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food wars, part dos- ballard fish and chips

macsak Jul 19, 2013 10:51 AM

i've been to red mill burgers, so i'm intrigued by the idea of the totem house, where i can try their fish and chips and get a burger (going with my mom, so we can get both)

but i also have read in the past that other choices are better for F & C
what is the current thinking?

mahalo (thanks) in advance

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    LemonyRoux RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 01:02 PM

    I suggest you drive a little farther west and check out the sandwiches at Paseo instead. I've not been impressed by Red Mill's fish-n-chips. But if that's what you are really hankerin' for, my favorite in Seattle are served at Little Chinook's at Fishermen's Terminal - just across the Ballard bridge.

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      macsak RE: LemonyRoux Jul 19, 2013 01:12 PM

      paseo's is on the list as a sure thing
      fish and chips is for another day only IF we have free time

      mahalo (thanks) for your input

    2. kaleokahu RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 02:40 PM

      Hi, macsac:

      If you haven't been to Totem House nee Red Mill, you should go. The old TH was a great Seattle landmark. The owners, the longhouse construction, the good that they did for the Native community all bespeak of the place's mana. Good on Red Mill for preserving a little bit of that tradition.

      BUT, the fish & chips there are just OK. If you like F&C at places like Spud or Ivar's, then you'll like them here. IMO, they're on a par with The Lockspot just a long block east of TH. Unfortunately, the class act of the hood, Ballard Alehouse, is gone.

      If you want excellent burgers AND excellent F&Cs, I would recommend Pacific Inn in Fremont.


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        forkit RE: macsak Jul 19, 2013 02:52 PM

        The best fish and chips I have had recently were at Marination Ma Kai on Harbor Ave near Alki.

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          kaleokahu RE: forkit Jul 19, 2013 10:01 PM

          Hi, forkit:

          I'll try it!

          Like anything near Ballard?


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            mrnelso RE: kaleokahu Jul 22, 2013 12:14 AM

            The Fish Basket food truck is at Chuck's once or twice a week and have good F&C and a GREAT fish taco.

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              christy319 RE: mrnelso Jul 22, 2013 09:42 AM

              +1 on the Fish Basket truck. Look at their website or FB page for locations.

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                mrnelso RE: christy319 Jul 22, 2013 07:36 PM

                Serious business: I've been paying attention since "fish-taco" started showing up in Seattle, and have ventured to sample the pathetic things from time to time, just to keep my discrimination up-to-date. Twenty or thirty years later, my discipline has finally paid-off at Fish Basket. This fish taco stands proudly, its knowingly combined flavors and textures making little celebrations in the mouth. Bravo.

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                  kaleokahu RE: mrnelso Jul 22, 2013 09:19 PM

                  You just sold some tacos!

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                    Brunhilde RE: mrnelso Jul 23, 2013 10:21 AM

                    I haven't had an edible fish taco since I moved here from San Diego, so I'll have to try this out!

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                      kaleokahu RE: mrnelso Jul 23, 2013 10:28 AM

                      Hey mrnelso:

                      What does FB use for their tortillas? Tell me they use hand-formed fried corn ones, and I will pogo their truck wherever it goes.


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                        mrnelso RE: kaleokahu Jul 23, 2013 02:58 PM

                        I remember, I think, a wistful reflection that they would do better to get Trader Joe's "hand formed" corn torts than what they did, but it was good. Really good. I guess you'll need to be ready for Mango relish in there. I liked it.

            2. allisonw RE: macsak Jul 24, 2013 03:29 PM

              Chinook's or Ivar's are both good.

              Lockspot is very unimpressive.

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