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The best fish fries in Chicago

From Friday specials to daily offerings, here are our favorite spots for a fish and chips fix

Nick Murway
Fish & Chips

If you're observing Lent—or just love seafood—this is the season for fish and chips. From seafood restaurants to a spot for British food and some with amazing french fries, here's where to get your fish and chips fix.

Where to find a fish fry

Chief O’Neill’s Pub

Chief O'Neill's fish fry includes Harp lager–battered North Atlantic cod served with coleslaw, mushy peas and steak fries. There's also an all-you-can-eat special for an additional $2, although we're not entirely sure you need it—the regular serving is hefty all on its own. $15.

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Pleasant House Pub

Pleasant House Pub's new location in Pilsen is adorable, and it doubles as a great place to get a good fish fry. Available only on Fridays, the restaurant's fish and chips features beer-battered Lake Superior whitefish with fries and tartar sauce with Meyer lemons. 

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Lower West Side

Club 81 Too

This place packs them in for its fried chicken, but its fish fry specials attract the same fervent (and delicious) devotion. Whitefish ($8.95), lake perch fillet ($14.95) and more are available with sides of coleslaw, cottage cheese, fries and bread and butter.

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Owen & Engine

This quintessential spot for British food serves up its fish and chips all the time, with haddock and house-cut chips with a malt vinegar mayo, pea puree and sauce gribiche. $21.

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Logan Square

Revolution Brewing

The fish fry at Revolution Brewing is much like the brewpub's hoppy beers in that it's different than most others. The fish comes as three pieces of cod battered in an extra pale ale and sits on top of a serious bed of fries. On the side, a honey jalapeno slaw delivers a spicy but manageable kick and a sweet roasted red pepper remoulade departs from the traditional tartar dipping sauce. You won't find too much that's traditional about it, apart from the lemon wedge and malt vinegar. $14.

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Logan Square

The Gage

The Gage is a great spot for a traditional plate of fish and chips. The fish, fried in a Guinness batter, comes tucked in mock newspaper tissue (just like in the U.K.) and is served with sides of malt tartar sauce and a lemon wedge to drizzle as you please. Be sure to order a pint of Guinness for the perfect pairing. $19.

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Johnny's Grill

The fish and chips at Johnny’s Grill is about as authentic as you can get. Owner and head chef Sarah Jordan is from Ireland, and you can tell from this dish’s non-fussy taste and presentation. The catch of the day has a crisp breading and is served with house fries, tartar sauce and lemon. Though very simple, this fish fry means business. $13.

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Logan Square

The Northman

You'll get a big basket for your fish fry at the Northman. With crispy malt-cured Icelandic cod covered with a cider batter on a bed of chips with a malt mist and spicy gribiche, it's a hearty take on the traditional dish. Ask for a side of curried ketchup for your fries, they're the perfect accompaniment. $18.

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North Center