[pdx] Fish and Chips
Heading up to Portland for a day trip.
I'd like to get some fish and chips, but I've got a few criteria that are seemingly impossible to meet in Eugene at least, hopefully Portland will do better.
I'm looking for actual hunks of Cod, fish sticks or patties need not apply. If it's rounded or shaped, I'm not interested. I'd like the hunks to be sizable, one 5 inch fish isn't going to cut it.
Chips need to be "chips", not fries. No waffle-cuts, rounds or shoestrings, they need to be able to stand up to some vinegar and salt.
The batter needs to be crispy, not breaded.
Bonus points for meals served in paper with wooden forks and local joints. I don't mind chains if they are worth it. "Beer-battered" or not is fine, so long as it's good. Pickled onions optional.
Going to be up by the expo center, so close to that is preferable, however, I'll travel anywhere in Portland and along the I-5 corridor to Eugene.
Please help me out, Chowhounds.
Haven't yet been myself (though I have been meaning to), but check out County Cork on NE Fremont.
Also, the Horsebrass Pub on SE Belmont
Also, there's Kell's Irish Pub
Also, there's Thirsty Lion
Again, I've not been to any of these, so Your Mileage May Vary, but this will help get you off the runway.
I have in point of fact been to the following:
Horse Brass: good but the place is extremely smoky and your clothes & hair will stink to high heaven after a 30 minute stay, if that matters.
Hawthorne Fish House and Corbett Fish House are excellent Wisconsin-style.
Halibuts on NE Alberta also is excellent, and is closest to Expo Ctr.
Those are pretty much it for PDX.
Shawn O'Donnells in Everett. North on I-5 to the 128th Street exit, then take a right off of the exit. It will be on your immediate right about half a block down.
I am not sure if the fries are what you want, but they cut their own fish (cod) and have a very crisp light breading on them. They have a fish and salad choice which is what I usually order anyway. http://www.shawnodonnells.com/Menu.html#
Wow, forgot about this.
Ended up at Halibut's.
It was adequate.
While not mass-produced, the cod fish was definitely of the "3 small pieces" variety. It was decently flaky, though.
The batter was decent, not too thick, but not very crispy.
The chips were actually fries, though they had good potato flavour. They were somewhat luke-warm, however.
Tartar sauce? Well, I don't eat it so you'll have to make your own mind up about that.
All in all, a very average lot of fish and chips. It was incredibly spendy, over $10 for a few fish pieces and fries.
Unless you happen to be in the area, I wouldn't go out of my way for it.