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Chippy's Fish & Chips

Posted by Devon Scoble / Listed on January 30, 2009 / review policy

Chippy's Fish & ChipsWith a weighty familial and cultural legacy on my shoulders, I walked into the Annex institution Chippy's looking for some crispy goodness, with a side of absolution.

My Devonshire dad and I disagree about a lot of things, especially when it comes to our shared British heritage. I like Shakespeare, and Nick Hornby, my dad likes Steven Gerrard and David Beckham. I think that imperialism, wrong for a variety of reasons, was still the best thing to happen to British cuisine, while my dad genuinely enjoys mince pies and mushy peas. I was raised in Canada, so I say soccer: he's a diehard fan and despises any term besides football.

Despite these quarrels, there is one thing we absolutely agree on when it comes to Old Mother England: that fish and chips are one of her greatest gifts. Flaky, hearty fish, savoury potatoes and tangy vinegar: fish and chips are as good for the soul as they are bad for the heart. I can't think of anything else so wonderful that comes wrapped in newspaper.

Many of my childhood weekends were spent sourcing good fish and chip shops, my father cursing Canadians and their culinary complacency. "This one wouldn't make it a day in England!" or "Bollocks, bollocks, bollocks!" were his most common assessments. While my father raged, my mother would cower in shame and my sister and I would cope the only way we could, hitting the tartar sauce hard. Once in awhile we'd find a good spot, and our family's peace and dignity were preserved. Captain John's in Owen Sound, Townline Fish and Chips in Orangeville, and Penrose Fish and Chips on Mt. Pleasant stand out as favourites. More frequently, though, my sister and I would leave the restaurants feeling vaguely shamed, our very Canadian-ness an impermeable link to the failures of inferior fish.

At $5.49, for cod and chips, the lunch special appealed to both my palate and my budget. Less attractive was a $.75 charge for tartar sauce, but old habits die hard, so I ordered the sauce, and pitched in another $.75 for coleslaw.

It was not long before the disappointment and shadows of my youth settled in to greet me. My sorrow at soggy cod in bland batter, and coleslaw swimming in excess of oil was relieved only by the reassuringly tasty chips, and the familiar tang of tartar sauce. If fries were the measure of a fish and chip shop, then Chippy's would be doing alright. But we all know that a fish and chip shop is only as good as its fish, which means Chippy's is not very good at all.

Chippy's Fish & Chips

Despite my totally lackluster lunch, it seems that Chippy's has a fairly large following in this city, and it's possible that I might be invited to dine there again. Before old demons rear their ugly heads, I'm preparing myself for how I'll react if that time comes. Will I adopt a stiff upper lip, close my eyes and do it for England? Not blooming likely! In the event that a friend invites me to eat Chippy's again, I will politely tell them, "No thank you," and go see a therapist instead.

Chippy's Fish & Chips

Discussion

77 Comments

Blurgahhh / March 5, 2008 at 01:28 pm
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BOOO!!! HISSSSSSSSSSS!!! My dad would !@#$ a brick if he went to this place. Other than owning a deep-fryer, they get just about everything wrong but being downtown's only not-outta-the-way chip shop they manage to stay in business. Cut your hair!!!

(Please go to HARBORD if you must... they ain't perfect but they ain't this)
Anon / March 24, 2008 at 02:48 pm
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Chippy's is quite good when they're good. I think they're a little erratic, however - sometimes when they're busy they pull the stuff out of the fryer too quickly, or they're cooking more before the oil comes back up to temp, so you get underdone or soggy food. If they're not too busy, very tasty.
anne / April 5, 2008 at 07:54 am
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Chippys is not that great!!! sometimes the fries have a burned taste does that mean it is old??? the fish was good but I have had better fries (in brantford)
caroline / July 4, 2008 at 10:54 pm
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I have lived in TO for 20 years but originally from the UK. I have to say this place wouldn't last a second if it was in Britain. Chippy's is overpriced and craaaap!! I was very disappointed in their product. Not good and certainly not worth the price. I am surprised they are still open. Staff are nice - but fisn n' chips are blah.
Jason Laughton / July 15, 2008 at 01:06 am
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Chippys is not that good. Fish was overcooked, overpriced.
Elly / September 7, 2008 at 07:15 am
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Blech. The annex location serves up lots of attitude with a side of soggy fish.
Johnny / February 3, 2009 at 01:02 pm
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Owner is a complete asshole, bad service.
Shit attitude form all staff anytime I went there (including the owner). REALLY? attitude at a fish n chip shop? FUCK YOU CHIPPY!

