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Mar 11, 2010 12:12 PM

Sea. Mckenzie Towne Calgary

Had a wonderful lunch at Sea. Fish & Chips in Mckenzie Towne, Calgary, today. We both had cod with sweet potato fries. The cod was perfectly cooked, with literally no oil left on the plate. The batter was nice and thin, crispy and delicious. The yam fries were about as good as they get -- tender, just a touch of sweet, not filling at all, and no oil left over. Service was excellent, even though the place was completely full at 11:45. We were served in about 15 minutes, which was fine. Polite and gracious server/owner who did his best (which was pretty good) to loo after everyone. The aftertaste was as it should be ... nice cod and yam fries; not that terrible oily taste that's so prevalent elsewhere now.

For anyone in the deep south, this is certainly the place to go. They have quite a good menu (also burgers, crab salad, and a local micro-brewery beer). The place is clean and comfortable. We will certainly be back.

Sea. FIsh & Chips, 45 High Street, SE. McKenzie Towne.

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    sea. fish n' chips
    45 High St SE, Calgary, AB T2Z 3T7, CA

    1. I've gone twice for take-out, both times I have been told it was going to be an hour+ wait...I passed both times. I will keep trying though!!

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      1. re: Major_9000


        Went here for a late lunch today with the wife. We split a poutine to start, the fries were delicious, great gravy and a healthy serving. The cheese was shredded cheddar and Mozzarella, not traditional cheese curds but no complaints from me it was delicious.

        For our main lunch entrees I had the Haddock burger and my wife had the Oyster burger...again absolutely delicious, beautiful batter, fresh fish on a perfect kaiser. We also both had the house salad, which came with a sesame dressing.

        I've got to say everything was very good and if I had to compare this with the British Chippy I would go to to Sea, everytime. This is a must visit place for anyone who loves fish a chips.

        I have attached Poutine photo and a photo of the Oyster burger and salads we had.

      2. FYI, I wanted to try Sea this weekend, and, upon searching online for some info, discovered that it is closed for the time being and the owners are selling the business due to a family emergency. It's too bad as it sounded like a cool place.

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        1. re: Fid

          I really hope this isn't true, we've been going once a week since March :(...really great fish and chips.

          1. re: Major_9000

            Unfortunately, it is true as I happened to be in the area and saw a sign posted on the door stating that it is closed until further notice due to a family emergency. Also, there is an ad on Craigslist for the sale of the business. Hopefully, the new owners will be able to keep the restaurant going at the same level of quality.

            1. re: Fid

              They are open again...They are still selling but they are open again. They are not usually open on Mondays but I saw the open sign, dropped in and chatted with the owner.

              If you haven't been to Sea yet, better go quick because you never know what new owners might do.

              1. re: Major_9000

                Any info as to their timeline for sale, or as to why they're selling? Been there several times, love the place. Owners seem like great people too. Hoping that whomever the new owner is doesn't change what is truly a hidden gem.

                1. re: NumberFive

                  They'll run it until they find a buyer but don't currently have one.

                2. re: Major_9000

                  Finally managed to get down to Sea last night in the terrible weather and was not disappointed except for that they ran out of chips and mushy peas so we couldn't sample them.

                  However, the yam fries were the best I've had since New Zealand and considering how packed it was for a Wed night we got served pretty quick. The fish, scallops, oysters, prawns and onion rings were very good. Not sure if the rings were freshly battered but definitely miles above the British Chippy.

                  However, they said that Wed night was the last night of the old management and the new management is taking over today. I hope they don't mess around with recipe too badly, it's the only decent place in town anymore.

                  I'll probably try it out next week to see if things have changed.

                  1. re: slingshotz

                    Darn, I was hoping to go tomorrow night prior to it changing hands. I guess I'll be there to sample the new management early in the process.

          2. New Management/Owners took over and It's been about a month. Stopped in today and found that the homemade curry sauce is gone...fries don't taste fresh...watery gravy...soggy fish.

            The bottom line is this is a very average fish and chip place now...amazing what happens when people cut corners and don't pay attention to the small details...very sad.