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British Fish 'N Chips in Boston?

shopgirl Oct 25, 2010 09:57 AM

Is there such a thing? We love "A Salt & Battery" in NYC and love "Go Fish" in Delaware. Both are classic British as are the owners. Are there any, really good fish 'n chips places in Boston? Light batter...not greasy...you get the idea.

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    nasilemak Oct 25, 2010 10:35 AM

    The Druid.

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      rknrll Oct 25, 2010 10:50 AM

      I also came here to say The Druid.

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      1. re: rknrll
        Jenny Ondioline Oct 25, 2010 11:04 AM

        Third on the Druid.

      2. chickendhansak Oct 25, 2010 11:38 AM

        Fish at The Druid is excellent, and the chips are very good but not chip-shop style. Overall, my favourite so far but the Irish-owned chip shop called The Battery, now closed, was the only place I know of that did chip-shop style chips.

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        1. re: chickendhansak
          shopgirl Oct 25, 2010 11:43 AM

          wow...i'm getting hungry. i posted a reply, but it looks like it got lost on here.
          I think The Druid is in Cambridge, but not sure where. If I'm staying on Long Wharf, can I take the blue line to Harvard Square? Is there a change of trains? I'm thinking easier than driving there.
          Someone mentioned The Black Rose. Any good for fish n chips? Although, I'm intrigued that you all recommended The Druid. I think we're gonna have to try it!
          Thanks to all!

          Black Rose
          160 State St, Boston, MA 02109

          1. re: shopgirl
            cambridgedoctpr Oct 25, 2010 11:49 AM

            To get to harvard square, you need to take the red line after switching from the green line which connects with the blue line. Parking around harvard square can be challenging though there are parking lots.

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              shopgirl Oct 25, 2010 11:50 AM

              cambridgedoctpr -- so, that's the way? when i get off the train, which way to go?

              1. re: shopgirl
                chickendhansak Oct 25, 2010 11:57 AM

                If you are up for a fifteen minute walk, it's easier to go to Central Square on the Red Line (one stop before Harvard, when coming from the Boston side of the river) and walk down Prospect Street until you hit Cambridge Street. There is plenty more to do and see in that small area (Inman Square).

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                  yumyum Oct 25, 2010 11:58 AM

                  The Druid is a good 20 minute schlepp from Harvard Square (it's in Inman Square). If it was me, I'd hail a cab in the Square and you wont be disappointed with the F&C, or the shepherds pie or the stew for that matter.

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                    Prav Oct 25, 2010 11:58 AM

                    The Druid is in Inman Square.


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                      justbeingpolite Oct 25, 2010 12:00 PM

                      Isn't the Druid in Inman Sq? Take the Red LIne to Central Sq. then walk north up Prospect St. I think it's six or seven blocks and a good fifteen minute walk. Left on Cambridge St. about a block.
                      Correct me if I'm wrong, Cantabridgians.

                      1. re: shopgirl
                        nsenada Oct 25, 2010 12:58 PM

                        I will go ahead and fourth that The Druid is in Inman Square.

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                      Blumie Oct 25, 2010 11:59 AM

                      You do NOT want to go to Harvard Square. The Druid is in Inman Square.

                      You can take the Blue Line to Government Center, change for the Green Line to Park Street, and then change for an Alwife-bound Red Line train to Central Square.

                      When you exit the station at Central Square, look for Prospect Street very close to the exit. (You'll see a Starbucks on the corner.) Walk up Prospect Street a little more that a 1/2 mile and take a left on Cambridge Street. (You'll see the All-Star Sandwich Bar on the corner of Prospect and Cambridge.) The Druid is a few blocks down Cambridge Street on the right.

                      1. re: Blumie
                        Allstonian Oct 25, 2010 12:06 PM

                        Alternatively, if you're not afraid of buses, take the Green Line to Lechmere and take the #69 bus, which goes right through Inman Square and stops a few doors away from the Druid, which will save you a longish walk. You can also get the #69 bus from Harvard Square.

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                          Blumie Oct 25, 2010 12:20 PM

                          And if you have a car, consider driving: it's pretty easy, and although parking can be tough, you'll find something within a few blocks. Here's my recommended driving route (there are slightly quicker alternatives, but this will be the easiest to follow):

                          From Long Wharf, head straight up State Street until it ends. When it ends, bear right on Cambridge Street. Follow Cambridge Street for about three miles: it will take you past Mass General Hospital, over the Longfellow Bridge, and into Cambridge (at which point it turns into Broadway; Cambridge Street in Cambridge -- your ultimate destination -- is not Cambridge Street in Cambridge). From Broadway, you want to turn right on Prospect Street (which you can identify because it's a major intersection with Koreana restaurant on the near left corner, a Broadway Gas gas station on the far left corner, and a Todeschi Market on the far right corner). Take Prospect Street to the second set of lights and turn left on Cambridge Street. The Druid is a couple of blocks down on the right, before the next set of lights. Look for metered parking along Cambridge Street. If you don't find any spots by the time you get to the light, bear right on Hampshire Street (do not take a hard right onto Springfield Street; rather go past Springfield Street and bear right on Hampshire). Parking on Hampshire Street usually is easier than on Cambridge Street.

