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sway Oct 27, 2011 08:38 AM

Hi gang,
Having just come back from London and engaging in a fish and chips discussion with a British co-worker, we are now fighting a desperate craving for good fish and chips. Any recommendations for anything half decent within a 15 minute walk from King St W and John St? I've trawled through the hundreds of replies on Fish and Chips in the GTA, seems for downtown, the closest is Harbord, which is a bit too far for us to get to during lunch hour. Thanks!

  1. prima Oct 27, 2011 09:37 AM

    Rodney's by Bay.

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    Rodney's By Bay
    56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

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      mexivilla Oct 28, 2011 04:54 AM

      I was looking for F&C and would have tried Rodney's but it's not on the website menu and Rodney's on Bay website doesn't even have a menu.

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        julesrules Oct 28, 2011 07:51 AM

        http://rodneysbybay.com/Lunch.aspx
        Second Course : crispy fish and chips $18
        I haven't tried the fish part of this but the fries (which I get with the mussels) are good. And my friends order the FnC all the time :) It is best to make a reservation if you are eating in though. I find the crowd a little suit-y but we always feel welcome anyway.

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          Googs Oct 28, 2011 08:07 AM

          I'll happily verify that the fish & chips at Rodney's By Bay is worth every penny. Seriously, seriously good. My favourite in town in fact, but that could be the good wine, great service, and relaxing room talking.

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          Rodney's By Bay
          56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

    2. iMarilyn Oct 27, 2011 08:51 AM

      Queen & Beaver, closer to $20 tho.

      Plus one on the One that Got Away. And Fresco's in the Market.

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      Queen & Beaver
      35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

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      1. re: iMarilyn
        prima Oct 27, 2011 09:39 AM

        What kind of fish does the Queen & Beaver use? Is it haddock? The online menu lists fish & chips, but doesn't mention what kind.

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        Queen & Beaver
        35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G, CA

        1. re: prima
          iMarilyn Oct 27, 2011 11:10 AM

          Haddock last I had it. Huge portion, too.

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        gttahaveit Oct 27, 2011 08:48 AM

        +1 for Harbourd, but you may have read good review for Chippies on Queen. Under no circumstanses should you try them. Once, they were the de facto go-to place downtown, but sadly, no longer. My last 2 visits were simply horrible: old fish cook in old oil, resulting in a dark mahogany exterior (on both fish and potatoes) with an undercooked mushy interior on the fish, while the chips were semi-raw.
        Harbourd is just a short cab ride away!

        1. Manybears Oct 27, 2011 08:46 AM

          'The One That Got Away' is at King and Portland... it has had some mixed reviews but I like it.

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