Where to find a fish fry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.