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The Best Fish & Chips in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 5, 2014

fish chips torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Fries in Toronto
The Best Seafood Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Lobster Roll in Toronto
The Best Oysters in Toronto

Some photos by Rick McGinnis

Olde York Fish and Chips

Olde York Fish and Chips

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. More »

High St. Fish and Chips

High St. Fish and Chips

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. More »

Duckworth's Fish and Chips

Duckworth's Fish and Chips

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. More »

The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

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). More »

New Toronto Fish and Chips

New Toronto Fish and Chips

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. More »

Reliable

Reliable

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. More »

Off the Hook

Off the Hook

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. More »

Kingsway Fish and Chips

Kingsway Fish and Chips

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. More »

St. Andrew's Fish and Chips

St. Andrew's Fish and Chips

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). More »

British Style

British Style

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). More »

Fish St. Market and Open Kitchen

Fish St. Market and Open Kitchen

Located in Midtown, this fishmonger lets diners select the from daily catch on display and then have it cooked up any way they like to order. The menu is extensive and varied, but the fried fish (served on a stick for easy eating) should not be overlooked - choices include succulent, moist fillets of haddock, cod or halibut ($14-$17) encased in a light, golden batter. More »

Discussion

75 Comments

Too Late / September 5, 2014 at 01:36 pm
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It's a pity the voting list went up before Sea Witch opened - otherwise it would be on here for sure.
RevEd / September 5, 2014 at 01:37 pm
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The best Fish and Chips is New Toronto Fish & Chips. You can't get any better.
FishFan / September 5, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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No Sea Witch?!! This list is bogus. I don't care if the voting list went up before Sea Witch opened. This website needs to stay current and should have made appropriate adjustments to the list before posting. Sea Witch is miles better than most of these places.
Hoofer replying to a comment from Too Late / September 5, 2014 at 02:12 pm
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Yes, Sea Witch. It opened August 2014 on St. Clair West, west of Wychwood Ave. By far the best fish and chips. I've tried most of the 12 listed above. Sea Witch is my preference.
Andrew / September 5, 2014 at 02:17 pm
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A big fan of Queen & Beaver's fish n chips.
Must try Sea Witch
cathie / September 5, 2014 at 02:35 pm
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Sea Witch is now on my list. Old York, High Street and Fish Street are my favs. My only complaint about Fish Street is that they serve everything in a take-out box, not tray, so you have to dig down to the coleslaw that unfortunately becomes warm from the fish and chips piled on top.
??? / September 5, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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Frescos on Augusta anyone?
Andrew / September 5, 2014 at 03:24 pm
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Fish Street's great and deserves the votes it garnered.

Sadly ironic that Penrose is mentioned twice today on BlogTO--once for making it onto this list and twice for its pending closure: http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2014/09/penrose_fish_and_chips_to_close_next_month/
G / September 5, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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Fresco's fish and chips with the Ms. Vickies batter is the best! We order it for delivery and it's always crispy and delicious.
Mike / September 5, 2014 at 03:28 pm
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McNie's in etobicoke! Can't beat it, imo.
Sea Witch Spammers STFU / September 5, 2014 at 03:29 pm
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Sea Witch is trying WAAAY too hard if it feels it need to post 5 bogus/redundant messages about how Sea Witch is the best in the city. It's been open less than a month and most people don't even know it exists.

