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Bit o Scotland fish and chips

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If anyone remembers the Bit o' Scotland
on Westwood Blvd south of the village,
you'll also remember they had the lightest,
least greasy and most tasty fresh fish and chips

Does anyone know where the same can be found
not counting o' groats and on the cheap?


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  1. Was it a battered or breaded. I have had breaded at 26 Beach Restaurant and they use what appears to be a japanese bread crumb, not grease at all. If you are looking for battered alla H. Salt Esq. I am not sure, s orry

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      Buchanan Arms in Burbank and Andrias in the Ventura Marina.

    2. It' cant be found. I loved this place. Here is an anecdote: I was waiting in line here with a friend (circa 1982) and the line went way out the door through the patio. It was hot out, and I asked one of the older lady waitresses if we might have a beer while waiting in line. (Not unusual for this time period) She replied, "Aye, ye cannot, for everybody'd be wanting one!" Shortly thereafter, the waitress came and got my friend and I, and ushered us to a room in the back. The room was a break room for the waitresses. We were allowed to sit with the waitresses and drink imported beers while they rested their feet and talked shop. My best restaurant memory ever!

      1. Go to John O'Groats either on Pico, or the new one on Ventura Blvd. The one in the valley is open for dinner. They are the original owners of Bit of Scotland. When they closed it, they opened John O'Groats on Pico. They also used to have the best fried chicken, and they have it at the valley location. I haven't tried it yet, but I have been wanting to go.

        John O'Groats
        10516 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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          1. re: paprkutr

            Sorry not as good as Bit of Scotland

            1. re: paprkutr

              Last time I looked at an online menu for O'Groats, they didn't even have fish & chips listed, just a bunch of typical California yuppie fare.

              1. re: 7echo

                Might be time for that visit to the eye doc. It's the first thing listed online for the lunch menus for both the Encino and WLA O'Groats, and the Encino O'Groats has it listed first under their entree seafood selections for dinner (WLA does not serve dinner).

                1. re: Servorg

                  Not seeing the F&C is understandable; it gets kind of lost amidst the quesadillas, tacos, and burritos on their lunch special menu.

                  "O'Groats" is sure a strange name for a Mexican place.

                  1. re: Bjartmarr

                    I might say the F&C's could be overlooked if it were buried in the middle of the page somewhere, except for the fact that it's the very first thing on the lunch menu as you scroll down the page. Which kind of takes the mystery out of having to search for it.

                    And while the specials do have a Mexican flair the remainder of the menu is good solid American diner fare for the most part.

                  2. re: Servorg

                    Based on this older thread, I headed out to Encino O'Groats today for some fish & chips and found something even better in the office building next door. New place called BatterFish that lets you choose your type of fish (Cod, Tilapia, Salmon, Catish), choose your flavor of batter (Traditional, Chili, Curry, Lemon basil, garlic ginger), choose your type of chips. I had the curry and salmon. Probably the best fish and chips I've had in years.

                      1. re: SierraLima

                        I pass this place all the time. I've wondered about it, because of deep fried hot dogs and such. Thanks for a recommendation I can trust!

                        1. re: SierraLima

                          Just tried it tonight. Damn good.

                          I went traditional batter on some cod ($9.95) and on catfish ($7.95). Each entree had one large fish and a huge pile of chips or fries (you can get these in sweet potato versions as well.) The cod was as traditional as can be. Perfectly battered, surprisingly not very greasy, and not bland like the batter some places use. The catfish was thick and enormous. I actually like it better.

                          The chips are made from fresh potatoes. My warning is they don't travel well for takeout.

                          Great onion rings.

                          They deep fry burgers (say what?) and sausages too.

                          1. re: gr8pimpin

                            This isn't too far from my office. Thanks for the reports. May try it when the weather cools down. ;)

                  3. Ok, sorry, serious nostalgia trip on the Bit o Scotland restaurant. I grew up in Westwood and as a little girl my family and I ate at Bit O Scotland several times.I would gobble up plenty of fish and chips and yet for me the big deal was always the Scottish shortbread, It was melty perfection!

