Long before the four food groups were identified, the British invented fish and chips, among history’s most nutritionally imbalanced – and delicious – meals. Here, Toronto’s finest.
High Street Fish and Chips
Welcome to batter heaven: Golden, almost greaseless, delicate, crispy layers surround a generous and fresh halibut fillet. Thick-cut chips are crisp on the outside and almost fluffy on the inside. Halibut and chips, $10.95. 55 Underhill Dr., 416-510-8905.
The Queen and Beaver Public House
Haddock fillets marinate in herbs and lemon zest before they get the beer batter treatment. The frying process injects extra flavour into the fish; a crisp batter seals it in. Chips are hearty, and the house-made tartar sauce and ketchup make excellent sidekicks. (So do frosty pints.) Haddock and chips, $17. 35 Elm St., 647-347-2712.
Kingsway Fish and Chips
For over 50 years, Kingsway have been executing this classic with almost shocking consistency. The batter is substantial but never soggy, and you can practically taste the potato farmer’s hands (in a good way) in the fries. Halibut and chips, $9.29. 3060 Bloor St. W., 416-233-3355.
British Style Fish & Chips
Portions of fish and chips at this east end institution are generous; the fillets are super-fresh and incredibly moist, sealed in with a thick, crisp and slightly greasy batter. If you’ve visited a real British chippy, you’ll find this comfortingly authentic. Halibut and chips, $9.65. 73 Coxwell Ave., 416-698-7778.
If variety is the spice of life, then Chippy’s rules, offering Guinness-battered halibut, haddock, cod or salmon, or panko-crusted prawns and scallops, as well as tangy slaw and hearty, hand-cut fries. Halibut and chips, $11.99. 893 Queen St. W., 416-866-7474; 490 Bloor St. W., 416-516-7776.
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