Fish sucks. Fries are not bad.
Way over priced for so little.

The windows were covered up with paper the other day. Hope you go out of business due to shit product.

FUCK YOU CHIPPIES!
Paul / February 7, 2009 at 09:05 pm
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Expensive fries that was burned beyond belief. Terrible.
Mark / February 17, 2009 at 12:07 pm
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Harbord is pretty good. Penrose is Excellent (uptown Toronto)

Chippy's is a joke and a waste of expensive downtown property.
Wally / March 17, 2009 at 07:49 pm
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I agree the Chippies is one of the worst F&C places I have tried. The time I went, they had no Halibut! The unpeeled fries came with dirt and the whole place looked dirty as well.

The best place I have tried is in Oakville called Tartan F & C. I'd love to have your opinion on this one as well.
anon replying to a comment from Elly / April 24, 2009 at 01:58 pm
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the owner called me a "yoga bitch" and made fun of me while i was deciding what to order. his name is John (or Jon, i don't know) and he said i'd be "better off eating sushi-grade tuna with the rest of the annex posers" than wasting their time serving me there.
um.....
ya, not impressed with the service or attitude. went back on another day and was actually grossed out with how soggy the batter was, and how the fries tasted like they had been fried in months old oil.
never again.
Monique replying to a comment from anon / May 3, 2009 at 12:17 am
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Tried it once and never again, the batter was very bland, fries were very soggy. I agree with Anon the fries did taste like they had been fried in months old oil. The service was not very good and she rushed me when I was deciding what I wanted to order. The cook dropped my fish in the fryer and he went outside to smoke a cigarette. Not very impressed. Also never been to F&C that charged for tartar sauce.
Matt / May 5, 2009 at 03:20 pm
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I come from Saint John, New Brunswick. In conclusion, never, ever buy fish and chips in Toronto. Never. The shitties local chains out east serve fish and chips that eclipses anything in this city. So dry, so flavourless, so bad.
Sue / May 15, 2009 at 01:30 am
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LOVE CHIPPYS!!! It is a regular monthly treat for my boyfriend and I. I recommend the salmon. The fish does not nee tarter just a slice of lemon! I hear sketchy things about the Chippys on Queen (?) I would recommend it!
melissa / June 15, 2009 at 04:51 pm
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I always see a line and have wanted to try it for awhile. Such a disappointment. Greasy fish and bad fries. The coleslaw wasn't bad but not worth the wait.
Mystie replying to a comment from Matt / July 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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You should try British Style Fish and Chips. Chippy's is garbage. British Style is amazing. Try it first then you'll see. :)
James / October 22, 2009 at 02:09 pm
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I just paid $11.99 for a box of fries and a small dinky size piece of halibut!! what a rip off!! Epic fail....
John Lee / December 12, 2009 at 02:15 pm
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For all those who posted a negative experience at either location of Chippy's, I would like to extend my sincerest apologies (with the exception of the "yoga-bitch" whose post is an absolute fabrication). There are moments when we do fall short of our clients expectations, but that does not mean that we will not take direct and immediate steps to rectify or reimburse our disgruntled patrons at the point of sale. To all the bloggers above (except the "yoga-bitch") please contact me directly through our web-site (chippys.ca) and I would appreciate the oppurtunity to offer you a complimentary order of fish and chips WITH sauce (even you Johnny).

