uses samuel-adams ale . . . and price is spot-on also (lunch $6.69) . . . get two pieces of fish 'n fries 'n cole-slaw. if choosing dinner portion . . . something like $11.00 . . . get three pieces of fish.

                                                  will be going to joe's once every two weeks . . . appreciate all past respondents here . . . thumbs up.

                                                  Joe's Crab Shack
                                                  10250 Technology Blvd E, Dallas, TX 75220

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                                                    masnole RE: pnamajck Jan 17, 2012 08:12 PM

                                                    He he he.......they do have some good Fish n Chips in Fremantle don't they......had some ths summer!

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                                                      pnamajck RE: masnole Jan 17, 2012 08:22 PM

                                                      yep . . . must be the whiting they catch . . . truly unforgettable . . . less than two blocks from the rail-transit.

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                                                        masnole RE: pnamajck Jan 17, 2012 08:46 PM

                                                        My younger daugher acquired quite a love for Fish and Chips in Australia, and for Meat Pies!

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                                                          pnamajck RE: masnole Jan 18, 2012 05:04 PM

                                                          agreed . . . meat-pies are quite a commodity there in the land down under . . .

                                                          different types of fish ' n chips . . . same as most countries . . . usa has varieties from here to kingdom-come.

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