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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. http://www.yelp.com/biz/emerald-city-...

                  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.

                      2. Anchovies & Olives does fish and chips at their happy hour which I'd bet are pretty good. I also really like those at the Pacific Inn Pub.

                        1. Most places use frozen, not fresh, fish. An exception was the late – and sorely missed – Daly’s. I personally don’t like Pacific Inn’s f & c, although it has a lot fans for reasons that are mysterious to me. I find the breading to be overly and unpleasantly herbed, the cooking too often produces an unpleasant level of greasiness, and the fish is often poor quality. Out of curiosity, what was it that you didn’t like about the f & c at Ivar’s? It’s almost passé to dump on Ivar’s, but I am in the lonely position of actually liking it. Like all places, the quality can vary depending on who is doing the cooking. But most of the time, I like the light breading and moist cod of the f & c at Ivar’s. Actually, my favorite fried fish is tempura at a good Japanese restaurant, like Kisaku – no greasiness, impeccably fresh fish, and just a kiss of light, crisp batter.

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                          1. re: Tom Armitage

                            What is the menu item that you would get at Kisaku to satisfy the fried food search? I was planning on going there soon, and this interests me. Is it the tempura dinner? Or one of the fried appetizers?

                            1. re: Mike CP

                              I always reserve a seat at the section of the sushi bar where the owner, Nikano-san, is working. The other sushi chef (there are two sections of the sushi bar) is perfectly fine, but by now Nikano-san knows my and my wife's palates and can steer us in the right direction for seasonal specialties. I would ask Nikano-san, or the other chef if you are not sitting in Nakano-san's section, for recommendations on what fish to use for tempura. Shrimp tempura is standard on the menu, but you can choose any fish you want and have it prepared as tempura. If you want to drop my name, that's okay. Just tell Nikano-san that I suggested that you put yourself in his hands to try some different kinds of fish tempura. There are restaurants in Japan and U.S. cities like Los Angeles that have Japanese restaurants dedicated to the art of tempura. But, alas, I don't know of any such restaurant in Seattle.

                          2. Had halibut fish and chips for lunch yesterday at Juno (15$). The fish was firm and moist, very good. It was breaded lightly. I really liked the cole slaw and the fries weren't bad. I'm not a fish and chips expert but I would order again if at Juno.

                            1. Not exactly what you were looking for, but had the fried oysters at Pike Street Fish Fry on Friday night. Exactly what I was hoping for. Oysters were incredibly fresh and briny, succulent and tender. The breading was light, hot, fresh and the grease tasted fresh. I had the lemon aoili which was a nice foil. Came with a small serving of fries that were good as well. I've had somewhat inconsistent food at PSFF, but these were heaven, and worth a trip if you like fried oysters.

                              1. Sunfish on Alki is the best, both in texture and fish quality. Also the location. That said, Seattle is pretty good in general, and I've had great ones at Pike Street (especially late night) and the classic is spuds.

                                Monday is All U can Eat at Chinook's and it is kind of crazy wonderful.

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