Whether you're observing Lent or you just love crispy, crunchy seafood, this is the best season for fish and chips. You can find the English delicacy at the city's top seafood restaurants, several British outposts and a slew of bars all over town. The best part? You'll get to try some of Chicago's best French fries while you're at it. Here's where to get your fish and chips fix.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.