Give it a rest, cut out the message board spam, and respect the establishments that have actually made a name for themselves over years of hard work.
Devon / September 5, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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How the hell is Fresco's not on this list....
Brent / September 5, 2014 at 03:32 pm
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My Place Fish & Chips on Vic Park south of Sheppard. Only complaint is prepackaged tartar sauce, and elevator music if you are eating in their dining room (so order it as take-out instead!).
John / September 5, 2014 at 03:35 pm
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This is outrageous! How is FISH AND CHIP STORE THAT NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF not on this list?!?! It's the best in the city!
Nick / September 5, 2014 at 03:37 pm
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No Suncrisp Fish & Chips on Weston Road? Boooooooooooooooo
pat / September 5, 2014 at 03:42 pm
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*sigh* Wish the photography was better. Hard to judge some of them based on the photos. Top picture shows what looks to be under-fried fries and fish... others use blatantly horrid on-camera flash. I'm not going to argue with the order and people's choices: just saying that it's hard to back up those choices with some of these photos.
On the other hand, photos for #1, #3, #10 make the food look like something I'd eat.
Kim / September 5, 2014 at 03:44 pm
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The previous F&C list which was years-old had more reader comments recommending Fresco's than any other name. The fact that it is missing from this list makes me doubt the credibility of any of BlogTO's posts. I realize that these lists are generated by reader response, but something is wrong here.
FishFan replying to a comment from Sea Witch Spammers STFU / September 5, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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No spamming here. So piss off. I happen to be very fond of fish and chips, and Sea Witch is the best chippy to open in a long time. Sue me for being excited, and get over yourself. I have absolutely no connection to the owners of Sea Witch, other than the fact that I LOVE their food. I have tried all the other establishments on this list, especially Penrose whom I frequented for many years, but Sea Witch is closer to me and is a the best thing to open in the neighbourhood since Stockyards.
dude chris / September 5, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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harbord fish and chips all day every day
John / September 5, 2014 at 03:55 pm
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Sea Witch is definitely the best fish & chips in toronto, the chips are fantastic, best I've had outside the UK. Shame it wasn't included in the voting.
BM / September 5, 2014 at 04:01 pm
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Didn't you just post a story about Penrose closing?
Sea Witch Spammers STFU replying to a comment from FishFan / September 5, 2014 at 04:01 pm
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Hey idiot, remember the fact that YOU'RE the one who called the whole list "bogus" because the new establishment you're pushing isn't here.

Whether or not you and these other spammers are connected to SW can't really be confirmed, but it sure looks awfully suspicious and a little bit sad on their behalf...


lenny / September 5, 2014 at 04:04 pm
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Julies on Roncesvalles is awesome!! just had it the other night!
not the best looking place, but man oh man sure is GREAT!
Joe / September 5, 2014 at 04:19 pm
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There is some credibility here.

Now if Chippy's was on here all credibility would of been lost.
Chippy's has to be the worst fish and chips place in the city. I laugh at the poor hipster souls lined up inside for a very poor and over priced fish and chips.
Not to mention the pretentious fu
Wintry Mix / September 5, 2014 at 04:30 pm
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I hate to be the dissenter here, but I hated the fish and chips I had at Sea Witch recently.

The batter was soggy, lukewarm and bland. Onion ring batter was the same. Nothing was remotely crispy. Everything undercooked. Fries were fine.

Kingsway is the best of the lot that I've tried (admittedly not all on this list).

I wish Sea Witch well-- it's a great addition to the neighbourhood and one of the staff has an adorable moustache, to boot-- but I was totally unimpressed. I ended up dousing the fish in tartar sauce to make it edible. Luckily their tartar is great.

OLDE YORK / September 5, 2014 at 04:44 pm
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Oh my god Olde York blew my mind. I frequent (the state of) Maine and adore the seafood there (which anyone who's been there knows is phenomenal) but Olde York somehow trumps even Maine's fish and chips. The haddock is divine, the batter always crispy and delicious, the chips are perfect, and oh my god the desserts... Provided you're not completely stuffed on the more than generous portion of F&C you'll get. The crowd of older, British clientele is a true testament to Olde York's incredible fare,
skeve tips / September 5, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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No love for Frescos? Damn
mike / September 5, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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What about Busters Cove in St Lawrence Market
Noddy / September 5, 2014 at 05:12 pm
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That place on Yonge St north of Finch is good (don't remember the name). But anyway, if any of these places are too far away, it is worth trying to make fish n chips at home. It is so easy and there are really good internet recipes for the batter.
Olivia B. / September 5, 2014 at 05:23 pm
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Surprised you actually able to get your food due to the long line-ups at Olde York :S
I haven't tried the others on the list, but OY serves fantastic fish.
Sea Bitch / September 5, 2014 at 06:22 pm
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Didnt you just do a dedicated post about Sea Witch. They just opened and missed the submission date who cares better luck next year, we'll see is they get enough votes.

