Fish and chips have been a staple of the British diet since the early 1860s, battered in beer, fried and served with malt vinegar. The first known boutiques dedicated to the dynamic culinary duo opened in places like London and Lancashire; in the 1930s there were well over 35,000 shops across the UK Today pubs serve the dish with a very English side of pea mash or street vendors wrap it in newspaper pages for a convenient on-the-go meal.
Here in the United States, however, the dish has never really taken off in the same way. And it can even be difficult to find good fish and chips in non-coastal communities. Luckily, that’s not the case in Austin, where the dish appears on the menu of a surprising number of restaurants and bars — and no two fish and chips are alike.
Austin‘s fish and chip destinations stand out for the quality of the fish, battered crust, portion size and presentation. It can be found at places like Foxy’s Proper Pub, Garbo’s, Perla’s, Mongers, and Oasthouse, which gets a special nod for being the only place to serve peas as a side dish. Some, like Baker Street, School House Pub and BD Riley’s, offer half-size portions or can split full-size portions, with smaller portions still sufficient to satisfy the appetite.
As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each restaurant is still open or if there are any updates on current offerings and service models, as things are constantly changing. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and if ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurants themselves.
Health experts consider eating out to be a high risk activity for unvaccinated; this may pose a risk to vaccinees, especially in areas with high COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidelines are here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.
To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.