                    1. Northridge fish & chips is great for the fish. The chips are too thin. I've heard really good things about the Hot Red Bus in Alhambra, but I haven't tried them yet

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                        1. re: ZoeZ

                          10336 Reseda. When I crave fish & chips, it is usually the chippie version. Don't like the chips but I'm fine with his fish.

                        2. re: Kalivs

                          I have to disagree...I had a craving for f&c, was lazy and went to Northridge - hadnt been in quite some time - it wasn't good. I'm not liking the Encino O'Groats much period either. I like Robin Hood or Buchanan Arms.

                        3. If you are willing to travel... the only place I have found that has the best fish n chips is a place in Thousand Oaks, hole in the wall called: Thousand Oaks Fish & Chips

                          I drove by for years until my friend forced me to go there. The cod is gorgeous - remember to ask for light batter (unless, like me you like the thick batter). Moderate price.

                          Even further - I have heard (but never gone there) that there is a place in Santa Barb called Mac's Fish n Chips - people seem to really like it.

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                          1. re: toopie28

                            Mac's on State Street in SB is very good. They also do some traditional English meat pies. Worth visiting when you are up there.

                              1. re: wienermobile

                                For fried candy bars closer to LA, I noticed they were on the menu at Batterfish in Encino. Was too busy gorging on tasty fish and chips yesterday to try them, but they did look good. Will definitely be saving room for dessert next trip up that way.

                          2. Great fish & chips on Friday's at The Golden State on Fairfax.

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                            1. re: wienermobile

                              $8.00 for a hot dog? $10 for a tuna fish sammich? I don't think so....and no mention of fish & chips either.

                              1. re: 7echo

                                It's a Friday special and I believe it's $11 for a large portion.
                                Great burgers too.

                                1. re: wienermobile

                                  I must disagree. We tried the fish & chips special at GS once, and it was a really ridiculously sized slab of, greasy, under seasoned fish. The size of the thing was obscene, and that was unappetizing in and of itself.

                                  By way of comparison, I ended up tonight at Malibu Seafood on PCH with a gaggle of Brits in tow. We ordered several plates of fish & chips, shrimp & chips, and crab strips & chips. The shrimp were spectacular-- really crunchy and well seasoned. The fish was a really nice, ungreasy, healthy sized portion of fish-- slightly under seasoned, but not nearly to the same extent as GS fish & chips (the breading was nice & crispy and well seasoned, so this made up somewhat for the lack of seasoning in the fish). The clam strips were forgettable. Overall impression from the Brits: "Different from home, but very nice."

                                  Mr Taster

                            2. Not cheap but the pikey on sunset (old coach and horses) has a great fish and chips

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                              1. re: jessejames

                                i still have to make it there for F&C. one of my fave burgers in town, still.

                                1. re: TonyC

                                  Yeah a cool spot. All sorts of other good food and drinks. I need to try the burger!

                              2. 8.99 fish and chips
                                Big Willie's grill located in a liquor store in burbank

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                                1. re: ns1

                                  Seconded. Good stuff. Want some now.

                                  Mr Taster

                                  P.S. Willie may well be big, but if he is he doesn't boast of it on his signage.


                                2. Not really fish and chips but I do love Flossie's Catfish dinner.

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                                  1. Fisherman's Outlet, DTLA has good F&C and other fishy stuff.

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                                    1. re: mc michael

                                      If you can handle a few street people, Catch 21 is just up the block from Fisherman's Outlet. Good prices; the sole is great, and the owner is friendly.

                                      1. re: oldusedcop

                                        The street people keep to themselves there and I always get the sole.

                                    2. Was in the mood for some fish and chips for lunch today. Went to Fish Grill, on the north side of Wilshire in Brentwood between the CVS and the Ross. Two good-size pieces of fish, huge serving of fries, cup of slaw -- $8.95++ (I think a buck less than their online menu). Only disappointment was they were breaded, not battered.