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                            itaunas Oct 27, 2010 07:45 AM

                            There is a lot on Springfield Street, you pay at a pay station and the downside compared to a meter is it runs until 8pm (which I think is still only Harvard Square in Cambridge, right?). At night its often full, but during the day there is almost always spots. Once you get a couple of blocks up Cambridge street toward the hospital, there are some easier meters and spots on the hospital side which are no-parking during the day but ok at night.

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                    rknrll Oct 25, 2010 12:19 PM

                    What days of the week are you considering?
                    The Druid does trivia on Wednesdays (I think), and gets really packed on the weekend nights...but the full menu is served all day every day.
                    Personally, I wait for an opportunity to pop in on a weekday around lunchtime or before people show up for dinner.

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                    1. re: rknrll
                      shopgirl Oct 25, 2010 12:53 PM

                      we'll be in the day after Thanksgiving, so it will be that Friday night. Maybe driving would make sense. we've gotten so spoiled with taking the T but are not against taking out the car.
                      Hope they're open on that friday night. I'll have to call ahead.
                      thank you to everyone!

                      1. re: rknrll
                        justbeingpolite Oct 25, 2010 12:53 PM

                        Or, as an alternative, the new Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square has fish and chips on their menu. Anyone had 'em?

                        Island Creek Oysters
                        296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

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                        CookieLee Oct 25, 2010 05:28 PM

                        If you're planning to take the T, or a bus, go to mbta.com , and put in your starting pt and destination. Besides giving you transit options, you'll also get walking directions from where to board the T or the bus, and how to get to yr destination once you alight from the T or bus.

                        And, I must get meself to the Druid!

                        1. Boston_Otter Oct 27, 2010 07:42 AM

                          Or go to The Burren in Davis Square, a block from the T station. For my money, their fish & chips are better than The Druid. Plus they have curry sauce for the fries.

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                            LStaff Oct 27, 2010 11:01 AM

                            What kind of fries are offered at The Burren (and the Druid for that matter)?

                            The ubiquitous battered fry negates a good piece of fish (or burger, or sandwich, or steak, or....) for me.

                            247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                            1. re: LStaff
                              Jenny Ondioline Oct 27, 2010 12:41 PM

                              The Druid does not have battered fries. Nor does the Burren, but having had the F&C at both places on multiple occasions, to my tastes, there is absolutely no comparison: the Druid's version is far superior to the Burren's.

                              247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                              1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                LStaff Oct 27, 2010 01:47 PM

                                I will just have to try both and decide for myself. :-)

                                1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                  FoodDabbler Oct 27, 2010 09:54 PM

                                  Just the C or also the F?

                                  1. re: FoodDabbler
                                    Jenny Ondioline Oct 28, 2010 01:01 AM

                                    Definitely the fish. The chips are marginally better at the Druid, but the fish at the Druid is, to my tastes, far superior to the fish at the Burren. Not just the batter and the fry job, they just source better pieces of fish.

                                    247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

                                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                                      Boston_Otter Oct 28, 2010 12:58 PM

                                      Well, in that case, I'll have to go back! One thing I love at The Burren is their (house-made?) tartar sauce... is the Druid's good, too?

                              2. re: Boston_Otter
                                shopgirl Oct 27, 2010 08:14 PM

                                How to get there? Please? from the Long Wharf (and blue line) or car.
                                Thanks! We're determined to get some good fish n chips!!!

                                1. re: shopgirl
                                  Jenny Ondioline Oct 28, 2010 01:04 AM

                                  Blue Line to Government Center, Green Line to Park Street (the next stop over from GC), Red Line outbound (towards Alewife) to Davis Square.

                                  I don't recommend trying to find parking in Davis Square, so the T is definitely the way to go.

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                                celeriac Oct 27, 2010 09:53 PM

                                The Haven in JP makes an excellent fish 'n' chips, but is Scottish. While I'm not sure whether there are demonstrable differences in fish 'n' chip preparation in Britain and Scotland, the dish is exceptionally good. I even loved their minty mushy peas, which are a fresh, updated version of that stodgy side.

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                                  chickendhansak Oct 28, 2010 02:23 PM

                                  In fact the only British fish and chips discussed so far are those at The Haven. I say this from observations not on style or execution but on political geography.

                                  I thought The Haven's F&C was decent, but I think The Druid's is much better -- and more generous.

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                                    celeriac Oct 28, 2010 06:08 PM

                                    Oh jeez, right, sorry. Scotland is part of Great Britain. I was really tired when I wrote that, my bad.

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                                  phatchris Oct 28, 2010 02:36 PM

                                  Tavern at the End of the world also does a very good version.

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