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May 10, 2010 02:24 PM

Best Fish and Chips in Boston?

I'm craving fish and chips - who has the best?

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  1. I've never had it but a friend of mine always raves about Simcos. There's 2 locations... Roslindale and Mattapan. Both are take out.

    679 Canterbury St, Roslindale, MA 02131

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      1. re: rknrll

        Druid, but bring a friend to help.

      2. re: catsmeow

        Just tried the fish and chips at Simco's (Mattapan). 8-9 thin fillets crispy, and greaseless, a perfect fry job (NB probably first order of the day) and a huge portion. The chips were poor. Sysco, overcooked, and dry. Big contrast to the fish. For $10.00 including a good cole slaw and tartar sauce, it was excellent value but next time, i would just order a fish box.

        679 Canterbury St, Roslindale, MA 02131

        1. re: gourmaniac

          Simco's on the Bridge in Mattapan is one of those places where I like the cheap fried fish better than the fancy one: I prefer the $10.50 whiting plate better to the $13 haddock. No question their fryer guys are good. I don't love the fries, though: they have that Burger King sprayed-on-starch thing going on.

      3. Jaspar White's at the Summer Shack in Cambridge's Fresh Pond area are pretty damn good. That enormous industrial scale room still turns me off, but the seafood is always fresh and prepared with great respect. Doesn't hurt that there is a ton of parking there, and access via the Minuteman Bike Path or it's mere steps away from the Alewife stop on the Red Line.

        Summer Shack
        149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140

        1. Tavern at the End of The World's fish and chips are very good.Also really good curry sauce.

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          1. re: phatchris

            Not familiar,with End of the World where are they located? As much as I love fish and chips I'm more intriqued about the curry sauce.

            1. re: Pegmeister

              TatEotW is at 108 Cambridge Street in Charlestown, near Sullivan Square. Fine little place: owner from Belfast, good jukebox, fine mix of Irish pub fare and some unexpectedly good curries (the chefs are Nepali).


              1. re: MC Slim JB

                Awesome tip - I've driven by that place a few times (mostly when I'm going to pick my car up from the tow lot) and I would never had thought to stop. I'm intrigued by the fish and chips AND the curry!

                1. re: lypp

                  The draft beer selection is pretty good...and the bottled beer selection is excellent (with some of the lowest prices in the city.)

                  1. re: rknrll

                    I was in there Thursday and the bottle prices are creeping a bit.

                2. re: MC Slim JB

                  Thanks, definitely adding this place to my list.

                  1. re: MC Slim JB

                    Am going back to Boston for a week in October. (used to live in Cambridge, 1998-2002) This TATEOTW is EXACTLY the kind of place I am looking for. The wife can have her fish and chips, and I get to eat some curry!

                    Charlestown I liked. REAL close knit. But still friendly.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Tavern at the End of the World, serving fish? That's so "hitchhiker's guide"!

                  2. re: phatchris

                    Tried this last night. It was great. Perfectly fried flaky cod, decent fries, some sort of pinkish sauce (might have had beets in it, not your typical tartar sauce), and a mild, vinegary coleslaw. Malt vinegar on the table, and if you're not a traditionalist they'll bring you some curry sauce for your fries. And only $10 for a plate of fish and chips. We're so going back.

                    1. re: blink617

                      Had exactly the same thing last week and it was some of the better fish I have ever had, light flaky and tasty. I agree that the "pink" sauce was a nice touch and the coarse-cut coleslaw was great. I would have ordered a side of it. Mrs had the proscuitto, fig jam and gorgonzola pannini and I couldn't get a bite from her. "We're so going back" says it all.

                  3. In my opinion, Publick House has the best fish and chips in the area. The horseradish tartar sauce is a close second to Neptune's.

                    JJ Foley's does a decent job also

                    At the other end of the spectrum is Pop's rendition. Precious little piece of fish and a soggy fry job.

                    Publick House
                    1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

                      1. re: rknrll

                        Agree that the Druid is excellent. You'll also find an excellent fish and chips at Courthouse Seafood on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge for a measly $7.99.


                        1. re: BJK

                          Great fish at Courthouse...not so much the chips though.

                          1. re: phatchris

                            Indeed, the chips are pretty ordinary fries. Still a good deal for $8. Not sure I'd go out of my way for it, though (I don't--it's only a couple of blocks away.)