Eat & Drink / Local Tips February 26, 2016

5 Fantastic Fish n’ Chip Shops in Halifax

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Halifax is a city that has virtually perfected the glorious fish n’ chips, due to its coastal location and access to fresh seafood. While there are more marvelous seafood shops in Halifax than we could possibly narrow down, these local eateries are known for their amazingly fresh fish n’ chip dishes.

Find out for yourself by trying out one of these five fantastic fish n’ chip shops in Halifax:

1 – U-Pick Fish Seafood Shack

How to get there: 600 Windmill Road, Dartmouth

My favourite thing about U-pick is right there in the name! Here you literally get to hand-pick each element of your meal. Choose your fish (from 8 different kinds including cod, salmon and pollock), your coating/cooking style (batters include beer, tempura, crunchy, etc), then your side and sauce (being a condiment-lover, I love the variety, including chipotle ketchup and honey lime dill mayo).

Tailor your meal to your mood! You will have to visit several times to try all the different combinations, but something tells me you won’t mind. Located in the Truck-Side Food Truck Court in Burnside.

2 – Evan’s Seafood

How to get there: 2 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth

Located in downtown Dartmouth (Alderney Landing), Evan’s philosophy is to “keep it fresh and local”. Veteran fisherman, Evan d’Entremont and his family manage the business and with a boat and processing plant in Pubnico, NS, you can be sure that this seafood is as fresh as it gets.

Evan’s even partners with Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet to offer a GF breading option so that everyone can enjoy their fare (even their lobster poutine and fries are GF!)

3 – Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House

How to get there: 8 Oland Crescent, Halifax

Don’t let the business park strip mall location fool you – this place is worth the drive. I know several people for whom this is their “go-to” and The Huffington Post listed it as one of Halifax’s best restaurants in 2014!

They are a bit hidden, tucked behind Jungle Jim’s just off the main Bayers Lake drag but even the Fonz managed to find them (photo evidence on the website). You can get a two piece fish n’ chip meal here for only $8.49 from Monday to Friday 11am to 2pm.

4 – Willman’s Fish n’ Chips

How to get there: 5644 Kane Street, Halifax

Willman’s has been around since 1946, so they must be doing something right!

This bright and busy spot is located in the historic Hydrostone district, giving you a double-dose of heritage, and their outdoor patio on the corner of Kane and Isleville is great for people-watching in the summer. Willman’s Fish n’ Chips are some of the most affordable in town.

5 – Phil’s Seafood

How to get there: 6285 Quinpool Rd, Halifax

Although I have never visited, I have had many people tell me Phil’s is their favourite fish spot in the city. This family-owned restaurant started as a small shop on Purcell’s Cove Road, then moved to a larger location on Quinpool Road in 2003.

Their large (two pieces of fish) looks huge and they offer delicious-looking spinach salads (with oranges and sliced hard-boiled egg, among other fresh veggies) or grilled/poached salmon if you’re looking to skip the traditional greasy, breaded fish n’ chips meal.

We hope this inspires you to enjoy a long and fruitful quest to discover your favourite fish n’ chips in Halifax! Long live the deep fryer!

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