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Feb 9, 2003 04:36 PM

Austin Fisn and Chips

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Where can I find the best fish & chips in Austin?

I've tried Mother Egan's (mediocre pre-breaded frozen variety) Dog & Duck (not bad) and Fado's (also not bad).

I have yet to find a place that blows me away. Please fill me in on your Austin fave.

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  1. I think you'll find it hard to experience any fish and chips that will really blow you away. At the end of the day, really great fish and chips is still just fish and chips. Sure you can get terrible, mediocre, good, and even really good f&c, but the scale doesn't go up to 'blown away' -- this is true even at the best chippies in London (Fryer's Delight, and Rock & Sole Plaice in case you're interested).

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    1. re: John D.

      Has a great fish n chips place called Zeke's Fish and Chips. Excellent fried cod, fries and veggies. Good avocado sandwiches also.

      1. re: John D.
        Bob (a lover of fish and chips)

        "I think you'll find it hard to experience any fish and chips that will really blow you away. At the end of the day, really great fish and chips is still just fish and chips."

        Not only did you fail to respond to my query, your above-quoted statement demonstrates that you have no grasp of the meaning of "fish and chips." Blasphemy!!

        1. re: Bob (a lover of fish and chips)

          "Not only did you fail to respond to my query,"

          Certainly true. And for good reason. I guess I'm a foodie trapped in the body of a chowhound. Here's my new answer: Go to Central Market, buy some fresh cod, and go to work.

          "you have no grasp of the meaning of 'fish and chips.'"

          Please edumacate me. I'd love to hear a world-class description of the joys of eating fish and chips. Is it the texture, the flavour of the fish, the flavour of the oil, the skill of making a deep-fried food tasty ungreasy, the colour of it all as the ink seeps from the tabloid newsprint into the food? I'd love to know what you see.

          1. re: John D.
            Bob (a lover of fish and chips)

            I am appalled at your use of the sacred words "deep fried." I refuse to entertain your offer to educate you. It would be a wasted effort. Perhaps your posts would be better appreciated on the Bon Crappetit message board. Good luck.

            1. re: John D.

              I had a crabby, unnecessarily unpleasant, rude, impossible-to-please S.O.B. of a first husband that I thought had probably died. But now I'm not so sure.

              Mike - is that you, posting under another name???

              1. re: ChrissieH

                Now cut that out! There's no need for us to be snide and crabby to each other. Bob, tell us what qualities you seek in fish and chips and perhaps someone will be able to lead you to the fish of your dreams.

                Let's remember that this site exists as a forum to exchange information about food, not verbal fisticuffs.

                1. re: Greg Spence

                  Okay, Greg Spence. I'll be good. I promise.

                  And I agree that we should encourage Bob-That-Really-Likes-Fish-&-Chips to keep posting and searching, despite being told that he is a complete idiot for even enjoying it.

                2. re: ChrissieH

                  You get the prize for funniest Texas post of the week, Chrissie!

                  1. re: Kirk

                    Thanks. I'm glad to know I give someone the giggles. Besides myself, I mean.

          2. Go to Christie's Seafood Restaurant. They have the best fish and chips in town and have been in business since 1917...


            1. Not only will you not find good fish and chips in Austin, it is my opinion, from a lifetime of searching, that you will be hard pressed to find good fish and chips anywhere in the United States. I lived in Western Australia from age 12 to 15, and while I don't have a lot of good things to say about Australian cuisine, I can never, will never forget the unbelievable goodness of the fish and chips that we used to buy by the side of the road near the beach. It may be the rose-colored memory of nostalgia, but I don't think so. I also learned to enjoy canned spaghetti on toast for breakfast, but I don't yearn for it.
              I can't say what it was that made it so good, but it's never been matched in any fish and chips offerings anywhere in the States that I have tried, from San Francisco to Boston. The only thing I can think of is that here, when I pick up a piece of fish, it's always one stiff piece that lifts without flexing or bending, and when I bite in, there's a neat crescent-shaped bite mark. In my golden memory, I had to eat carefully, with two hands because it was very fragile. And once you took a bite, compromising the crispy crust, the whole structure was liable to collapse. Tender, is the word I think I'm looking for.

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              1. re: karrie

                Interesting post. It makes me wonder if the type of fish used in Australia might be part of the reason you can't locate it in the States.

                I know when I lived in Panama, I became addicted to the ceviche. I even got to where I made it myself and it was just as good as most restaurants.

                In the States, I can't seem to replicate it. I'm certain it's because I cannot get the same kind of fresh fish that they used there.

              2. Best I've tastes are at the Dog and Duck. Always a pleaser. The food is great; enormous portions, the malt vinegar is authentic and quite a good brew selection to compliment. Another advantage is plenty of free parking and a delicious friendly meal for about ten bucks a person. Worth a try!