Sitting on the dock of the bay, or a patio downtown, or in the cool comfort of an air conditioned restaurant, nothing says summertime like fish and chips.
Here are the city’s top 5 spots:
213 Augusta Ave
A light batter and even lighter fish is still mighty satisfying, thanks to large pieces of fish. Select from haddock, cod, halibut, salmon, lobster and crab cakes and regular batter or Miss Vickie’s extra crispy batter - for an extra buck. The fries are superb, as is the coleslaw.
There is also a variety of chicken (wings, boneless wings, tenders and sandwich), sandwiches and chilis, as well as sides (sweet potato fries, onion rings, deep-fried pickles, battered mushrooms, mozza sticks, poutine) available, which is great. But it’s the fish and chips (some of which is Ocean Wise approved) that’s the main attraction.
2638 Danforth Ave
Established in 1930, Duckworth’s is all about consistency and classic fish and chips. A modern convenience? They now deliver Wed-Sat!
The focused menu has it all - their famous Premium West Coast Halibut and Chips or choose haddock, blue cod, sole, shrimp, scallops. Sides are simple – chips, bread and butter, coleslaw and gravy.
An added bonus? Homemade pies (berry, lemon meringue, and pumpkin, in season). Whipped cream is an extra 50 cents.
p.s. They also have a location in Scarborough at 2282 Kingston Road.
954 Queen St E
Reliable is another long-standing restaurant specializing in fish and chips.
The cozy restaurant features halibut, haddock and cod, wild pacific salmon, Nova Scotia scallops, breaded/coconut/jalapeno popcorn shrimp, fried clam strips, chicken fingers, and chowder, available for take out or dining in.
The crispy light batter is flavourful, but never overwhelms the seafood, and the spray bottles for vinegar are so much fun to use (super soaker!), you'll never want to go back to using a regular bottle again.
581 King St W
If you’re looking for a little more variety than the classic haddock and halibut, The One That Got Away has truly inspiring choices: Fish n’ Chips with haddock, halibut, cod, arctic char, pickerel, calamari, crab cakes and salmon burger. You can select fish to be grilled on top of a salad or snugged into a sandwich or wrap.
Give it an international spin with chipotle or garlic mayo, mango salsa and pico de gallo.
My favourite feature beside the vast selection of fish? They offer two chowders – the classic seafood and a Manhattan. It doesn't get much better than that.
14 Market St.
Go ahead and get it fried, whether you’re in the mood for halibut, haddock, pickerel, calamari, sea smelts, coconut shrimp, crab cakes, but the vast array available on the grill (available with fries or salad) is particularly enticing . Choose from swordfish, Atlantic Salmon, arctic char, tilapia, red snapper, halibut steak or fillet, BBQ octopus, calamari, sardines, jumbo prawns, while snapper or seafood platter for one.
Pastas, poutine and surf and turf are also on the menu, but there are plenty more fish in this sea of choices.