Just about anything can be deep-fried these days (including butter, candy bars, and pickles), but even the most cutting-edge crispy creations can’t outshine the classics. Perhaps no fried food demonstrates this better than a basket of traditional fish and chips. When you can’t hop a plane to Britain and get ‘em from across the pond, these Seattle eateries serve up some stiff fish and chips competition, breaded and battered in full golden-brown glory.
Doc's Marina Grill | Multiple locations
Both Doc’s locations in Bainbridge and Port Townsend are slinging fresh fish and chips on the daily until 11 p.m. All three fish options are served with french fries (of course) and coleslaw. The Hand-cut and panko-breaded Northwest True Cod is available in two or three pieces that are fried to golden-brown perfection, or you can go for lightly fried Tempura-battered prawns or cracker meal-breaded Dabob Bay oysters.
Duke's Chowder House | Multiple locations
Duke’s hours vary at each of the six Seattle area locations, but all are open long after dark, including a late night happy hour from 9 p.m. to close in the bar and on the decks. The dinner menu features two main fish and chip options: Oh My Cod!, which features 2 or 3 pieces of Pacific Cod with panko and Mac & Jack’s breading, or Her Majesty Halibut, Wild Alaskan Halibut with panko breading and served with homemade tartar sauce. Both are also available as combos served with a cup of Duke’s award-winning gluten-free clam chowder (bonus tip for gluten-free diners: all of Duke’s juicy grass-fed burgers are also available with a fresh, gluten-free Manini’s bun!)
Highliner Pub | 3909 18th Ave W | 206-216-1254
Interbay’s Highliner Public House offers four renditions, each fried in a house beer batter and served with the pub’s signature Alehouse fries, housemade tartar sauce, and Pubhouse slaw upon request. Choose from Alaskan Cod, jumbo Tiger Prawns, Coho Salmon (available grilled, blackened, or fried!), or jumbo surf clams. Can’t choose just one? Order the Highliner Platter for a sampling of all four fried seafood delights. Open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 9 p.m. on Sundays, and 10 p.m. every other day.
Quinn's Pub | 1001 E Pike St | 206-325-7711
If you find yourself on Capitol Hill when your late night cravings creep up, head for Quinn’s, where you can get a large plate of fresh fish and chips until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Each order is beer-battered and served with handcut fries, plus housemade Remoulade and malt vinegar for ample dipping.