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Best Fish And Chips on the West Side

Bad Bob Jul 25, 2005 03:05 PM

Can anyone tell me where the best Fish & Chips are on the West Side of L. A. I need fresh fish not frozen. This probably has been covered many times before, but I'm new to Chowhound. Thanks.

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    Eddie Jul 25, 2005 03:38 PM

    Kings Head, Santa Monica.

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      igj Jul 25, 2005 03:38 PM

      Yeah, this has been covered many times. One of the names that always comes up:
      Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica. British pub that also has a restaurant area (and a shop, for that matter). Reliable and pretty tasty, especially with a half of cider.

      Ye Olde Kings Head
      116 Santa Monica Blvd.
      Santa Monica

      Link: http://www.yeoldekingshead.com/newsit...

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        PayOrPlay Jul 25, 2005 07:16 PM

        Yes, Kings Head. And other names that always come up are John O'Groats on Pico west of Century City and Malibu Seafood on PCH north of Pepperdine.

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        jcwla Jul 26, 2005 01:05 AM

        In addition to Groat's, look at one of the Ivies, and at Gardens on Glendon -- deelish!

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          JBC Mar 9, 2009 06:55 AM

          The Gardens on Glendon's Halibut Fish & Chips are indeed very good; however, the portion is small compared with others and they now cost $24.

          It's one of the "few" things worth having on their menu and I learned over the years to avoid all their specials.

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            longtimehere Mar 10, 2009 10:01 PM

            I agree. Delicious, worth the price if you are prepared for not-huge portion. Still enough for decent lunch I think.

        2. ElJeffe Mar 8, 2009 11:17 PM

          Any verdict in the Kings Head vs. John O'Groat's fish & chips battle?

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            anothernotch Mar 9, 2009 02:44 PM

            King's Head in a landslide. I also enjoy the fish & Chips at O'Briens on Wilshire. The O'Groats version doesn't do much for me.

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            ohdaylay Mar 9, 2009 05:06 PM

            Ye Olde Kings head is pretty good, but I say the Britannia is a shade better. Maybe it was the drinks I had before tasting the fish, but I thought they were pretty nice. I've since gone back on numerous occasions and have always been pleasantly surprised. Though, the same could be said for the King's Head. Go figure.

            1. Vince S Mar 10, 2009 09:31 PM

              I vote for King's as well. This is coming from someone who only eats fresh fish prepared in his own kitchen. I buy fresh fish and I cook them myself. Cos I can't stand eating less than fresh fish outside. So it took me a great deal to try F&C outside my kitchen. And King did not disappoint.

              1. ElJeffe Mar 11, 2009 09:35 PM

                I finally tried Kings Head. I would classify them as very good, not great. The breading is nice and the fish is fresh. My issue was the fillets are HUGE so the ratio of crispy-to-fish was off. They were almost steak-sized. They offer a 1-piece or 2-piece order. 1 piece is effectively a full order anywhere else. 2-piece (which I ordered) is aggressive. I took care of business but have been tasting oil all day:)

                If I'm looking for fried fish on the West Side, Malibu Seafood is still my choice. Cock N' Bull had trash fish n' chips imo...mush city.

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