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Dec 1, 2005 02:53 PM

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.