Regards,

John Lee
President
Chippy's Fish & Chips Inc.
Tiffany / December 15, 2009 at 05:02 pm
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I just called Chippy's because they are in the orderit.ca guide and in the menu in the printed guide they have halibut but on the website they didn't so I called to make sure they did and he said YES.....but than somehow he told me that the halibut was only for the walk ins, I am sick in bed and really wanted some F and Cs.....ah well there is always Caz's
John Lee replying to a comment from Tiffany / December 15, 2009 at 07:43 pm
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Hi Tiffany,

My manager will be contacting you in regards to this incident and will do his best to resolve in the best way possible. Thanks for posting.

John Lee
President
Chippy's Fish & Chips Inc.
Pam Rutledge / December 16, 2009 at 01:58 pm
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Upon my last visit to Toronto, my daughter urged me to go to Chippy's Fish and Chips on Bloor. Seeing as how I reside on the east coast, I found it quite strange. I was skeptical that this little take out place in Toronto was going to offer anything better than what I have had at home.
To my surprise, it was delicious! I was there for lunch and had the Haddock lunch special and was pleasantly surprised at the price and quality of the food. The service was prompt, the restaurant was clean and simple, and I really liked how they had the 3 disposal units for garbage, organic and recycling.
All and all, a really great experience. I look forward to visiting Chippy's again on my travels to the big city, and will try not to ask my daughter to sneak some fries and garlic mayo home to me in her suitcase for the holidays.
Bryan replying to a comment from Tiffany / December 16, 2009 at 06:27 pm
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Hi Tiffany,

his is Bryan the manager of Chippy's on Bloor St.

So sorry for the misunderstanding. We do offer Halibut for our walk-in and phone order customers. We would be more then happy to personally deliver a meal from Chippy's to your door at your request. Please feel free to get in touch with me at the store so we can set up a time for delivery or please email me at bryansteiss@yahoo.ca

Again, my sincerest apologies, and we look forward to serving you in the near future.


Best,

Bryan
steve / December 27, 2009 at 06:06 pm
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i really enjoyed my salmon meal, it smelled really tastey walking in and the store was really clean! the garlic mayo dip was delicious i had to go back for more! and the curly haired fella that served us was very polite and cooked it to perfection, im not usualy a fish kinda guy but i coulod eat there everyday! all in all i would give it a 10/10 yes it is a high score but they had it coming.
Joe replying to a comment from Blurgahhh / January 23, 2010 at 03:23 pm
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What was with the fire there on January 22/2010? There was smoke coming out the front door and 4 firetrucks outside too!!
John Lee replying to a comment from Joe / January 23, 2010 at 03:35 pm
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Freak occurance with one of our fryers. More smoke than anything else. Should be open in a few days. Thanks for the question.

John Lee
President
Chippy's Fish & Chips Inc.
jc replying to a comment from John Lee / January 24, 2010 at 02:19 am
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Ironically right before the fire trucks arrived, me and Lady Ga Ga, ( she does fast food now) had the most BITCHIN' Fish and chips--------- we loved it! C MILO AND GA GA LOVES CHIPPY'S!
lady ga ga / January 26, 2010 at 02:16 am
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YO, YO LADY GA, GA LOVES CHIPPIES, IS CHIPPIES ALL RIGHT IN T.O.? I HOPE SO. SHRIMP KID------TELLIN' YA
SW / February 4, 2010 at 03:49 am
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I ordered takeout from the Queen St location and came home to discover that the fries were a sad oily burned brown mushy mess. I was incredibly pissed off that there was no tartar sauce. I didn't know it was extra. The guy behind the counter never offered any so I assumed that it was included. WTF? What kind of fish and chips shop charges for tartar sauce? It's like ordering fries and being charged for the ketchup (which wasn't included either). The fish was greasy and soggy and separated from the fish with a layer of really doughy and wet layer of half cooked batter.

