Fish and Chip Restaurant Reviews

Updated on June 10, 2019
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Finn Liam has a career in librarianship, having worked in a variety of library settings. He currently lives in Southern California.

A classic image of the recipe with lemon and garnish
A classic image of the recipe with lemon and garnish

A Brief History

It is written that fish and chips dates back to England in 1860, when a man named Joseph Malin opened a restaurant on Cleveland Street, in London.

Basically, battered fish with fried potatoes composes this dish. Popular seasonings include tartar sauce, vinegar, ketchup, and lemon.

It's become a bit of an American staple today and can be found in many restaurants and some sports parks. Other popular additions include shrimp, clams, crab cakes, and of course, hush puppies.

Fish and chips is a tasty alternative to hamburger or chicken strips.

Many people also desire a side salad, such as coleslaw.

Some Restaurants Are Better than Others

Of course, with the variety of restaurants that garnish the landscape, there are many choices to choose from.

Cod is the most popular type of fish served in the meal, although paddock—another white fish—is becoming a common substitute.

One would think that with a simple ingredient, that there probably isn't much difference in taste. Of course, some restaurants prefer to offer a frozen sample because it is most cost effective to store something that can be kept and easily prepared.

While the fresh type of fish is definitely more palatable, it may also be more expensive and is usually found in restaurants where seafood is a specialty.

With this article, I am sampling some of the more common eateries that may be found in your area and offer my opinion, and hopefully some advice.

You may agree or not, but if you are a fish and chips fan, please answer my survey questions in the article and leave a comment below.

H. Salt is one of my favorites, but it's hard to find.
H. Salt is one of my favorites, but it's hard to find.

Who's Who

Restaurant
Fish
Chips or sides
Overall
Coconut Joe's
4 Stars
3 Stars
4 Stars
Foster's Freeze
3.5 Stars
2 Stars
3.5 Stars
Long John Silver's
3 Stars
3 Stars
3 Stars
Wienerschnitzel
2 Stars
3 Stars
3 Stars
Popeyes
4 Stars
4 Stars
4 Stars
H Salt Fish and Chips
3 Stars
3 Stars
3 stars
West Coast Fish and Chips (Fresno)
5 stars
4.5 stars
5 stars
Rating from 1 to 5 (5 is the highest)
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Hand battered fish, fried crispyA nice ambiancePerfect with a side of pilafA clean, well-lit place
Hand battered fish, fried crispy
Hand battered fish, fried crispy
A nice ambiance
A nice ambiance
Perfect with a side of pilaf
Perfect with a side of pilaf
A clean, well-lit place
A clean, well-lit place

Coconut Joe's

Price: $15 (with beverage)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

If you ever happen to find yourself in Bakersfield, California, you might want to give this place a try. Located right off the 99, it's a quaint and popular beach-themed restaurant. In addition to their fish and chips, which they claim to be known for, you can also acquire a variety of meats and sandwiches.

The fish and chips are tender and delicious in a thin and crisp batter. Not the best I have ever had, but certainly worth a visit. The batter is clean, but a bit bland in my opinion. Not that batter has a taste, but it's one of those substances that kind of makes or breaks the fish.

The fries were all right. With fish and chips, there are a variety of kind you might encounter. Shoestring, crinkle, cross cut, crinkle steakm and steak fries among others.

Coconut Joe's served the natural cut fries. They almost seem as if they were cut there—but I highly suspect they are frozen.

Worth a visit.

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Foster's Freeze offers a generous sampleWith crinkle friesHot and authentic
Foster's Freeze offers a generous sample
Foster's Freeze offers a generous sample
With crinkle fries
With crinkle fries
Hot and authentic
Hot and authentic

Foster's Freeze

Price: $8.00

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

For a fast food place that specializes in hamburgers and shakes, this shop produces some pretty nice fish samples. They actually looked like they were hand battered and not frozen when served. They may have been for all I know.

Nice thin, samples in a crispy batter that tasted all right.

My one fault was with the fries which were burdened with that spicy paprika like drizzle.

The fish was sort of bland—I guess most fish is. I was surprised for a burger place. They were all right.

Would I write home about them? Probably not.

Would I try them again? Yes, without the fries, though.

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Long John Silver's is pretty standardCod is an option
Long John Silver's is pretty standard
Long John Silver's is pretty standard
Cod is an option
Cod is an option
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Long John Silver's

Price: $10.00

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Well, you probably would have guessed that I would have included LJS here. They're pretty much a given. I like to think of them as the McDonald's of seafood.

Not really the best—but it hits the spot when you are craving for something quick. You can get the white fish or cod, and even have it baked. My personal favorite—now defunct—is the beer battered style. Otherwise I would probably opt for the regular fish. It's not worth the extra price and the flavor is much better than the cod.

Often, it also depends on which LJS you go to. Different restaurants seem to produce different quality food. With the other options—shrimp (some places you can get crab and clams)—this place is fancy for a fast food establishment.

My favorite are the hush puppies.

Nice portions. I don't know if I can say that it is worth the price. I remember when you could get a complete meal for about four dollars.

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Wienerschnitzel
Wienerschnitzel
Wienerschnitzel

Wienerschnitzel

Price: $4.99 - $8.99

Rating: ⭐⭐ 1/2

Well, believe it or not, the company known for hot dogs and chili fries also offers a fish and chips as a dish.

Certainly not gourmet by any standards, the meal will suffice if you are hungry and looking for something that you may not have tried before.

