Fish & Chips: Deep Fried & Delicious in the D

By: Amber Ogden | February 20, 2015

When you think of bar food, I’m sure several staples come to mind. On most any menu, you’ll find burgers, fries, pizza and wings. One other necessity? Fish and chips, of course!

This time of year, fish and chips and Friday night fish fry specials are even more prevalent at Metro Detroit restaurants, thanks to lent season. Whether you’re giving up meat on Fridays for religious reasons, or are simply looking for some great fish and chips to kick off your weekend, head to one of the following places in the D:

Nancy Whiskey, 2644 Harrison St., Detroit, is known for its fish and chips far and wide—the restaurant was featured in a Long John Silver’s commercial! There’s a fish fry every Friday at Nancy Whiskey’s from noon to 8 p.m.

During that time, you have your choice of Alaskan Cod (for $8.95) or Fresh Lake Perch (for $12.95) served with fries and coleslaw. If you’re there on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll be able to enjoy live music while you eat!

Wintergarden Tavern, 33320 7 Mile Rd., Livonia, is one of my favorite bars, which just so happens to serve some mighty fine fish and chips. Why do you think it rates so high in my book? You’ll find fish and chips on the menu every day of the week, but on Fridays, pay a few bucks extra and it’s all you can eat!

However, take note: the regular portion comes with a couple of the largest cod filets you’ll ever see, so make sure you can truly tackle the bottomless plate. Either way, it’s served with fries and homemade coleslaw.

Dick O’Dow’s, 160 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham, is an authentic Irish pub house, so where better to find a fantastic plate of fish and chips? You’ll find Doyle’s Chipper under the Irish and Classics section of the menu.

These Guinness beer-battered cod filets are fried to a golden perfection and served with chips, coleslaw and remoulade for dipping. If you’re more in the sandwich mood, try the fish sandwich, which includes two Guinness-battered fillets with cheddar cheese and remoulade on a bun.

Scotty Simpson’s Fish and Chips, 22200 Fenkell Ave., Detroit, is a local favorite, and with good reason—it’s been around since the 1950s. Obviously, Scotty Simpson’s knows how to do fish and chips!

Scotty’s Famous Fish and Chips includes three pieces of cod with hand cut fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce. The fish here is flown in from Nova Scotia fresh daily, and there are plenty of other fish options on the menu. You can also order Scotty’s Famous Fish only (without the sides), a half order of fish and chips, baked fish (served with a baked potato) and grilled fish (sautéed with onions and your choice of seasoning, and served with a baked potato). If you’re looking for variety, Scotty Simpson’s is the place to go!

Sean O’Callaghan’s, 821 Penniman Ave., Plymouth, is another traditional Irish restaurant, and a great place to go for a meal of fish and chips. The fish and chips are hand-battered and fried, then served with fries, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce.

While many restaurants have Friday fish fry deals, keep Sean O’Callaghan’s in mind for midweek, since fish and chips are buy one get one half off on Wednesdays after 4 p.m. Combined with happy hour prices until 7 p.m., you can enjoy $3 drafts, $4 wines by the glass and $5 appetizers. What a bargain!

Everyone knows that when enjoying a basket of fish and chips, an icy, tall glass of beer is not only recommended, but required if you’re of legal drinking age. Enjoy these fish and chip entrees in the D!