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Enjoy Good Food Jun 20, 2009 03:19 PM

Let me add this wish to all of those who yearn for the return of Arthur Treacher's. Does anyone know of a place that serves decent fish and chips that are equal to or close to what Arthur Treacher's served up? The dismal offerings that I've found include thickly encrusted, dried-out fish and lackluster French fries.

  1. AmblerGirl Jun 20, 2009 05:59 PM

    My favorite fish and chips are at the Schanachie in Ambler. I never had Arthus Treacher's though so I'm not sure I'm not sure how they compare.

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      Enjoy Good Food Jun 21, 2009 05:57 AM

      Thanks AmblerGirl for your response but I've had the fish and chips at Schanachie and wouldn't order them again. Very disappointing in my opinion. My view of good battered, deep fried haddock is that the batter should enhance (not dominate or offend) moist, flavorful fish. Somebody mentioned that the Irish Pub has good fish and chips. I'll give a case of bazooka bubble gum to anyone who can name such a restaurant.

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        gakski Jun 21, 2009 06:25 AM

        Arthur Treacher's is still at the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia.

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      Enjoy Good Food Jun 21, 2009 07:25 AM

      Thanks Gakski but Franklin Mills is opposite of my stomping grounds. If I'm ever in the vicinity, I would definitely stop at Arthur Treacher's in Franklin Mills, but my yen isn't so great that I'd travel 40 minutes out of my way for it. I'm thinking that a smart business man could be an instant success if he opened a decent seafood-primarily restaurant in Montgomery County. The best that we have is Red Lobster and Legal Seafoods.

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        jimsgirl Jun 22, 2009 10:27 AM

        Henry's Cafe in Pottstown does a great fish and chips.Lightly battered cod and thick cut fries.

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          mitchh Jun 22, 2009 10:51 AM

          Kildares in KOP has good fish n chips.

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          Hopefulone Jun 23, 2009 09:11 AM

          We too have been searching for really fresh fish and chips in Montco. With the emphasis on fresh, ocean sweetness. (husband is used to fish straight from the docks.) That being said, we have found really excellent fried flounder in Delaware County @ the West Gate Pub on West Chester Pike in Havertown. Sadly, know of nothing that compares around here.

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            PattiCakes Jun 23, 2009 11:41 AM

            Not in Montco, but Elephant & Castle, in the Crown Plaza at 18th & Market (Center City) has pretty good F&Cs. If you feel like a jaunt, you can take SEPTA Regional Rail to Suburban Station & come up at 18th & Market.

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            shellbellc Jun 23, 2009 12:59 PM

            Not sure where in Montco you are but there is an Authur Treachers at Philadelphia Outlet Mall in Limerick!

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              Enjoy Good Food Jun 23, 2009 02:03 PM

              Thanks, SHELLBELLC. A trip to Limerick is a possibility for me since I travel to Bey's Rock Shop (minerals, fossils, etc.) every so often. I always treat myself to lunch coming or going and I'll make sure it's at Arthur Treacher's next time!

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                becky315 Aug 11, 2009 11:25 AM

                Is this in the food court??

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                dougherj Jun 25, 2009 06:19 AM

                Try Craft Ale House in Limerick. Pretty much everything on the menu is terrific, but the fish and chips stand out. Plus, the place has one of the best draft selections outside of Philadelphia.

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                  macas Jul 10, 2009 10:44 AM

                  dougherj: my husband and I will difinetly stop in the Craft Ale House soon based on your good report. the best fish and chips I've ever had was, of course, in London in some greasy spoon take-out shop that wrapped the food in newspaper, with malt vinigar splashed on. the fish was thick and flaky with a golden fried batter! now that's a visual. if I can find something close to that back here I'd be tickled.

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                  Enjoy Good Food Jul 8, 2009 02:07 PM

                  ....such an unlikely spot for me to dine: Huey's Tavern on Main Street in Lansdale. I won't boast that the decor is The Best, the service is splendid or the food is to die for but guess what! The chilled strawberry soup was surprisingly good and their fish and chips are the closest thing to Arthur Treacher's that I've found. They use chunks of haddock (not cod) in their fish and chips and the difference is remarkable. The fish remains intact and holds the batter well. The batter doesn't dominate and, although naturally greasy after being deep fried, the oil tasted fresh and wasn't heavy. My lunch buddy very much enjoyed her split pea soup and chicken caesar salad.

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                    wubar Jul 8, 2009 05:22 PM

                    Just wanted to let everyone know that Huey's doesn't always have the fish and chips meal. It is never served during dinner, and it is available at various times during lunch time, but is not part of their regular menu. My wife and I stopped there tonight for supper, since I was in the mood for good fish n chips after having read the post above, and were disappointed after our server gave us the news.

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                      givemecarbs Jul 8, 2009 06:00 PM

                      That sucks wubar! I haven't been to Huey's for awhile, the last two times were for a french dip and a beer in the bar area after ten pm. Did you stay and order something else or head out after the bad news? I'm looking to try more things at Huey's but it's hard to get past a decent french dip. I want to try the fish and chips there for lunch sometime! I live nearby so I can call first.

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                        Enjoy Good Food Jul 9, 2009 05:23 PM

                        Alison Two in Fort Washington does list fish and chips on their menu, but offers them only as an occasional "special".

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                    masonwasp Jul 10, 2009 03:16 PM

                    Fatty's in Wyndmoor (Willow Grove Avenue) has excellent pub food, including fish and chips.

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                      givemecarbs Aug 4, 2009 03:42 PM

                      Just had the yummiest fried haddock today. The two pieces were a golden brown, not greasy, crunchy on the outside and moist and delicious inside. Bread crumbs were used instead of batter so I guess they weren't strictly traditional. I could have gotten fries with them but since this place offers real mashed potatoes I got those and a trip to the salad bar. I got them at the R and S Keystone diner in telford and boy did they hit the spot!

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                        dinnerson Aug 5, 2009 06:16 PM

                        Try Kildaires Irish Pub in King of Prussia! The Guinnes on tap is not so bad, either!

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                          phdfoodie Aug 6, 2009 06:50 AM

                          Henry's in Pottstown. Their cocktail sauce is also very good. It's BYOB.

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                            sokojojn Aug 12, 2009 08:06 AM

                            Had dinner at Chadwicks in Audubon last night while visiting friends in K of P. Had the Fish & Chips and it was the best I've had in a long time. Just the right amount of crunch then the flaky cod. I've pasted the description from their menu:

                            Beer Battered Cod Fresh cod loin flash fried in a Corona® beer batter and served with a jalapeño tartar sauce.

                            The fries were great, crisp not soggy. If you like mushroom soup theirs was very good as well. Never had mushroom soup that was so full of flavorful mushroom.

                            http://chadwicksrestaurantandbar.com/

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