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Mar 8, 2008 01:27 PM

Fish & Chips in San Diego

My sister is dying for some batter dipped fish and malt vinegared chips. Any suggestions in San Diego? Thanks in advance.

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  1. The Field in the Gaslamp is not bad.

    1. Shakespeare Pub & Grill off of India had probably the best ones I've found in San Diego. Good place to watch a soccer match too.

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        1. re: DBrooks

          Shakespeare's probably has a nicer atmosphere, but The Princess of Wales down in Little Italy might also be a possibility. I haven't eaten there in ages, but it's very popular.

        2. re: DougOLis

          The Fishery in Pacific Beach on Cass St. does a good job. Very fresh product but zero pub vibe, it is a seafood market/restaurant. I agree on Shakespeare for Brit Pub Atmosphere.

          1. re: Captain Jack

            The Fishery is great--all around but I think they are still closed for their remodeling/expansion. I could be wrong but they were hoping to re-open in March but that was the earliest possible date.

            1. re: jturtle

              You are right jt, I walked by last week and they looked nowhere near re-opening. It slipped my mind.

        3. Call me crazy...but I like the fish and chips at the Beef and Bun on Fletcher Parkway in San Carlos. Maybe Dining Diva can vouch for that...or tell me I'm nuts!

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          1. re: DBrooks

            Oh, the fish is good, but those crinkle cuts won't ever taste like malt vinegared chips...

          2. Jaynes Gastropub has an excellent fish and chips, however the chips are not vinegared.

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            1. re: eatemup

              You are supposed to add the vinegar yourself to taste, otherwise they'll be soggy!

              1. re: eatemup

                Can those fish and chips REALLY be worth $17.50?

                I really want to try Jaynes but those prices just turn me off.

                1. re: Ewilensky

                  Don't blame you, but they are mighty good.

                  1. re: Ewilensky

                    Jaynes uses sea bass, a great fish but, not for F&C's. Shakespeare uses cod (thick fillet and flakey), the fish for F&C's and their chips are 'chip size', pretty authentic it's a huge portion and half the price of Jaynes.

                    1. re: cstr

                      Does that mean you tried them and didn't like the use of sea bass, or you are opposed to the use of sea bass in any iteration of the dish?

                      1. re: eatemup

                        Sea Bass is a great fish, but it is not a Fish and chips typ e of fish, Cod on theother hand is thicker and has more oil and can stand up to the heat of oil and still retain its moisture, texture and flavor.

                        1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                          Yeah, I get that. I know cod is the fish of choice. My question to cstr was whether he/she (or you) tried this different approach and what he/she (or you) thought of it. I had great fish & chips in Kauai that was made with mahi. Another different approach but still tasted great.

                          1. re: eatemup

                            Interestingly enough, Rock Bottom makes a decent fish and chips with smoked salmon. We had it one year when Street Scene was still in the Gaslamp. While I prefer a more traditional fish & chips (Dad was a Brit), it was pretty good.

                            1. re: phee

                              I had these many years ago, when there was only the one Rock Bottom in Portland, OR. They were really good. I haven't had them since the place became chainified, though. Good to know they're still tasty.

                            2. re: eatemup

                              I did have their fish and chips, and the cod did not hold up, it got dry and curled up. Sea Bass sounds "fancier," but it is not a good choice.

                              1. re: eatemup

                                I did try it there, and I found the sea bass to be dry and shrivled up. AT $20, I found it overpriced and not very good.

                    2. New (about 3 months now) place in Tierrasanta - The Fish Bucket- 6030 Santo Road 92124 (in the mall right off of the 52). Excellent fried fish. Chips are OK and might take to malt vinegar...and for $1 more they have sweet potato chips.

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                      1. re: Cathy

                        How about the Tin Fish downtown? I haven't tried it, but I would imagine they do fish and chips.

                        1. re: Alice Q

                          Yes they do.

                          Owners are now same ones as Boston and Maine in Horton Plaza. Nicely fried/not as heavy a beer batter.

                          Personally, I like the fish and chips at Point Loma Seafoods. Always fresh fish...

                          1. re: Cathy

                            Boston and Maine isn't there anymore is it? I used to like that place. I always get the crab sandwich at PL Seafood - but I haven't been there in a while.

                            1. re: Alice Q

                              They were in the process of changing the menu around Christmas and the seafood was not at all as good-yet they kept mentioning Tin FIsh... I admit I have only run into the mall to validate my parking and run back out again so far this year...

                              PLSeafood is always good. I try to stop in every time I am in the neighborhood. I read the whole menu and then buy the fish and chips...

                            2. re: Cathy

                              Second on Point Loma Seafoods..