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Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips

jeff55432 Apr 21, 2013 09:27 PM

Anyone remember this chain? I can only remember the one in Falcon Heights, but I guess there were other locations around the cities. I was only 5-6 years old when my parents used to go there and I had no clue what good fried fish was back then, but I do remember the small bottles of malt vinegar that was at every table and I loved pouring it over the fries (chips).

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    JimGrinsfelder RE: jeff55432 Apr 22, 2013 05:05 AM

    I remember them in Indiana when I was a kid. If you want Fish & Chips today, I'd recommend (in no particular order), Mac's on Larpenteur, Brit's on Nicollet Mall or Anchor on 13th NE near University NE.

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      steve_in_stpaul RE: jeff55432 Apr 22, 2013 06:14 AM

      I remember seeing one along Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Park or maybe Brooklyn Center, maybe 30 years ago. There were nowhere near as many ATs here as there were back East. I do remember much preferring AT to Long John Silver's, which just struck me as a greasy parade of fried *everything*.

      1. ibew292 RE: jeff55432 Apr 22, 2013 06:27 AM

        There were two chains doing fish back then I don't remember the others name. It seems to me what killed them was that someone found a worm in one of the pieces of fish. This is the worm I remember it was about.
        The 'cod worm', which is often found in cod, is also found in many other species. Its scientific name is Phocanema decipiens; other outdated scientific names are Porrocaecum decipiens or Terranova decipiens. It grows up to 4 cm long in fish, and varies in colour from creamy white to dark brown. It is frequently found in the flesh of fish, particularly in the belly flaps, where it often remains for long periods curled up and encased in a sac-like membrane produced by the fish tissue.

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          hbg1 RE: ibew292 Apr 22, 2013 12:17 PM

          This post apparently was moved from the MSP board before I saw it, but I believe the second chain you're thinking of was called something like "Number 10 Downing". We used to go to one on Snelling when I was a kid, and we loved that place. The fish and the malt vinegar seemed really exotic back then. After they closed we would go to an Arthur Treacher's that was a little further away.

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            mucho gordo RE: ibew292 May 1, 2013 12:50 PM

            There are/were a few fish/chip chains and none of them seemed to make it big. In the SoCal area, I don't think Arthur Treacher's lasted very long. H. Salt is still around but they don't seem to have many locations. The most popular one now is Long John Silver's.

          2. monkeyrotica RE: jeff55432 Apr 22, 2013 06:38 AM

            There's one left in Washington DC. They sell a lot of Korean food.


            There used to be another Korean run Arther Treachers off Route 1 in Fairfax, VA, but it has since folded, replaced with a tacqueria.The only major fried fish chain left in the area is Long John Silvers, which I find inedible.

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              alkapal RE: monkeyrotica May 2, 2013 03:26 PM

              monkeyrotica, there also used to be one near fairfax circle (at 29 and 50), so i looked online to see if it was still there. i can't really tell from my cursory search, except to see that there is some "pudgie's chicken" chain all over metro dc area (including NOVA) that is also selling "arthur treacher's fish and chips."

              as to long john silver's, i too find it inedible. i grew up in florida, and back in the day (when LJS was a new chain) they had very good food (for the type).

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                njmarshall55 RE: alkapal May 3, 2013 07:17 AM

                Based on my previous post, it looks like the last of the AT stores were combos with other food outlets..

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                  ttoommyy RE: njmarshall55 May 3, 2013 07:41 AM

                  In the NYC metro area they seemed to merge with Nathan's Hot Dogs in mall food courtss and other such types of venues.

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              pine time RE: jeff55432 Apr 22, 2013 06:54 AM

              We ate at Arthur Treacher's in Kentucky. I don't recall a LJS in the area, at least not in the 60s-early 70s.

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                jujuthomas RE: jeff55432 Apr 22, 2013 12:55 PM

                i loved that place when I was a kid! Long John Silvers just didn't cut it for me when AT went out ... 'course now that I've had the real thing... :)

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                  libgirl2 RE: jeff55432 Apr 25, 2013 01:08 PM

                  I loved that place and still miss it.

                  1. njmarshall55 RE: jeff55432 Apr 26, 2013 01:23 PM

                    Most indubitedly (sp?)! Their products were far and away better than Long John Craplers. Here in CT, the closest one to me was actually a combo of ATF&C/Nathan's/Kenny Rogers Roasters...all in one. It closed just a couple of months ago and is missed by many.

                    1. ttoommyy RE: jeff55432 May 3, 2013 07:14 AM

                      I worked at one in NJ where there were quite a few as I remember. I was a fry cook there. It was my first job in HS at age 16. I used to come home smelling like grease and fish. No one would come near me until I took a shower. I worked with mostly college aged kids who would go out drinking afterwards. I was big for 16 and the legal drinking age was 18 then, so I used to go out with them. Great memories!

                      Also, we used to be allowed to eat all the fish (triangular shape) we wanted but had to pay for the chicken (round) if we wanted it. We got around this by cutting the chicken into a triangle. After it was battered and fried, no one knew the difference!

                      BTW...did you know there was a real Arthur Treacher? He was a British character actor, mostly known in this country as Merv Griffin's sidekick on the nighttime Merv Griffin talk show from the 60s-80s, if memory serves me right.

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