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I'm sure there have been a few threads on this in the past but for some reason I can't find any using the search function here.

I know about Old Yorke on Laird but was wondering if anybody had any other good suggestions for a solid fish and chips shop, they seem to be disappearing from this city :-(

I'm not looking for anything too fancy and I'm more concerned with the fish and batter than I am with the chips.

thanks.

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  1. Here are a few older threads to help you out:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/105074
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/357240

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    1. re: sylvrgirl

      thanks, but I was hoping for a little bit of an updated list, I went through one of those threads and noticed that penrose was given high marks but after googling them have found it's gone downhill.

      Hoping someone has a hidden gem

      1. re: Franchise

        Have you been to Penrose recently?
        Don't rely on Google.
        Trust your own taste buds!

    2. I've been to deep blue at bloor/broadview recently and I really liked it. I did have the gluten free version though and that alone get high marks because It's one of the few places that will do gluten free.

      I also had the cajun poutine there and thought it was FANTASTIC
      Don't think they're using the best curds they could but the cajun chicken is the real star on that plate. Nice amount of heat and very tasty breading.

      p.s. I'm not the gluten free one but the girlfriend is

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      1. re: CoffeeAddict416

        Yeah but did you look around? The last time we were there the place was FILTHY!! Everything from the vinegar bottles to napkin holders to the walls were covered in a thin smear of grease and grim. That was enough for me. Never again! ICK!!

        1. re: millygirl

          I've never noticed this and I'm quite particular. Will investigate further.

          1. re: millygirl

            Sure it's a little bit greasy but I didn't have a problem with the level of cleanliness in there. Food handling looked safe and i had my meal in a booth at the back. I've been to greasy spoons where i haven't wanted to touch anything or eat anything. This was nowhere near that level.

            1. re: CoffeeAddict416

              I've been there also for the same aforementioned reason (g.f. gf, haha). I thought it was ok, not very memorable though. Did not get a chance to try the regular batter though.

              It wasn't dirty at all imo. Sure it's a little greasy, but what do you expect when 90% of the menu goes into the deep fryer?

              High Street near DVP & Lawrence is supposedly real good, I haven't been.

              Btw, I always get haddock never halibut.

        2. The one I used to like was Woodgreen Fish and Chips on Queen East -- East of Broadview, but last time I drove by it was completely closed. Some on here have suggested Reliable fish and chips which is in the same neighbourhood, close to carlaw on Queen east

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          1. re: smr714

            Yeah, I really miss Woodgreen, been going there since high school in the 80's.

          2. I know it's not 'in the city', per se, but I used to frequent a place on Highway 7, near Kennedy called Mr. Fish & Chips. I've been to most if not all in the city that are rated "the best", but this was hands down THE BEST fish and chips I've ever tried. I have no idea though if they're still open or if it has the same owners. The fish was extremely fresh, batter was their special recipe, was always golden in colour so the oil was always fresh, very crispy batter and flaky juicy fish - and the chips were also to die for. I think I may have to drive up there. Anyone in the area know if they're still around?

            1. Reliable is good most of the time, excellent sometimes, and - unfortunately - unReliable occasionally.

              Allen's has great fish & decent chips, but it's double the price of a typical chippy.

              Woodgreen's owners retired.

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              1. re: embee

                Allen's: Double the price with half the portion.

                Deep Blue, around the corner from Allen's, is very good.

              2. I don't even know if they do fish and chips but how is that seafood fry shack at the south end of St Lawrence Market? I've been t o SLM i dunno how many times but i'm always there either too early in the day to have a sandwich there or too close to dinner time.

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                1. re: CoffeeAddict416

                  I think you are referring to Buster's Sea Cove at SLM. They have a great selection of seafood items...including clam strips. I usually stick to the Halibut on a bun which is excellent. The french fries and onion rings are made from fresh not frozen.

                  1. re: ParsleySage

                    Buster's is exactly what I'm thinking about
                    I'll have to try and get to SLM during lunch sometime

                    I dug up the website
                    http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/shopp...
                    I really hope they're not messing up the formula that Buster's has before I can try it!

                  2. re: CoffeeAddict416

                    Buster's Sea Cove. Not bad, but not great. Bad fries (frozen?), but, fresh fish. I foudn the batter too much and too hard.

                    I'd go have a peameal on a bun, or even the mediocre take-away Chinese in the lower level in preference.

                  3. I've found Reliable usually reliably good. The fish is always consistent for me anyways. VERY light, thin, crisp batter. Chips are severely lacking though -- not my style anyways. Well cooked, double cooked. But, too fluffy and dry. I usually forgo the chips or settle on the (frozen) onion rings.