Teambuy recently did a half off special for this place; I wouldn't eat from here again if it were free.
Peeved_with_the_attitude replying to a comment from Pam Rutledge / February 4, 2010 at 05:57 am
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LOL! "..pleasantly surprised at the price and quality of the food.." Do you mean cheaper than the $18.99 you pay for F&C?? Do you order it straight from the Queen's chef in the UK? They are a rip off for the quality and service as abundantly clear from the other posters. Curious, all positives right after (someone claiming to be) the owner posts.. Hmmmm, sounds mighty FISHY to me! I hope Chippies learns a hard lesson for how they treat so many of their customers.. as in the loss of many past and potential customers. Never again.
Queen West Local / February 16, 2010 at 03:13 pm
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I've lived in the Queen West area for 15 years now and have to say, Chippy's is the worst in the hood! Once paid $12 for fish'n'chips - looked like $10 for the chips and $2 for the fish!

No wonder the owner/management have to come on this board to try to clean up their reputation. I would too if I served overpriced greasy, soggy "food" using rude, obnoxious servers who really ARE rude (not that you'd see that if you are the owner, try a secret shopper dude to see what's really going on in the Queen St. location).

Sorry to be so negative but it is what it is and anything but the truth isn't worth typing.
John Lee replying to a comment from Queen West Local / February 16, 2010 at 05:18 pm
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To: Queen West Local and Peeved_with_the_attitude

Thanks for the feedback but I'm not sure where all this vitriol is coming from. If you had a bad experience with either the food or the service, we sincerely apologize. We have never claimed to be perfect or that our "reputation" is such that it needs cleaning up by me or any of our staff. Our philosophy is to make improvements at all times and to take responsibility for our actions (especially when they are negative) and the food that we serve. I would politely suggest that you contact me directly through our website (chippys.ca) so that we can ensure that your next visit is a good one or at the very least, offer you a refund for your past purchase. Look forward to hearing from both of you.

Regards,

John Lee
President
Chippy's Fish & Chips Inc.
Rich / February 16, 2010 at 10:48 pm
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Harbord Fish and chips...the best dont waste your time at that chippys Dump!
anon. replying to a comment from SW / February 18, 2010 at 12:40 am
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you're clearly an idiot as they have ketchup on the counter.
CHIPPYS SUCKS / March 13, 2010 at 07:55 pm
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How is the place rated #1?????????????????
Look at all the negative comments!! The place sucks, shit fish shit fries, shit attitude from the owned John Lee.

Please someone tell me why this is best of Toronto Fish & Chips?
CHIPPYS SUCKS replying to a comment from John Lee / March 13, 2010 at 08:01 pm
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Sorry asshole, you lost me as a customer, just from you being rude to me. In person at your shop on Queen.
Not to mention your product sucks.


How is the place rated #1?????????????????
Look at all the negative comments!! The place sucks, shit fish shit fries, shit attitude from the owned John Lee.

Please someone tell me why this is best of Toronto Fish & Chips?
John Lee replying to a comment from CHIPPYS SUCKS / March 13, 2010 at 09:23 pm
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Wow, I usually remember those that I am rude to as they usually deserve it. But given my lapse of memory on this, please accept my offer to win back your support. Contact me through the website and I would be happy refund your previous purchase or at the very least, make amends by cooking for you and your whole family personally and free of charge. Of course, if you are one of the staff members that I recently fired, I will completely understand if no response is forthcoming. All the best and I look forward to hearing from you.

John Lee
President
Chippy's Fish & Chips Inc.
CHIPPYS SUCKS / March 14, 2010 at 11:50 am
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Look at the negative comments!!!!
Just goes to show....

And no, I am not a past employee. Just no longer a customer.
Read ALL the postings... you get the message and not just from me but from almost everyone. Anything positive is prob posted by you or from friends.
John Lee replying to a comment from CHIPPYS SUCKS / March 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm
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So angry and so bitter. An offer of contrition and free food for your whole family refused? I suspect deeper and darker issues at hand. Perhaps no amount of free food can assuage the demons. Just kidding...

