With origins in Great Britain, fish and chips was and still is a popular pub menu item. Today, the battered white fish and cut chips (aka French fries) is a favorite for young and old alike. From LA to Malibu, you’ll find a wide selection of seafood specialty restaurants and English-style pubs serving fish and chips. This list has narrowed down the best five to check out.
For a luxurious fish and chips experience, make your reservation now at The Ivy. Known for daily celebrity sightings, the charming restaurant is definitely a place to be seen and to eat. The Ivy’s fish and chips ($27.75) are perfectly prepared and the fish selection includes fresh rock cod, shrimp, scallops and calamari. The beautifully-presented plate is served with hand-cut French fries and the famous Ivy onion rings. Don’t miss out on the spicy corn chowder ($11.75) and the famous grilled fresh vegetable salad ($27.75 to $35.75) which features chopped asparagus, zucchini, corn, avocado, tomatoes, baby lettuce and scallions. You can add in fresh wild Maine lobster, mesquite-grilled wild Maine scallops, mesquite-grilled lime chicken breast, skillet-cooked calamari or mesquite-grilled shrimp.
Santa Monica Seafood Cafe
Santa Monica Seafood (SMS) is LA’s resource for fresh fish. The family-owned business has been serving restaurants and customers for more than 70 years. Visit the market for “catch of the day” seafood to bring home to cook or grab a table in the Café for a full menu of seafood dishes and a raw shellfish bar. The Alaskan cod fish and chips ($15) are battered and quick fried served with Santa Monica Seafood’s very own tartar sauce. Other delicious entrées to try during future visits include steamed Mediterranean mussels ($15), the spicy salmon burger ($10) and the traditional Italian cioppino which comes with grilled ciabatta ($20-$25). SMS is committed to the environment and sustainability. It consistently chooses to work with fisheries that conserve and protect natural habitat resources.
Pig ‘N Whistle
Ordering fish and chips makes for a classic British pub experience. Pig ‘N Whistle in Hollywood not only gives you English pub favorites, but the atmosphere alone speaks to classic Hollywood. Judy Garland celebrated her 15th birthday here and the famous hangout hosted the first-ever Oscar after-party. At the top of its lunch and dinner menu is the beer-battered halibut fish n’ chips served with butter peas, assorted fries and classic tartar sauce ($16). Patrons can also select spicy calamari and juicy steaks from its extensive menu. Los Angelenos flock to Pig ‘N Whistle for more than just food. Live entertainment is offered every Wednesday to Saturday in the Back Room and karaoke brings friends together every Wednesday and Thursday in the restaurant’s main room.”
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Neptune’s Net in Malibu
The fish and chips at the Malibu landmark Neptune’s Net satisfies everyone from the SoCal surfing community and beach bums to the neighboring stars and locals to the city mice and tourists. Since 1958, Neptune’s Net has been serving its famous beer batter fish and chips ($9.95) to tables with a plentiful side of French fries. There’s nothing fancy about this dish. Neptune just aims to provide a classic classic. For lunch and dinner, the menu offers a wide variety of seafood delights including fish and shrimp tacos, crab cakes and calamari, while the espresso bar gives your sunkissed lips a perfect lift in the afternoon.
Fishbar Manhattan Beach
Fishbar Manhattan Beach delivers on cuisine and affordability. Fresh seafood is hand selected daily by chef Jessica Jordan who is a native of the South Bay. The whole fish supply is given to her master fileter who does all of the cutting on the premises, never keeping any fish in the restaurant for more than 24 hours. It is served the same day it is brought in. Chef Jordan bumps it up a notch on classics such as fish and chips ($10.99) which are beer battered, fried and served with French fries, creamy coleslaw and her housemade tartar sauce. The interesting selection of sandwiches does not disappoint either — the lobster roll sandwich ($11.99), blackened mahi mahi sandwich ($9.99) and Asian-style grilled salmon wrap ($9.99) are all great options.
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