The Best Fish & Chips in Toronto
The best fish and chips in Toronto uphold Britain's most famous culinary export and offer that authentic Anglophile experience. Diverging ever so slightly from tradition, Toronto chippies have, in recent years, started to embrace more than just the typical fry fishes (halibut, haddock and cod) and have been dipping into a new pool of sea fare, including perch, trout, salmon and sole.
Regardless of the type of fish, these eateries excel at the essentials; crisp, golden batter enveloping delicate, flaky fish served alongside deep-fried spuds. The requisite accoutrements are here too, but above and beyond creamy tartar sauce and tangy malt vinegar, purists can even find the occasional side of mushy peas or pickled beets.
Here is the best fish and chips in Toronto.
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Leaside residents have been enjoying solid fish suppers since 1997 at this pub-style chippy where the house specialties are haddock ($12), halibut ($15) and cod ($12) served up with crisp hand cut fries, tangy tartar sauce and slaw. Seafood lovers can enjoy shrimps ($15), calamari ($15), scallops ($16), and clam strips ($13.50) too.
Off the beaten path, found in a North a York strip mall, this steadfast chippy is a beacon for Anglophiles. The menu features delicious, golden-fried specimens of wild-caught Alaskan halibut ($12.09), haddock or cod ($10.15) with thick-cut fries (or mashed potatoes or tattie scones) and add-ons like mushy peas ($1.15) and pickled beets ($1.85). Other Brit-style comfort foods round out the menu with options that include steak and kidney pie and sticky toffee pudding.
Take advantage of the ample seating and “In House Specials” at this long-running (open since ‘38) Danforth chippy. The best bet here is to dine-in and enjoy your halibut, sole, haddock or blue cod combos ($10-$13) at their hottest and crispiest (not steamed and soggy from the take-out container). Dinners come with thick-cut chips, slaw, a slice of bread (to make your own butty) and a drink. If you have room after all that, there’s worthwhile pies by the slice.
Above and beyond the classic fry-fishes (don't worry, they've got those too) you'll find less common choices like arctic char ($10) and pickerel ($12). Two locations serve up fish so fresh it needn’t even be fried. The broad-minded and health concious should take note of alternatives like grilled fish sandwiches, salads and wraps ($8.50-$15).
The menu at this shopworn Etobicoke stalwart focuses on just four things, halibut ($11.50), haddock ($7.50), scallops ($11) and shrimps ($9.75) done especially well. Fish batter here is light and crackly, while the fish itself is moist and flaky throughout. Tartar sauce and heaping piles of thick-cut fries are served on the side, in need of just a little ketchup and malt vinegar.
This old school spot in Leslieville has been a fixture on the east side for over eight decades, and while it built its reputation on halibut, in recent years it’s encouraged diners to cast a wider net and eat more sustainable (and reasonably priced) alternatives like haddock, cod or snapper.
Dubbing itself a “gourmet” fish and chip shop, this Broadview eatery takes a customizable approach. Start by selecting your fish, sea bass, halibut, mahi mahi, rainbow trout or red snapper ($12-$14), then choose to have it battered and fried, or grilled with jerk or Cajun seasonings. Sides (fries and beyond), sauces (tartar and 10 others like curry mayo), and a choice of slaw (creamy or vinegar) are included too.
The varied menu at this neighbourhood chippy on Bloor at Royal York offers fried and grilled fish and seafoods, along with a range of comfort foods like meat pies and mushy peas. Don’t be put off by the garish (but endearing) nautical decor - the signature halibut and haddock dinners ($10-$17) are fantastic, featuring mouthwateringly fresh fish covered with a light, crispy coating.
Founded in ‘84, this Scot-style mom and pop shop in Scarborough has the locals hooked on its menu of classic Commonwealth comfort foods. Here, big fish dinners include proper chunky chips, Scottish bread, a choice of pickled beets, slaw or mushy peas and a tea or coffee. In addition to the usual selections like halibut, haddock and cod ($9-$14.25) you’ll also find Alaskan white fish, breaded sole and salmon ($8.50-$15).
A loyal following near Dundas and Coxwell knows that this old-school outfit might look a little rough around the edges, but its what’s inside that counts. Upholding the classics, the menu features soul-satisfying dinners with lightly-battered ocean fare like halibut, cod, and haddock ($9-$12) or scallops, shrimps, and clams ($8.45-$10.20).
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