Why do you think all contests and comptitions have a cut off date. I need the 2014 Film Oscars edited asap I just saw a 2014 film that was NOT included in the running because it came out late!
redo / September 5, 2014 at 06:27 pm
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Can we redo the Olympics? I just found some athletes that wouldve performed much better. The Olymics need to stay current, every 4 years is too long to stay current.
Sea Skank / September 5, 2014 at 06:31 pm
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Sea Skank has the skankiest Fish and Chips in town!
Derek / September 5, 2014 at 06:48 pm
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Yes just had the Pacific cod at sea witch! So good and the chips are the best hands down.
Julie / September 5, 2014 at 07:43 pm
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Sun Crisp in Weston...these "best of" lists rarely go anywhere north of dundas & rarely capture any west end gems
FishFan replying to a comment from Sea Witch Spammers STFU / September 5, 2014 at 07:50 pm
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Your'e a moron. Why don't you just stay home and continue to play with yourself and your conspiracy theories. I'll be out eating at the best restos in town.
Hello / September 5, 2014 at 08:27 pm
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How MSG was made years ago! You will be shocked! - Fishy... http://www.newcityfood.com/2014/08/24/how-msg-was-made-back-in-the-day/

Charles / September 5, 2014 at 11:25 pm
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I'm absolutely shocked Sea Witch isn't on the list. It is by far and a way the best fish and chips I've ever had. It blows ever other spot out the water. I'll never eat at another fish and chip place again.
Charles2 / September 5, 2014 at 11:28 pm
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This is me Charles posting again with a number 2 in my name. Same person posting 1 minute after my other post with a fake email,address. I could wax own about Sea Witch, but I haven't tried it yet. But I can write whatever I want on here truth or not. Could be the 5 earlier posts in a row where fake to but a competitor trying to make Sea Witch look bad.
Haddock / September 6, 2014 at 01:50 am
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Caledonian, on College just past Ossington. Plus, on Mondays they do two for one! The best, in my opinion, and you can have a side of haggis with them.
Rockhopper / September 6, 2014 at 02:34 am
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Harbord fish and chips. Go and find out.
Marc / September 6, 2014 at 05:41 am
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***Golden Crisp Fish and Chips*** on Weston Road is by far the best! Carefully sourced fish and hand cut selected potatoes peeled and cut on site. Living in England now, I have to go to ancient sea side towns to get anything close to Golden Crisp quality. If you ran out of chips to have with your perfect fish they would gladly get you more no charge. Sure decor is old world, but so is the service - let's see others try and beat that!
#FordMoreYears / September 6, 2014 at 08:56 am
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Its great to see new businesses opening and thriving under Mayor Fords watch. Some have felt he was hurting business in the city but that truly isn't the case. Businesses like Sea Witch have opened and are thriving since Rob Fords been mayor. If you want more great businesses Like Sea Witch that you can be so passionate about opening in our city vote Ford October 27th!
Pringles / September 6, 2014 at 10:17 am
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Speaking of chips! Has everyone seen the new Olivia Chow Pringles commercial?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/olivia-chow-in-a-new-ad-about-chips-1.2755651
Martin / September 6, 2014 at 10:31 am
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Tried Sea Witch last night and it was really good, crispy batter and great fish, I had pickeral & my wife had halibut. The chips are pretty big, its a lot of food. Pretty good value.

