Fish Fryin’: Metro Detroit’s Featured Fish & Chips

By: Toni Cunningham | February 28, 2013

Whether you’re looking for a Friday fish fry for religious reasons or you simply enjoy deep fried cod and french fries, you’ll find several options in Metro Detroit. For you die-hard carnivores, refraining from meat consumption on Fridays during lent might be a bit of a challenge without knowing where to go for a delicious alternative to beef.

Claddagh Irish Pub, 17800 Haggerty Rd., Livonia, is featuring Lent Fish Specials through March 30. Panko Crusted Tilapia, Lemon Pepper Baked Cod, Grilled Salmon, Yuengling Battered Shrimp and Fish ‘n Chips, will fit your Friday dinner needs perfectly. And at $13.99 a pop, they won’t hurt your wallet too much, either.

Duggan’s Irish Pub, 31501 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, features the restaurant’s ever-popular Susie Q Fish and Chips with the necessary accoutrements—fries, lemon, tartar sauce and a roll. In case you want to mix things up, there’s a Susie Q Fish Sandwich, too.

Scotty Simpson’s Fish & Chips, 22200 Fenkell St., Detroit, has been around for over 60 years and is the area’s best-hidden gem for your fish needs. The menu features the classic fish & chips, as well as perch & chips and several combination plates with smelt, shrimp and (if you’re feeling adventurous) frog legs.

Dick O’Dow’s, 160 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham, is an authentic Irish pub, with a menu full of options. It might take you a minute to locate fish & chips on the menu, since they’re called Doyle’s Chipper. Regardless, the fish & chips here are battered in Guinness (yum!) and served with Irish chips, coleslaw and a house-made remoulade. The Fish Sandwich, Wild Irish Salmon and Macaroni & Cheese are other great Friday dinner choices during lent.

Fresh Fish House, with locations in Southfield and Detroit, serves four varieties of fish & chips, so you won’t be stuck eating cod for weeks straight. If you want a sandwich or dinner, there are 11 choices, including tilapia, ocean perch and white bass. The menu promises “more fish than sandwich,” so you won’t leave hungry. Most importantly, if you didn’t give up sweets, order a piece (or five) of Cheesecake Factory cheesecake.

Plymouth Fish Seafood Market & Restaurant, 578 Starkweather, Plymouth, serves over 20 types of fresh seafood, including fish & chips that are fried in cholesterol-free oil with zero trans fats. If you live in the area, check your mailbox for a “buy-one-get-one-free” coupon and get two meals for the price of one.

Friday Fish Frys are a great way to test out some of the area’s best fish eateries, and despite the deep-fried aspect, they just might be healthier than another dinner of red meat. Enjoy!