Obviously frozen and pre-battered, the fish samples are long and thin—so they can go into a hot dog bun for the store's sandwiches. This leads one to believe that the portions are a little smaller than their competitor's pieces. Honestly, they are probably not, since each piece if about seven inches long.

As far as taste is concerned, they use a white fish and quite possibly whole fillets. It's definitely not cod and lacks the typical moister texture you get from higher-end shops.

The batter is thin and crispy and has a light taste to it that is appealing enough to compensate for the bland response from the meat.

Recommended if you want to try something new, but I would not go out of my way for it again.

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Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits
Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits
Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits

Popeyes

Price: $10

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Well, usually this place is pretty good. The fish is nice and spicy and you get thin strips of delicious tender meat, caked in a crunchy batter. A variety of sides include potatoes, fries, red beans and rice, and jambalaya.

The price is a little steep for fast food but the portions are pretty good, particularly if you were to get the fish and popcorn shrimp

Popeyes has a nice variety of items otherwise, and their Cajun-inspired sides are unique compared to your average restaurant.

Although not as good as your specialty place, Popeyes is definitely worth a try and fares very well.

H Salt Fish and Chips

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Restaurant is small, but niceFish Portions are all right
Restaurant is small, but nice
Restaurant is small, but nice
Fish Portions are all right
Fish Portions are all right
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H Salt Fish and Chips

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Price: About $16 for two fish, fries, pups and a drink.

Well, it was all right, but not what I expected. I hadn't been to an H Salt in many years and I recall the fish being thin and well cooked but tender and delicious.

I think this time, the fish was frozen - it wasn't previously.

Mine was a little under cooked in some areas and overcooked in others. The batter was thin and tasty, but everything else was sort of bland.

The fries were "fresh cut" and okay, but I like mine crispier on the outside.

The hush puppies were what I remember though. They are good, but kind of salty and side is six pups. That's quite a bit. And the food is expensive.

Overall, not really worth it. LJS is just as good.

West Coast Fish and Chips - Fresno, CA

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fish and chips and prawsgiant prawns; nice portions of fooda clean, well-lit placenice colors and the coastal motif
fish and chips and praws
fish and chips and praws
giant prawns; nice portions of food
giant prawns; nice portions of food
a clean, well-lit place
a clean, well-lit place
nice colors and the coastal motif
nice colors and the coastal motif

West Coast Fish and Chips (Fresno, CA)

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Contact information:

4639 N Fresno St,

Fresno, CA 93726

(559) 229-8282


Well this place is absolutely the best place for Fish and Chips in the Central Valley and perhaps even the West Coast.

A proud sign proclaims "London Style" as you enter the clean, well kept establishment. Everything seems new and pristine. The seating is comfortable. You can tell the owners care about their place because it is so well kept up.

The food itself is delicious. Fish is tender and flaky the way fish should be. The batter is thin and crisp with just the right flavor. You can get french fries, cole slaw, okra or hush puppies. I don't think they serve pilaf anymore.

This has been a favorite of mine for years. The price is just right too. You can get a one piece meal with a side of your choice for about five dollars. The fish portions are large and even a well practiced eater would probably be filled with two pieces.

Give this place a try if you are in the Fresno area and if you live here, you probably already know about the place.


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      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Liam Cooper 

        3 months ago from Los Angeles

        That is about 6 to 8 us dollars. I guess that is close, although now with inflation and the minimum wage rising you cannot get much below ten. Higher end shops are more expensive of course. And then Australia is a country, but also an island.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Well, with the fish you always have a choice of battered or crumbed. The chips vary but they are usually thick and straight cut rather than French fries, occasionally they are beer battered as well and in most cases made from freshly cut potatoes rather than frozen. $8 to $11 Aus is the normal price range for regular fish and chips.

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Liam Cooper 

        3 months ago from Los Angeles

        I wonder if your fish is battered the way ours is and if your chips are French fries like ours. I heard a british couple - they sounded english - in an in and out restaurant once talking about the chips and how he wasn't sure if they were like the ones they had at home.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I can't comment on any of these food venues as we don't have any of them in Australia, but as fish and chips is one of our favourite takeaway meals hee there are fish and chip shops everywhere and almost every cafe, restaurant, and hotel serves it. A cafe called The Busy Bee is one of my favourites due mainly to the large serving of fish and chips and the flavour.

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        Liam Cooper 

        3 months ago from Los Angeles

        Well LJS was a favorite of mine years ago - I thought it was the best. It has slowly gone downhill

        I tried catfish a year or so back and it was pretty good. I hear it's a pretty strange activity trying to prepare them to cook...a bit bizarre.

        I think a lot of food has either gone downhill or when you get older, your taste buds change or you just get used to things

        thanks for the feedback

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        Wesman Todd Shaw 

        3 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

        Long John Silver's is a fave of mine. I've not been to one in many years, and I don't see them too often any more. I'm a guy living in North Texas. We had one ten or so miles away, in the next town, and as a child my parents would go there somewhat often. I always loved the fried fish, and I especially loved it with the malt vinegar.

        Myself, being a bit of a fisherman, as I've had more luck fishing than with hunting - I have fried fish at home with tartar sauce, but of course where I live, I'm talking about fresh water fish, such as bass, and catfish.

        While bass is not especially noteworthy as tasting different from common white fish, the catfish is very different, and of course there are many, many kinds of catfish across the world, and even here in my area of Texas, there are several varieties of catfish one may catch in ponds, lakes, rivers or creeks.

        It's all wonderful with the tartar sauce.

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