Our other favourite is Kingsway where I find the chips get a bit soggy when we do take away, and they have tons of chips. We tend to get one order with chips & one order with ceasar. I think that this list is a good selection of places to try.
Sylvia / September 6, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? No Monk's Table? Beautiful 1+" thick cut of fish cooked perfectly. Moist, flavourful, flaky and enveloped in an amazing batter. Chips are o.k. We usually share it, after a beer/cheese crock. On occasion we get 2 pieces of fish and take the second home and make filet o'fish on a soft fluffy bun with homemade tartar for lunch the next day. Rocks! (Homemade tartar recipe - grate 1/2 small white onion, squeeze out moisture; fine chop 15 gerkins; pinch of cayenne; 3/4 cup mayo)
Rachael / September 6, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Great list of dedicated Fish and Chips shops. Some of the best fish and chips can also be found in many pubs in this city as well.
Shaun / September 6, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Instantly knew this list was bullshit when Happy Hooker isn't on the list. It's by far the best cod and chips in the city! Hardbord fish n chips is a joke in comparison. Happy hooker $10 massive piece of fish and tons of crispy fries. Blogto you gotta step it up
Ray / September 6, 2014 at 12:12 pm
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Shaun you gotta step it down. We the readers and users of Blog to VOTED for these Blog to didn't choose them
hailey / September 6, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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it is 1000% an outrage that b&b in leslieville is not on this list. for shame, article-writer.
Ed / September 6, 2014 at 03:27 pm
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Long Branch Fish & Chips beats New Toronto hands down. Tried the halibut and the shrimp from New Toronto last night, the portions are a lot smaller, the chips were soggy and greasy. The shrimp was way to salty. No condiments in the bag, guess you have to ask for it. Recommend you try Long Branch Fish & Chips on the Lakeshore, you won't be disappointed.
Hoofer replying to a comment from Sea Witch Spammers STFU / September 6, 2014 at 04:32 pm
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Stop being so rude and presumptuous. I resent you calling me a spammer and telling me to stfu when I express my preference of a fish and chip place. I like Sea Witch because they give me more fish than batter with my deep fried fish, they serve Arctic Char, whole thing is not greasy on my plate, the food is delicious. And they are in my hood. How can I not love that!
iSkyscraper replying to a comment from Sea Witch Spammers STFU / September 6, 2014 at 05:53 pm
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Or maybe unlike the compiler, this person actually went to the place they recommend?
Buster Completely / September 7, 2014 at 02:51 pm
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Three little words:

Buster's Sea Cove.

End of story.
Cheryl / September 7, 2014 at 05:52 pm
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Disappointed that Fresco's Fish and Chips did not make it to this list. Their fish and chips are amazing!
Pants Go Brown / September 7, 2014 at 10:38 pm
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Ackroyd's in Beach should be on the list. Excellent!
Mitchy / September 8, 2014 at 08:55 am
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Did Sea Witch on the weekend. I have to say it was just okay. Noticed that the guy who used to work at Penrose now works here (he could be the owner for all I know). Still think Duckworth's on Kingston Road (not the terrible one on the Danforth) is by far the best.
Hood / September 8, 2014 at 01:45 pm
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Kennedy and Sheppard, go inside Agincourt Mall and head over to the ultra-ghetto eat in restaurant. Ask for their halibut.

