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Nov 17, 2011 06:07 PM

Fish and Chips - Scotty Simpson's (Westside Detroit)

DH and I finally made it to Scotty's last weekend for fish and chips. I fell in love - the food, the decor that probably hasn't changed since the place opened and the waitress who has probably been there as long as the decor, who nodded and smiled a clueless smile when I told her I heard about the place through Chowhound. :)

We both got the traditional fish and chips dinner. The best part about it was the tarter sauce. Oh wow...I wish they sold the stuff...I'd buy a gallon.

I'd venture to say this is the best F&C in the Detroit area. If you think there's a better place, please let me know. For the last 2 months (since our trip to Toronto where I had some darn good F&C I've been on a quest here in Detroit to find the best).

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  1. You can stop your search, as you've found the best I've ever eaten. Every blessed thing about that meal is great, though you're right: the house tartar sauce is just ethereal. I can't think of another tartar sauce I'll even *eat*, much less enjoy. I should also add that I prefer it when they do the chips extra crispy, which I'll ask them to do. Makes them better.

    There's better in Toronto? Really?

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    1. re: boagman

      What's funny to me are those little cups they serve the tarter sauce in! We had a small collection of them by the time we were done eating!

      I found some seriously good fish and chips at St. Lawrence Market (Busters?) and also at Kensington Market.

      1. re: tdmort

        Been ages since I've been up to Toronto, but I still loved (and continue to think highly of) that great city. If I get up there anytime soon, I'll have to check that out...but there are *so many* quality dining options in Toronto that I'd have a hard time deciding, I'd think.

        Yeah, the little tartar sauce cups are tradition, there. Cuts down on waste, for sure, and you can have as many of them as you like if you're eating there. I had five myself, last night!

        Something you may *not* know: if you're getting food to go from Scotty's, pretty much everything's separated from the fish and chips. Coleslaw, roll, and tartar sauce are all *not* included, and must be paid for separately. The tartar sauce comes in two sizes, priced at $.10 for the standard little cups that you're used to, and a $.50 cup that's quite a bit bigger.

        So, in a way, they do sell their tartar sauce...just not in any real capacity by which you could get, say, a bottle's worth or something. Which, come to think of it, is probably a good thing: I know that stuff clogs my arteries like nobody's business, but I just don't care!

        1. re: boagman

          DH and I were in Toronto last month and I completely Fell In Love!! The melding of the cultures provides so many delicious dining options that we could have ate for a month solid and had a huge variety! I still need to get over to that board and post a trip report!

          Thanks for the tip on takeout at Scotty's! Unfortunately (or fortunately for my cholesterol level) I live a bit to far to do carry out. It may be a bit weird, but I prefer lemon on my fish and tarter sauce on my fries. Although their tarter sauce was so good I used it on both my fish and my fries (a double whammy on the fat intake). I'm curious about other menu options - have you had anything other than the traditional fish and chips dinner? While there I heard one person order shrimp and other the perch.

          1. re: tdmort

            I've had a frog leg once (didn't do all that much for me), but I've never had anything other than the cod as an entree. Lots of people do, though, with apparently great results.

            I will say this: Scotty Simpson's onion rings are absolutely top-notch in my book. They are *ridiculously* good, and they're revered far and wide as well.

            I've never done F&C carryout from Scotty's either...I always eat it there. My point was more about the tartar sauce being able to be bought for carryout. Fried food on the whole doesn't stand up to the carryout experience very well, no matter how good it is.

            1. re: tdmort

              I had the perch there and thought it was darn good.

              Those for whom the west side of Detroit isn't convenient should check out the new Scotty's in downtown Brighton. Ambiance—less cool (they share space with another restaurant that does breakfast). Food—darn near the same as far as I can tell.

              1. re: Jim M

                That's good to know. I've made a couple visits to the original, but the Brighton location is probably more convenient for me (Walled Lake/Commerce.) At least the original isn't too far off of Telegraph. I wonder how long the Seafood Bay down the street lasted.

                1. re: Fibber McGee

                  Good to know about the O-Rings. I will have to give them a try. You never know with them...if you're going to get a ton of greasy breading and little onion taste, although I should have guessed the breading wouldn't be too heavy considering the fish is so darn good.

                  Also good to know about the perch. I'm a fan - and I'll have to give it a try.

                2. re: Jim M

                  Thanks for this tip, Jim. It took me a bit to locate Scotty's in Brighton, since it operates inside Lynn's Cafe, and the signage outside isn't very evident. (We passed right by the brick building.) We enjoyed our visit there very much. My husband loves fish and chips and, unbeknown to me, had fond memories of the original Scotty's from his childhood. When we walked in the door to Lynn's, he stopped and said "I know this smell." The fish tasted just as he remembered it as well. He was impressed with every aspect of his meal - cole slaw had a mild, balanced, fresh flavor, the tarter sauce was nicely pickle-y, and the fish was stellar. The fries were unexpectedly good. They are "homemade", which I take to mean fresh cut, and must be fried in lard because they have a distinct flavor(pleasing, in a carnival fare sort of way).
                  I had the Blackstone benny with house potatoes, and my meal was fully pleasing as well, but that's for another post.
                  I liked the atmosphere at Lynn's/Scotty's, but I haven't been to the original Scotty's to compare. It's clean and modern with lots of windows. We will return!

                  1. re: tokyo

                    Where's the Like button on this thing? Yes, as Tokyo notes, it's a little difficult to find—it's on a small side street, and the signage isn't good. Use GPS/map programs.

                    1. re: Jim M

                      Nevermind. I just realized you were discussing the Brighton location ...

        2. Living Social has a 'deal' today for SSF&C. Spend $5 and get $10-off:

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          1. re: rainsux

            Oh, you beat me to it, RS. Just bought the maximum number they allowed me to get (2), and was coming to post here about the deal. This is just sweet. Thanks for being quick on the draw!

            1. re: boagman

              Great minds think alike!! I was just coming to post about the LS deal. I also bought as a "gift" - sure it is. A gift for DH so he can take me to Scotty's! Have a great day people!!