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Jan 29, 2010 10:03 AM

Best Seattle Fish and Chips?

Looking for fish and chips rec's in Seattle. Very fresh fish, lightly fried. Went to Ivars yesterday and was very disappointed.

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  1. I went to Spud Fish and Chips in Greenlake a few weeks ago. It was good, but I would not consider myself a pro in the fish and chips deptartment.

    I've heard from valued sources that Pacific Inn Pub on Stone Way in Wallingford has very good fish & chips, but I've never tried.

    Another untried (but potentially very good) place might be Ballard Brothers in Ballard. If their fish & chips is anywhere close to as good as their blackened salmon burger (amazing), then this is the place to go.

    Pacific Inn Pub
    3501 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA

    Spud Fish & Chips Greenlake Store
    6860 E Green Lake Way N, Seattle, WA 98115

    Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers
    7302 1/2 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117

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    1. re: Mike CP

      I think this discussion has come up many times before on the board. I'd search.

      Also, note the that people are going to be split between battered and breaded camps.
      I'm personally big on battered.
      No breaded F&C could compare to a good battered style in my mind, but I know some devout breaded fish fans.

      Spud's is solid. and I remember Eastlake B&G doing a pretty good job on the battered end.
      I miss Daley's for breaded, but I feel like Jack's in the market is pretty good.
      Not a huge fan of Pacific Inn, but it seems like other are...

        1. re: Mike CP

          Mr Lu's in the U District has decent fish and chips. Their menu is quite similar to Ballard Bros.

        2. pike street fish fry, they fry there fish in front of you and its good.

          1. My favorite recent fish and chip experience was the mahi mahi fish and chips at Ponti. They make a really good tarter sauce with capers.

            1. I prefer bettered to the breaded at Pacific Inn as well. i love going to the Lockspot as much for atmosphere, combined with good fish and chips. I also go to Chinook's because it is convenient. I always get clams and halibut at both places.

              1. I like the Halibut and chips at Pike Pub & Brewery...They air-fry the fish so it's not as greasy as conventional deep-frying.


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                1. re: soypower

                  I always have to throw out the fish and chips at the Nordstrom Cafe. Not the best ambiance for many (unless you like watching people browse men's furnishings while you eat your halibut), but the quality is very good. I like Pacific Inn for a breaded style. I've been disappointed on my last visits to Sunfish and Jack's.

                  Has anyone tried the new-ish place on Rainier, Emerald City? They have been busy when I've been by. They have po-boy's too.

                  1. re: equinoise

                    I really like Emerald City Fish and Chips - had them today as a matter of fact. Breaded kind with a nod towards New Orleans flavors. Not spicy - just well seasoned. They have cod, catfish, halibut, and salmon - what I've had has been really fresh tasting. Nice oysters in the po'boy but I'm not crazy about the bread/roll. They use a stadium roll and not a french bread. Cole slaw could be better, but all in all I like it a lot.

                    1. re: happa

                      I didn't know what you meant until I tried the halibut and the cod, but I'd agree that the breading has a sort of new orleans spice character; plus the "tartar" sauce is really more of a remoulade, which is a nice touch. I favor battered fish, and I'd say the breaded cod at Pacific Inn is probably better, but Emerald City is definitely fresh-tasting, quality eating, especially the hand cut fries. Will be returning shortly for the oyster po'boy.

                      1. re: equinoise

                        The Nordstrom Cafe in Downtown Seattle or the one in Bellevue?
                        (or are they pretty much the same?)

                        I'd definitely dismissed it as some place rich housewives just ate salads...

                        1. re: GreenYoshi

                          The only one I've been to is the one in downtown Seattle.

                          1. re: GreenYoshi

                            I think the two locations are essentially identical in menus. I must admit to eating at both and concluding that the F&C was equally good.

                            And no doubt, there will be rich housewives just eating salads, esp. in Bellevue. All the aspiring pool boys and gigolos should be honing their game there. ;)

                            1. re: equinoise

                              In the downtown store there are two restaurants, upstairs is the Cafe and downstairs is the Grill which are we discussing?

                              1. re: ladybugseattle

                                Downstairs Grill. Right by the entrance from the transit tunnel.