In all seriouseness, contact me and let's try to build a bridge of mutual admiration and polite dialogue. After all, it's just fish and chips and not the end of the world.

Your Friend,

John Lee
Myron / March 16, 2010 at 11:22 pm
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Best fish'n'chips hands down is Country Fish'n'Chips in Port Credit. South Mississauga.

The batter is prefect, fish always moist. Been in business over 30 yrs in the same location.

*They use beef drippings mixed in their oil*
Tastes out of this world.
Why would you worry about grease when you're going out for fried fish.
Nikki / March 23, 2010 at 02:40 pm
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Love McNee's Fish and Chips. Tried Country Fish and Chips and was not impressed
Greg replying to a comment from John Lee / March 31, 2010 at 03:04 pm
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The owner of Chippy's was rude to me also, plus a couple of his staff.
What kind of idiot "owner of Chippy's" offers free food for being rude to a customer??? You dug that hole, now you are just trying to fill it back in.
Too late for that.

Perhaps John Lee (Owner of Chippy's)
should pull his head out of his ass...
REACH FAR BACK, That's it! WAY, WAY BACK!
AS IT IS REALLY UP IN THERE!

Then, and only then. take a good long hard look at yourself at the kind of person that you are.
Which is a rude, inconsiderate, f@cking A$$hole!

Get a life.

Respond back all you want...

But the bottom line is this, your product sucks (please look at negative comments above).

You are a complete idiot.
John Lee replying to a comment from Greg / March 31, 2010 at 03:50 pm
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Alrighty then. So I guess we won't be seeing you again anytime soon. Win some, lose some.
Cindy / March 31, 2010 at 09:21 pm
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I bet this John Lee fellow loses alot, now I know where not to go to buy fish & chips.

So mean.
Stan / April 12, 2010 at 04:19 pm
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Hey, Mr. “Mutual Admiration and Polite Dialogue,” It actually is a past employee this time, Stan. In case you happen to be suffering from another “lapse of memory,” you fired me without any prior notice or warning.

I was stopping by this page out of curiosity, to see if the user-submitted comments for Chippy’s were improving or getting worse in the last while.

After reading some of your responses, I have to say, you have no clue about how to even pretend to apologize to a customer.

Someone posts a complaint saying you were a dick to them, and your response is “hey, If I was an asshole to you, I would remember because you’d have deserved it, but since I don’t remember you, have some free fish and chips!” ?

Seriously, what does that even mean? Do you ever think about anything you say? Does that at any point even say “sorry I was rude to you, it won’t happen again?” I’m sorry, but that’s just laughable.

I know you probably don’t even regard other people as conscious beings whose feelings and thoughts are distinct from yours, but you could at least learn how to fake it. Good luck dude, you are seriously going to need it if your posts here are in any way a demonstration of your approach to customer interaction.

With that said, to everyone complaining about the workers’ attitudes:
I don’t know what you’re talking about, I worked at Chippy’s on Bloor, and all my former co workers were some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, I was probably the least “nice” guy there, and even I was never rude to anyone, I just wasn’t very outgoing or whatever..
bill / May 15, 2010 at 05:42 pm
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place sucks period
Nomcat. / June 1, 2010 at 03:44 pm
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Chippy's! Om NOM NOM !
jk / June 3, 2010 at 02:22 pm
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yeah, chippy is THE worst FISH N CHIPS EVER! over priced, shitty food and the staff were acting as if they have the secret recipe ...beer batter. i dont know any F&C place that charges fucking $11.99 for a halibut for a tiny, dinky ass piece full of batter! the size of coleslaw is an insult! go get a real job and quit fooling us with your F&C!

**The best place: Golden Crisp Fish n Chips!!!

This place is sucha robbery!