                    I also swear by English Style (Dundas and Coxwell). Despite the change of ownership over a year ago, the new owner has been keeping up the standard very well. Thicker batter, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside if eaten promptly (it has trouble surviving back home unless you open the packages and let the steam out). The fish is exceptionally well cooked and fresh. It is always still moist and and beautiful in the batter. Even if you were on some batter-free diet, you'd still think of ordering these for the fish within.

                    I also think these are possibly the best chips in the city for my taste (soft with small crispy bits -- not fluffy at all). They have a resemblance in style to Swiss Chalet chips (i.e. soft, small, crispy bits, not fluffy). When it isn't busy, the fish is cut from the whole side of Halibut to order (when he is really busy, he seems to have a bowl pre-cut earlier).

                    As a note of comparison, I am not a fan of Olde Yorke because the batter is too thick and too crisp (it shatters too much). It should either be thin (like Reliable) or have some suppleness next to the fish and not be hard all the way through (like English Style). I find that the too crisp batter is usually -- but not always -- a precursor to overcooked fish. That is often the case at Olde Yorke where I have had a number of dry, dry, dry fish orders. Not a fan of the chips either -- too fluffy and too firm.

                    Not a fan: Penrose, Duckworths, Harbord, Chippy's, Woodgreen,
                    OK but not close to me or not better than my first two: Al's, Caz's, Suncrisp, New Toronto, B&B.

                    On my "to try" list: The one on Donlands near O'Connor. Anyone been? I walked by the other day and it looked very nice (I was surprised given the state of that strip).

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                    1. re: Atahualpa

                      I used to frequent Caz's in Oakville because I worked nearby and it was reliably excellent. Don't they have a location downtown now?

                      1. re: stephen

                        I am unfamiliar with an Oakville Caz's. I have frequented the one on Davenport at Avenue Road.

                    2. For what its worth, I really like Penrose, its the most like UK style fish and chips, so it reminds me of when I was a kid. Some complain about it being too greasy, which is a fair comment, but if you have it for an indulgence now and again.... Old Yorke is ok too.

                      1. No one here is talking about the fish, (except Raquel and Atahualpa) and that's what is important to me. I'll put up with mediocre fries, but I want hot steamy, well flavored fish, not overcooked or shrinking away from the crust. I'll put up with lightly fried crust to get lightly fried fish, as long as the fish is fresh and high quality. Of all the suggestions here, I might only try the place Raquel mentioned on Hwy 7 and Kennedy, but it is an old suggestion and seriously needs updating. Or serious competition. Too many fish fryers judge doneness by crust colour, and what's more, don't use the very best fish.

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                        1. re: jayt90

                          Deep Blue is the only place I've seen the fish used displayed on ice.

                        2. British Style Fish Chips (Coxwell & Dundas) my personal favorite! delish. thick piece of flaky moist halibut, crispy golden yellow batter, just greasy enough to satisfy the need, but not enough to give you gut rot.... *sigh*

                          If I'm out in Scarborough, my friend takes me to some spot near Morningside and Kingston Road - the fish is smaller, but still tasty...

                          I desperately need fish 'n chips now.....

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                          1. re: Bex714

                            Duckworth's, 2282 Kingston Road just West of Midland....Old School...all they make are Fish and Chips...been in business for years

                            1. re: ribboy

                              nope - not Duckworth's. It's called Malt 'N Salt and i spoke to my friend - SHE lives at Morningside & KIngston Road, but this place is at lawson and Port Union or something? I don't drive and I"m usually too busy thinking about the deliciousness to come when we're going there! fish&chips junkie=me

                              Duckworth's is alright - a little skimpy on the fish....

                              1. re: Bex714

                                They have two locations, and will cook to order.

                                -----
                                Malt N Salt - duplicate
                                285 Lawson Rd, Toronto, ON M1C, CA

                                Malt N Salt
                                750 Oklahoma Dr, Pickering, ON L1W3G9, CA

                            2. re: Bex714

                              Thank you! British Style! Why oh why did I write English Style above?

                              1. re: Bex714

                                Out in Scarborough, there is By the Bluffs restaurant, they had a good fish in chips. There was also a little Greek diner (can't remember the name of it) on the north side Eglington just east of Markham, around the same strip mall with the Little Bavarian restaurant (across the street from Metro) that also had good and inexpensive fish and chips.

                                1. re: Bex714

                                  yes, that one's pretty good... (BSFC)

                                2. Deep Blue Fish&Chips @749 Broadview just south of the Danforth is good. Stay away from their Jamaican jerk battered fish though--the blackish/burnt batter overwhelms the fish flavour.