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Fish & Chips, a British staple and godsend

 
 
Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 11:27 am
What's your favorite source of fish and chips? Beer battered or not?

Wound up at The Roof At Whole Foods a couple of Fridays ago. Seriously enjoyed their special, fried pollock with ground up pretzels in the batter. One of the best fish and chips I have ever experienced. ‪#‎mindblowing‬
http://i59.tinypic.com/11kihs6.jpg

Love the fish & chips at A Salt & Battery.
http://www.asaltandbattery.com/

Also enjoyed the Brit dish at The Atlantic ChipShop.
https://www.facebook.com/ChipShopPub
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contrex
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 11:39 am
One of those "British" dishes that is mainly enjoyed by foreigners these days. I'm not saying it's extinct in the UK, by no means, but it's not a staple any more.
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 11:52 am
@contrex,
contrex wrote:

One of those "British" dishes that is mainly enjoyed by foreigners these days. I'm not saying it's extinct in the UK, by no means, but it's not a staple any more.

That's sad. Sad #cloggedarteriesoflove
ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 12:24 pm
I think I've only had fish and chips once, but that's a good memory. It was in Chicago in 2006 when a2k folk met at a pub on the north side. Forget the pub's name but someone else here who was there may remember it.

Oops, I ordered fish a couple of times here in Albuquerque. Those don't count: the batter was made of concrete, in both restaurants.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 12:24 pm
@tsarstepan,
Ill eat em once or twice a year. Im not really orgasmic about deep fried foods except broasted chicken drums.

When I ate a lot of F&C yeas ago, Id eat on the road and would look for a chain called ARTHUR TREACHERS. They had a really good vinegar suce and the fish werent lava hot and the fries were AMERKN STYLE (lardy lardy).
I think Id woof it up if I saw one of thise places today. The only thing that panko is good for (in my taste realm) is cod or pollock or tommycod, fried in a panko batter laden with spices.

Tastes change.


I got a damn ticket last summer in Rehoboth for feeding seagulls my fries that came with the frid fish.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 12:26 pm
@tsarstepan,
A big reason why we, as a ntion are so fuckin fat, is that they serves us a bucket of food and we eat it all up. One piece of fish and a cup of fries is a satisfying meal. Anything more is gluttony
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 12:32 pm
Indeed, the fish 'n chips in Chicago was very good.

I had some good fish 'n chips in Padstow - not from Stein's Fish & Chips restaurant/takeaway but from a real local.
The best ever, however, was in St. Columb Major in the Ring O'Bells, a pub and restaurant. We went there more than once ...
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 12:34 pm
They haven't gone away. The number of fish and chip shops has gone down from 35,000 in 1927 to around 10,000 today, and on average Britons eat a fish-and-chip meal 6 times a year. Those shops face competition from Doner kebab, burger, Chinese, Indian, fried chicken etc outlets, and also many fish-and-chip shops also sell chicken, meat pies, and things like that.

Basically the British population has changed in many ways since the 1920s. What has happened, however, is that fish-and-chips has moved upmarket. There are now gourmet fish restaurants where you will find more varieties of fish and interesting batter recipes, like the ones you described.

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ossobuco
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 12:53 pm
@Walter Hinteler,
I remember that you did have at least ok fish in Albuquerque, at the Indigo Crow, but it wasn't batter fried or fried at all. I speak as a west coast of California woman, where good fish is available - not that it isn't on the east coast or in the UK.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 1 Apr, 2015 01:41 pm
@ossobuco,
I forgot that visit in the Indigo Crow.

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What I really do you remember vividly are my stays in England in the 60's, when I had had fish 'n chips wrapped in a newspaper and the fish coming coming out of a basket, which came straight from the cutter ...
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 10:03 am
@farmerman,
farmerman wrote:
They had a really good vinegar suce


What's wrong with vinegar? We don't get vinegar sauces over here.

Unfortunately bad fish and chips like a bad curry is bloody horrible. There aren't many good chip shops in Southampton so I go to Harry Ramsden's. It's a chain, but it makes decent fish and chips.

As a general rule if somewhere does fish and chips, donna kebabs, curry and pizza, they don't tend to make any of them well.

There was a brilliant chip shop just down the road from me, it changed owners and they put a donna kebab machine in, and the fish and chips went downhill immediately. I only went there once after they changed owners, once was enough.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 10:19 am
@farmerman,
I remember Arthur Treachers. It was fun to go there when we visited the US. I thought it was so cooool that there were fish and chip chains there.

We had a great little fish and chip resto above the fresh store in my hometown. Murphys. I still judge claim chowder against the chowder they served at Murphys.

For some reason, Toronto has a fair number of fish and chip shops. Strange, given that we're so far from any ocean ... but fresh fish is flown in several times a day so we can get some excellent fish and chips.
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 10:41 am
@ehBeth,
The best fish 'n chips in continental Europe are made here

http://i62.tinypic.com/2iu6x75.jpg

http://i57.tinypic.com/jgih6q.jpg
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 10:46 am
@Walter Hinteler,
there are photos of a family get-together there in an album (wherever that album has gone to live)

mostly my uncle and me giving the Scholle two thumbs up at the Stammtisch
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Thomas
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 10:58 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
What's your favorite source of fish and chips? Beer battered or not?

My personal favorite is the beer-battered variety of fish and chips --- minus the fish and the batter.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 11:24 am
@ehBeth,
a secret is that deep fried walleye is superior to any codfish. (IMHO)

Mybe you were celebrating the ample walleye from your Northern waters
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 11:26 am
@farmerman,
I'll have my walleye panfried, not deep-fried.

Preferably at a cottage, cooked over a campfire, served with hot potato salad (with crispy bacon on top).
farmerman
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 11:56 am
@ehBeth,
gotta be good to cook over a campfire. too much variability in heat.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 2 Apr, 2015 12:04 pm
@farmerman,
Luckily it's part of my skill set Cool
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alice20
 
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Reply Fri 3 Apr, 2015 02:52 am
I eat em once or twice a month
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