On point, portion is great, and everything is made in house!!!!! Overlooked
Salim Hajiani / September 8, 2014 at 09:08 pm
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http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/duckworths should have been number 1
Kenny / September 11, 2014 at 10:34 am
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Oyster Boy's Halibut and chips is king!!!!
Kay / September 12, 2014 at 08:10 am
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Chubby's in Rexdale has the best F&C!
Nik / September 14, 2014 at 05:07 pm
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Sorry guys. Been to all. Fish Street at Yonge and Albertus, next to Uncle Bettys just south of Sporting Life is beyond compare. The cod and haddock are pieces of fish in a light batter. And the fries are superb, perfectly fried and seasoned. We tried Sea Witch last week, and it is okay, but it just isn't Fish Street. I can walk 3 blocks to Sea Witch, but I would rather drive 3 miles to Fish Street. Both my son and i concur. Fish street is just 10 levels above the rest. And the lobster rolls, fish tacos, grilled calamari, like, sorry, I am never cooking again. And just to slay you, the finest smoked salmon anywhere. I mean Europe, NYC, B.C., Seattle, L.A., Norway, Scotland , Nova Scotia (farewell dear nova ... scotia). My bagel's lox and cream cheese have achieved sainthood - which is why I take a pound of Fish Street smoked salmon every time I go visit the family in Winnipeg. Something's are just worth sharing. p.s. ask for your fries well done.
Zarah / September 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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Fresco's?! Hello!
Joey / September 16, 2014 at 04:06 pm
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The Best is BUSTER'S SEA COVE ST LAWRENCE MARKET
No Right / September 16, 2014 at 09:18 pm
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How did Fresco's Fish and Chips (Kensington Market) not make the list? Should be #1 IMO
George Ashley / September 18, 2014 at 02:55 am
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Very recently I tasted these deep fried fishes when holidaying in Toronto; this is really tasty and one of a kind delicacy.
thepapersthepaers replying to a comment from Too Late / September 18, 2014 at 04:17 am
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meh, when i went to Seawitch it just too much oil heavy oil. ill give em another change but felt like poured the oil from the deep fryer on top as a sauce.
disndat / September 18, 2014 at 08:58 pm
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Seawitch is gross. Anyone trying to say that the place deserves to be on this list is a hack and is most likely someone affiliated with the owners (if it isn't themselves posting on here)
Cardiffgiant / September 19, 2014 at 09:10 pm
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Best fish & chips in the east end, Flipper's Fish House, Kennedy and Lawrence. It's a hidden gem IMO. For those who know.
Moi replying to a comment from disndat / September 21, 2014 at 09:31 pm
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Okay - why are people on here so angry?

Been to Sea Witch a handful of times. The place is great - always packed. 4 different kinds of fish (including arctic char). Very nice owners. A great addition to my neighbhourhood!
Good replying to a comment from Moi / September 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm
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People are just angry thats its not on the list but BIG deal. It just opened pretty recent and didn't make the list, yes they may be good, no disrespect, but its just good, a new good option to the neighborhood for sure.
Steven / September 22, 2014 at 08:32 am
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Just tried Sea Witch this weekend. Unbelievable!! Even though the lineups were long, it was worth the wait. The fish was moist and succulent with a really tasty thin batter. The fries were hand cut, fried to order, and perfect. The hype surrounding this place is well deserved. I will be back again this week. Bravo!!
Liz / September 29, 2014 at 02:10 pm
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#3 is the best High Street Fish & Chip Shop, if they serve Mushy Peas then it must be English run, only they know how to cook a great Fish & Chips. My opinion anyway.
Fish Lover replying to a comment from Too Late / October 9, 2014 at 07:33 pm
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I tried the new Sea Witch and it serves very good fish and chips.

With that said, as in all of Toronto's fish and chip shops, the actual size of the fish portion is consistently shrinking as the amount of batter increases, to keep profits up and give the impression of a really large piece of fish.

I would happily pay a premium to have a larger size fish filet like I used to have in Scotland.
JimboToronto replying to a comment from Devon / October 20, 2014 at 02:22 am
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Fresco's does not deserve to be on this list. The fry in disgusting vegetable oil instead of real beef drip.

Kingsway is the best of the chippies listed here. They claim a "top-secret family recipe" which allows them to use politically incorrect but vastly superior beef drip.

Even though I live in Kensington Market, I travel out to the Kingsway when I want real fish and chips which are like the F&C we used to get in Leaside chippies like Bartley's, Minerson's or Millview back in the 1950s and 1960s: hand-filleted halibut in beer batter with aged russet potatoes, medium-cut lengthwise, soaked overnight, and double fried in beef drip. Yum.

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