Mogat / July 1, 2010 at 06:35 pm
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WTF is up with John Lee, dude you don't just throw out freebies to try to win back customers you have treated like shit. Why don't you try actually serving a good product, with friendly service? The last thing a customer wants from a place they don't like is more of their bad food!

Laughable damage control attempt there!

Penrose is my favourite, but then I grew up a few blocks away and grew up with their food. It's just as good as always, even if it's a little too expensive, but I guess they have earned the right to charge good prices after decades of good service.
Tavon / July 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm
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I have tried chippy's and to say I really did not enjoy it.
I was hoping for some nice crispy fish and chips , and instead I got a piece of soggy fish and fries. IT WAS COLD TOO ! I have to say penrose is the best place for F&C overall.
Nice crispy fish and tasty fries served HOT !
Marsi / July 17, 2010 at 05:50 pm
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nothing special.. but paired with overpriced fish, the fact that they CHARGE you for tartar, and the bad service, its just downright horrible.

and they call themselves the best fish and chips in toronto.
anchor / September 24, 2010 at 09:41 pm
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i went to chippy's queen location awhile back and ordered take-out, which came in a paper bag. i was dissapointed when i got home and my halibut was very soggy. i went back there today and i was pleasently surprised when the boy at the counter told me

" you might want to leave the paper bag open so the fish won't go soggy because of the steam";

and i thought jeez that makes alot of sense. . so to all you soggy losers out there it was your own fault, like it was my own.
Sandra / September 25, 2010 at 07:19 am
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I just saw Groupon is running a promo with them today, and wanted to see if this was the same place I remembered to be the worst shit ever... And yes it is.. So even if the food was free, I would never EVER go there again..

And John Lee - reading your replies makes me understand why this place sucks - You are a horrible owner/operator.



Paul / September 29, 2010 at 02:40 pm
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About to try it for myself. Will keep u posted!
Jamie / October 9, 2010 at 09:53 pm
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I ended up buying the Groupon as I wanted to try this place out. I always try to keep an open mind despite reading some bad reviews and I must sum up my experience for others that plan to try it.

Pro: Staff is in good spirits given the working conditions. I went to the Bathurst/Bloor location and there was only ONE person working - he had to handle the fryer, cash and make the batter. Keep in mind this was a Saturday on a long weekend.

Con: I went there TWICE. The first time I dropped by was later in the evening (8 pm) and they were out of Halibut and everything else on the menu except for Cod. Understandable as it was later in the evening. The second time I went in was for lunch (around 1:30pm) on a weekend and they were out of Halibut again.

I guess I'll never try the Halibut as I don't intend on going back again or maybe they should just take Halibut off the menu since they never seem to serve it.
Sadie / October 20, 2010 at 06:26 pm
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Well, I have to say, I'm a little shocked that Chippy's made it as number one F&C in the city, considering the OVERWHELMING negative feedback.

My boyfriend lives on Bloor Street, right around the corner from Chippy's. I walk by almost every day, and I've always been curious to go in, seeing as I love myself a good meal of fish and chips. Having read this stream of comments, however, my curiosity has swiftly been curbed.

Penrose Fish & Chips on Mt Pleasant, south of Eglinton, has possibly the best fish and chips that this city has to offer. They've been open for almost 60 years, and any quick taste of anything on their menu will prove why.

I vote Chippy's to be removed from this list of esteemed F&C restaurants, as clearly it is an embarrassment, not only to the restaurant, but to blogTO's judgement.
Sadie / October 20, 2010 at 06:30 pm
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Futhermore, to add to my above comment, this review posted by blogTO isn't even a good one! The author is clearly not happy with what she was served, despite her English bias, and Chippy's still made it as number one! Who is this John Lee character sleeping with to reserve this spot?

