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Where To Eat Fish and Chips This Season and Beyond

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During Lent, many Catholics and other denominations are more adherent to eating fish on Fridays. Often that comes in the form of fish and chips. But those who aren't religiously inclined shouldn't be deterred from the delight of mixing relatively healthy fish with the guilt and delicious gluttony of breading and chips.

It's hard to throw a stone without hitting some Irish or English-style pub with some version of fish and chips on the menu. However, there are many restaurants and bars where fish is the name of the game, and here are a few that serve fried fish and potatoes that make it worth sticking with religious tradition.
—Jamie Liu


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Codmother

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1334 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-0709
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The Codmother is the only dedicated chippie within the District. The menu is straightforward, for those who don't want fried cod, they can get fried mussels or shrimp, as well as traditional mushy peas, fried Snickers, or spotted dick.

2. Duffy's Irish Pub

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2106 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 265-3413
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Duffy's is a popular choice for its buffalo wings. But its skill in frying chicken extends to its fish and chips. But those who want more than just chips can order tater tots or fresh steamed veggies.

3. Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

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728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 299-8384
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Cathal Armstrong's Eamonn's (two locations) is the standard bearer for fish and chips in the area. Select from cod, ray (which is particularly popular in Ireland) or the fish of the day, and seven dipping sauces. Or try classic chippie foods like mushy peas, sausage rolls, and deep fried desserts. Make sure to accompany them with Irish-manufactured Cadbury chocolates, Irn Bru, and Club Orange.

4. Farmers Fishers Bakers

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3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 298-8783
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For those who like to squirt lemon on their fried fish, Farmers Fishers Bakers takes the work out of it. Its fish and chips option, lemonade fried fish, already has a bright, citrusy flavor from lemon incorporated into the batter.

5. Fish In The Neighborhood

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3601 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 545-6974
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It may not serve traditional fish and chips, but Fish in the Neighborhood does serve a wide selection of fresh fish and French fries. Order by weight to be fried, and get the spicy mango sauce; it might not be malt vinegar, but no one is complaining about the sweet spicy combo.

6. Fishnet

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5010 Berwyn Road
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 220-1070
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Ferhat Yelcin's Fishnet in College Park uses only fresh, never frozen, fish for its grilled and fried fish, and serve up fresh cut fries. Choose from salmon, bluefish or the fish of the day, as well as one of four dipping sauces.

7. Horace & Dickie's Seafood

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809 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 397-6040
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For Maryland/D.C.-style fish and chips, head to Horace and Dickie's for its cornmeal-coated whiting and French fries. Wedged between two slices of squishy white bread, douse them with hot sauce as a fine alternative to the usual beer-battered fish.

8. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

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2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7388
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For a more upscale approach to fish and chips, try the ones at Jack Rose. A light batter coats the selection of Atlantic fish, while the chips are perfectly cubed bits of potato more akin to home fries. It's a steal during happy hour, when it is half price ($6).

9. The Queen Vic

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1206 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 396-2001
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As one of the few English pubs in D.C., The Queen Vic is one of the standard bearers of the cuisine. Along with a full English breakfast, Sunday roasts, and bangers and mash, it serves a fine fish and chips — with malt vinegar, of course.

10. Sei

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444 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-7007
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SEI does an Asian fusion interpretation of fish and chips as a sushi roll. Composed of flounder, crispy potato bits, malt vinegar, and wasabi tartar, it's a lighter, unique spin on a traditionally greasy, heavy meal.

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1. The Codmother

1334 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The Codmother is the only dedicated chippie within the District. The menu is straightforward, for those who don't want fried cod, they can get fried mussels or shrimp, as well as traditional mushy peas, fried Snickers, or spotted dick.
1334 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Duffy's Irish Pub

2106 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Duffy's is a popular choice for its buffalo wings. But its skill in frying chicken extends to its fish and chips. But those who want more than just chips can order tater tots or fresh steamed veggies.
2106 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

728 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Cathal Armstrong's Eamonn's (two locations) is the standard bearer for fish and chips in the area. Select from cod, ray (which is particularly popular in Ireland) or the fish of the day, and seven dipping sauces. Or try classic chippie foods like mushy peas, sausage rolls, and deep fried desserts. Make sure to accompany them with Irish-manufactured Cadbury chocolates, Irn Bru, and Club Orange.
728 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

4. Farmers Fishers Bakers

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
For those who like to squirt lemon on their fried fish, Farmers Fishers Bakers takes the work out of it. Its fish and chips option, lemonade fried fish, already has a bright, citrusy flavor from lemon incorporated into the batter.
3000 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Fish In The Neighborhood

3601 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20010
It may not serve traditional fish and chips, but Fish in the Neighborhood does serve a wide selection of fresh fish and French fries. Order by weight to be fried, and get the spicy mango sauce; it might not be malt vinegar, but no one is complaining about the sweet spicy combo.
3601 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20010

6. Fishnet

5010 Berwyn Road, College Park, MD 20740
Ferhat Yelcin's Fishnet in College Park uses only fresh, never frozen, fish for its grilled and fried fish, and serve up fresh cut fries. Choose from salmon, bluefish or the fish of the day, as well as one of four dipping sauces.
5010 Berwyn Road
College Park, MD 20740

7. Horace & Dickie's Seafood

809 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
For Maryland/D.C.-style fish and chips, head to Horace and Dickie's for its cornmeal-coated whiting and French fries. Wedged between two slices of squishy white bread, douse them with hot sauce as a fine alternative to the usual beer-battered fish.
809 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Jack Rose Dining Saloon

2007 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
For a more upscale approach to fish and chips, try the ones at Jack Rose. A light batter coats the selection of Atlantic fish, while the chips are perfectly cubed bits of potato more akin to home fries. It's a steal during happy hour, when it is half price ($6).
2007 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. The Queen Vic

1206 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
As one of the few English pubs in D.C., The Queen Vic is one of the standard bearers of the cuisine. Along with a full English breakfast, Sunday roasts, and bangers and mash, it serves a fine fish and chips — with malt vinegar, of course.
1206 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

10. Sei

444 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
SEI does an Asian fusion interpretation of fish and chips as a sushi roll. Composed of flounder, crispy potato bits, malt vinegar, and wasabi tartar, it's a lighter, unique spin on a traditionally greasy, heavy meal.
444 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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