Where to Find the Best Fish & Chips in Boston
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If you want fried seafood in Boston—well, we’ve got you covered with everything from clam rolls to calamari. Sometimes, though, you just want to skip straight to a standard pairing of perfectly crisped fish & chips. For that? Sea below.
Blackmoor Bar & Kitchen
Fish & chips is a Fridays-only special at Olde Magoun’s Saloon, Blackmoor’s sibling restaurant in Somerville. It’s always on the menu, though, at this Charlestown restaurant, which also benefits from views of a marina and the illuminated Zakim bridge. Good thing, because we’d pull up a seat for the beer battered cod and extra-creamy coleslaw any day.
1 Chelsea St., Charlestown, 617-580-8166, blackmoorbar.com.
Case closed: The super-reasonable ($7.95!) fish & chips is a winner at the takeout restaurant attached to this century-old, family-owned Portuguese fish market. While you’re there, pick up fresh local catch to cook at home, as well as sardines and stickleback imported weekly from Iberian waters.
498 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-491-1213, courthouseseafood.com.
If you’re going to this authentic Irish pub in Inman Square for the amazing fish & chips (and you really, really should), you might as well time your visit to take in a fiddle-filled live music seisiún—or at least experience the beloved, boisterous brunch service, which is popular with Pats Nation and other sports fans on game days.
1357 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-497-0965, druidpub.com.
Unsurprisingly, the lamb haggis is a hit at Boston’s beloved Scottish pub in JP, but don’t snooze on the Fish Supper: beer-battered haddock with chips, house tartar sauce, and mint mushy peas. It’s perfect for pairing (on the sidewalk patio, perhaps?) with something from the extensive selection of Scotches and craft beers imported from the High- and Low-lands.
2 Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, 617-524-2836, thehavenjp.com.
JP Seafood Cafe
A talent for tempura sets apart the coleslaw-accompanied fish & chips at this wonderful Korean-Japanese fixture in Jamaica Plain, the kind of charming neighborhood seafood joint appointed with a wall-sized ocean mural, decorative fish tank, and friendly, familiar service.
730 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-983-5177, jpseafoodcafe.com.
Chef Chris Bauers was a key force in making JM Curley in Downtown Boston an early cornerstone of our city’s creative-American-gastropub scene. Now he’s doing things on a grander scale—literally, the place is a lot bigger—at Lucy’s in Dorchester, a rustic-cool tavern where the deep-fried haddock is crusted in potato chips with salt and malt vinegar seasoning.
13 Granite Ave., Dorchester, 617-326-6677, lucysamericantavern.com.
The Seaport-born seafood spot knows a thing or two about beer—that’s why its list has previously won our Best of Boston award. Naturally, chef Jeremy Sewall, armed with a fine-dining pedigree, similarly knows how to serve fantastic beer battered fish & chips. Act shocked when you show up to Row 34’s original Boston restaurant, New Hampshire outpost in Portsmouth, or just-opened third location in the suburb of Burlington.
383 Congress St., Boston, 617-553-5900, row34.com.
The Sail Loft
Schooner-sized portions help elevate the Sail Loft to Boston-institution status, and that’s as true of the superlative fish & chips as the overflowing cups of crown-stealing chowder. Adding to the appeal is the clapboard shanty’s North End waterfront locale, where steadfast fans are known to keep the sangria and rum punch flowing.
80 Atlantic Ave., Boston, 617-227-7280, thebostonsailloft.com.
Yankee Lobster Co.
Sure, the shiny new Seaport has plenty of swank restaurants now, but when it comes to classic fish & chips, the Bostonian’s heart wants what it wants: to return yet again to Yankee Lobster. The decades-spanning landmark serves restaurants fresh fish from its market, and serves the rest of us fried fare that continues to crush the thick competition.
300 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-345-9799, yankeelobstercompany.com.