Just sayin'...
anon / January 10, 2011 at 06:55 am
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absolutely vile. It never ceases to amaze me that in a city of this size, with a boundless plethora of superb multicultural eateries, Toronto makes arguably the worst f&c in the english-speaking world. It's not rocket science. Blanche the chips so they're lovely and soft. Double batter the fish in any standard beer-batter so that it's a nice fluffy coating when cooked. Use beef drippings if at all possible, rather than bastard canola oil. Wrap in newspaper. That's it. I make it myself now - I've given up on this city in that regard. I've honestly been served microwaved Highliner fish sticks with McCain fries in restaurants before. For shame, Toronto.
anon / January 12, 2011 at 01:06 pm
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absolutely vile. It never ceases to amaze me that in a city of this size, with a boundless plethora of superb ways to occupy our lives. Toronto citizens make arguably the worst use of their free time in the english-speaking world. It's not rocket science. You want chips blanched so that they're lovely and soft? You want double battered fish in a standard beer-batter with a nice and fluffy coating when cooked? You want some beef drippings if possible, rather than that stupid bastard child canola oil? I know you want that shit wrapped in some newspaper! That's it. Make yourself some fish and chips and then move on with your life. - I've given up with this city in this regard.
I've honestly seen people spend their time writing entire paragraphs about their negative opinions on one city, and then posting it on a single restaurants blogto thread. For shame, Toronto.
john lee's student / February 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm
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John is a professor for one of my classes at george brown and I think he's one of the most down to earth, straight up, and civilized people/business man I've met. I find it hard to believe that he would treat anybody in such a disrespectful way, the one thing this guy is about is customer satisfaction and attention to detail... the fish is delivered fresh daily, potatoes are double blanched, batter sounds great. I mean all that stuff sounds incredible and even if you don't like it this guy will try his best to satisfy you with a free meal, I mean what kind of owner goes online and looks for negative comments about their establishment and gives out free meals, this is an owner that will try to please you even if it means he's not gonna make a profit. I think everybody with negative shit to say about the place and the owner are all cunts
john lee's student / February 22, 2011 at 10:54 pm
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matter of fact I think most of the negative comments here are probly from people fired from chippys
Eric / February 23, 2011 at 01:53 pm
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To John Lee's Student,

Chippy's fish is NOT delivered FRESH daily. The Salmon is the only fish that is delivered fresh, but not daily, maybe once a week and depending how many sides of salmon they receive the rest is frozen until they need to use it. the rest is frozen when they receive it then thawed on a daily basis as per demand.

Maybe you should do a little more research about Chippys or better yet, work for the business before you put total faith in what the owner tells you outside of the restaurant.

I guarantee you will not be singing the same song if you go and work there for a month.

Steve / February 23, 2011 at 03:57 pm
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Last I checked this wasn't a message board for disgruntled employees to complain on. I'm pretty sure it's for CUSTOMER reviews.

Also, how many restaurants have you been to with farms/oceans out back where they kill their food daily to bring it in fresh ? You think you've found a point of insult, but you could say the same thing about any restaurant in Toronto.

Since you brought it up though, the Salmon isn't even on the menu any more, because it's being over fished, and the Halibut arrives as a whole fish, sometimes 100 lbs or more, and it's then butchered in the front of the shop where the customers can see. I think as far as freshness goes, that's not too bad.

