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We used to enjoy Mac's, many years ago, before they made changes that IMO brought the quality down.

For a while we contented ourselves with a nearby Doolittle's as it was close and not awful. They've discontinued that dish.

Made a trip to try Anchor; found it to be fairly heavy and greasy. Decent tartar sauce helped cut the oiliness. Fish itself was tasty, and portions very generous, but it was not as light (even given that the dish is not on the light end of the continuum) as I would have liked.

Any current recommendations for really good fish and chips (esp. where the chips are not an after-thought)?

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  1. Try Yum Kitchen in SLP. The fish and chips is pretty light and the taste of the fish comes through loud and clear instead of just breading. And the fries are great.

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    1. re: parallevar

      parallevar, can you say what makes great fries for you?

      1. re: Josie

        Agreed. Found myself there a few weeks ago and was really impressed. Better than Anchor, IMO.

        1. re: kevin47

          Josie and kevin47, what made it better than Anchor, IYOs?

      2. you might try the second mac's (on 54th street near lyndale) to see how they compare to the old one. I thought the larger dining area and better ventilation made a nice improvement.

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        1. re: zfwp

          I actually like the atmosphere at the St Paul Mac's; it's the food quality that we find has suffered... Doubt that's any different.

        2. Well, I like the fish at both Highland Grill and Brit's, but I have to admit that the chips are pretty much an afterthought at both places. Brit's has those super thick-cut plank-style fries, which I really like, but most people seem not to. And Highland Grill's are fine, but nothing to write home about.

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          1. re: gildeddawn

            I like thick-cut fries, too.

            (Especially dislike fries that are breaded!)

          2. Ward 6. Chips are wonderful because both they and the fish are fried in tallow.

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            1. re: shoo bee doo

              I second Ward 6. We've been there several time and I can't branch out because I love the fish and chips so much. The malt vinegar mayo that comes with it is addicting.

              1. re: shoo bee doo

                Fish, fried in beef fat...? Seems odd, to me. But I must admit I have no idea what these other establishments fry theirs in. Hmm

                1. re: Enso

                  I think the fish in beef fat is somewhat common in the UK.

                  EDIT: That's what McDonald's fried their fries in eons ago before they turned them into a chemistry experiment.

              2. I've always enjoyed the fish at the St Clair Broiler in St Paul at Snelling & St Clair. Their AYCE Friday fish fry is year round.

                1. We ended up at Claddagh (sp?) in Maple Grove. On Mondays they offer a 2-for-1 special, which is a pretty good deal. Will look into the other suggestions--thanks!

                  1. Anchor: Have been there for F&C perhaps half a dozen times - have never encountered greasiness in their fish - ? Don't care for their chips much and wish the fish was saltier. I like medium salt, for the sake of reference. Like the high quality of the fish and the crisp batter.

                    Ward 6: Just OK. Fish itself was of much lesser quality than the Anchor, so that kind of ruined it for me. Chips were considerably better than average but not great.

                    Would like to try Merlin's Rest and Yum! Kitchen.

                    I think's it's important for the restaurant to source high-quality fish for F&C - the quality difference between Anchor and Ward 6 was striking.

                    1. Obb's has good fish, but the chips seem to be a Sysco after-thought. However, you can substitute a baked potato or their homemade au gratin's, which are very yummy! I heard that over lent they went through 13,000 pounds of fish and 180 gallons of tartar sauce.

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                      1. re: ssioff

                        There's an idea--next time I'll ask to sub. something for the fries; it's does get to be a lot of fried sameness...thanks for the idea!

                      2. Dragon & The George on 50th Street, near Penn.

                        I am not big into F&C, but my friend who is, he loves their version.

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                        1. re: JimGrinsfelder

                          Perhaps you meant George and the Dragon? I like it your way though :).

                          1. re: american_idle

                            I think there is a Dragon & The George in Shelbyville.

                          2. re: JimGrinsfelder

                            George & The Dragon rocks, I love their fish & chips, but all the food I've had there is good. Try the beef rib toastie sandwich! Also the fried green beans are awesome, although it gets to be a bit too much fried food at times. I liked the couple of curries I've tried there too.

                          3. For frozen, Trident is really not too bad, it is better than most I have had in restaurants. For the vinegar, Gilway is better, I found it long ago at Byerly's.