Who doesn’t love a good order of fish & chips? It was in London around the 1860’s that some of the first shops – or “chippys” – popped up, serving fresh fish & chips wrapped in newspaper. They fast became a British staple, with even Winston Churchill calling fish & chips “the good companion”. Perhaps it’s the crispy batter wrapped around flaky haddock or the malt vinegar lightly poured on top with a bit of salt that keeps brining ’em back for more. After all, there must be good a reason why there are over eight thousand fish & chip shops across the U.K. today. This yummy phenomenon quickly spread across the globe, and you can now find fish and chips almost anywhere. In Halifax, people are partial to a good order as well, with the city being right on the Atlantic and boasting a strong fishing industry that brings in a fresh catch. You are bound to have a most superb order of fish & chips – just don’t expect an order of mushy peas on the side.
Located right in downtown Halifax, McKelvies is just steps away from the waterfront boardwalk. Their Best Ever Fish n’ Chips consists of fresh haddock breaded in local brew Garrison tall ships amber ale, served up with a true maritime favourite, hand cut PEI potato fries.
The Stubborn Goat
The Stubborn Goat’s unique spin on fish & chips is bound to leave an impression. Imagine a whole haddock, not battered but rather head to tail bone in deliciously served up on an iron skillet with a side of home cut fries.
The Gahan House
The Gahan House is a local brewery and restaurant with a lovely harbour view. Indulge in a more traditional take on fish & chips, with two large pieces of Atlantic haddock lightly battered in their very own Sir John A beer batter, homemade tartar & fries. All inside a steaming brown bag.
Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster bar
The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar is the spot to be in downtown Halifax for a rather fancy order at lunch time. Rather then the usual haddock, here you will find an order of fresh Nova Scotia Halibut perfectly battered, served up with fabulous caper dill tartar sauce & a lemon wedge on top.