Lu / May 15, 2011 at 09:10 pm
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Used the Groupon (Feb)at the Queen St. store & it came just up to $30 for two of us. At first glance, the fish & chips looked disappointing (batter looked flat and a bit oily and the fries were fat and looked soggy)but the fish was crispy and the fries were pretty tasty although a little salty. Service was alright but they were playing some pretty loud metal music-I think if I return, it'll be when the weather is nicer and I can take the food to the park across the street to enjoy.
JimmyJackFunk replying to a comment from Mystie / June 9, 2011 at 05:55 pm
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I second the British Style recommendation. Much better than Chippy's. Douchefish & chips isn't my style anyway.
Gemba replying to a comment from Lu / November 11, 2011 at 04:04 pm
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When the douche bags behind the counter play loud music, I call then real nasty names when their backs are turned. LOL
money now loans pgh pa / February 3, 2012 at 04:00 am
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Read it, liked it, thanks for it
Former employee / April 30, 2012 at 08:23 pm
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John Lee is addicted to cocaine, and as a result, has frequent outbursts of anger towards his employees.
When I worked at the Queen st. location, the fish was delivered once a week. The paper meal containers are stored in a basement that's never cleaned.
If you like the food...fine. I wouldn't support a business owner like John, even if he was serving me fucking gold.
Scott / June 27, 2012 at 06:25 am
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I cannot believe these comments. Very unclassy. No wonder tourists do not bother much with Toronto.
GranVizeer / June 27, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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I can believe these comments. Chippys is very unclassy. No wonder tourists do not bother with angry grease pits like this when visiting Toronto.
Jenn / September 9, 2012 at 07:37 am
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Terrible, terrible, terrible. Over priced for terrible, terrible food. Only people with no tastbuds would eat their fish and chips. Our experience at the Queen was awful. How and why this place is still open boggles my mind.
Dennis E. / September 20, 2012 at 04:30 pm
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Ordered a 3 piece snack box for pickup over the phone. Guy with accent wanted me to send him $500 via western union to 'release' the order. Naturally I was skeptical, but, was reassured to find out I could transfer the money via paypalbitches.com instead of the western union method.




Andrew / February 18, 2013 at 11:33 pm
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After the Annex location closed, I had no complaints with it and ate there regularly, I went to the Queen location on a Friday night.

After waiting for at least five minutes, I was finally served, at one point I could hear the server swearing loudly from the backroom.

When I settled down for my meal, I couldn't believe this was the same franchise. The fish was alright but the chips, arguably the best thing on their menu, were horribly over cooked.

I'm going to give this location one last chance, everyone has an off night, but if I receive a similar experience, the Chippy has lost my business.
Ash / March 28, 2013 at 06:59 pm
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Just moved here from the east coast - we know what we're talking about when it comes to fish and chips!

Chippys is the closest F&C shop to our new home. Wanted to have our traditional feed of Good Friday fish and chips and willing to pay the rather hefty delivery fees for it, so I placed my order two weeks ago on orderit.ca to make sure dinner would be all set...nope!! As it turns out, all deliveries for tomorrow have been cancelled. Wow, you think you might have specified that on the website or let OrderIt know that you weren't delivering tomorrow?

Not even going to attempt spending 40 minutes trying to rush dinner home on the wretched Dufferin bus tomorrow - no thanks! After seeing the comments here, I'm not convinced we would have been very happy with the meal anyway. :(
Anon / April 7, 2013 at 06:30 pm
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Such a disappointment. $23 for two orders of Haddock and it doesn't even come with tartar sauce - thats an extra $2. All in all, $25 for about $3 worth of food. Although it was satisfying I can't help but feel ripped off. Won't be returning
Brianne / April 16, 2013 at 09:41 am
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Thanks in support of sharing such a good thought, paragraph
is fastidious, thats why i have read it entirely
Pablo / November 4, 2013 at 10:51 am
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I will never give this filthy, cruddy establishment one cent of my family's business.

My twelve year old son enjoys the occasional fish and chips, but I have explained to him that I would rather him eat fresh dogshit from Trinity Bellwoods park than eat the stinking, greasy garbage pumped out from this Toronto embarrassment.

Also, I recently discovered from some restaurant industry friends that Chippys owner John Lee is known across this city for being an arrogant, drug-addled, toxic disaster.

Jennifer / July 18, 2014 at 01:45 pm
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LOL, I read the reviews and all the comments posted here. I honestly do not understand why Chippy's Fish & Chips has the #2 spot on a list for Best Fish and Chips in Toronto. the Food critic hated it and everyone else who has visited feels the same.

Come on BlogTO you got to take this restaurant off the list.

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