Batter up Toronto.
There’s not only plenty of fish in this city but also a dozen excellent kitchens to cook ’em. Here’s where to find all the best fish and chips and vinegar in Toronto.
This gem in Harbord Village is a favourite with the locals who like to slide into the picnic tables out front on a sunny day to unwrap their newspaper package filled with crispy battered fish and fries.
Address: 147 Harbord Street, Toronto
The St. Lawrence Market fish monger, turned lunch counter, now boasts locations dotting Toronto’s downtown and a food truck! On the menu, find an abundance of seafare including classic halibut, haddock, and various other battered and fried seafoods with golden chips.
Address: St. Lawrence Market, 93 Front Street East, Toronto
Address: 120 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
After a recent revamp, this old school spot on the east side is looking better than ever while the menu – featuring fish and chips AND Indian curries – is as reliable as ever. Cod, haddock, salmon, and halibut are all on the menu along with coconut shrimp, jalapeno popcorn shrimp, fried clam strips, and more!
Address: 954 Queen Street East, Toronto
Let this St. Clair West chippy bewitch you with its Ocean Wise-friendly menu. The selection includes everything from haddock and halibut to trout, cod, and pickerel, beautifully battered and fried to a golden crisp.
Address: 636 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Across from Trinity Bellwoods Hooky’s (formerly Chippy’s) slings a line up of halibut, haddock, and cod along with prawns, calamari, scallops, and the occasional deep fried soft shell crab special. The mushy peas and hot curry that accompany your fries are just gravy on top if it all.
Address: 893 Queen Street West, Toronto
This fish ’n chip outfit in Kensington Market offers plenty of fish to choose from. Haddock, halibut, cod, and salmon are all on the menu along with exceptional sides like a killer poutine and deep-fried pickles.
Address: 201 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
Since 1930 this stalwart near Main Street Station has been dishing up battered fish and seafood specialties along with hand-cut fries, slaw, and slices of pie.
Address: 2638 Danforth Avenue, Toronto
With a full bar, broad seafood-focused menu, and quirky eclectic decor, this proper sit-down restaurant in Riverdale is positively date-worthy. Of course, they do take out too, so if you want your three-fish-in-a-basket to go it’s no big deal.
Address: 749 Broadview Avenue, Toronto
Crazy creations are what this kitchen, north of Toronto, is known for but don’t let the beastly burgers distract you: the fish and chips are very worthwhile.
Address: 5100 Rutherford Road, Toronto
British ex-pats have owned this Leaside chippy since 1992, though they had been perfecting their craft as far back as 1969 in England. Not only can you get a proper fry up at this joint, but they also offer mushy peas on the side. .
Address: 96 Laird Drive, East York
Everyone on Instagram seems to opt for the innovated lobster rolls or crab-topped fries but FOTB excels at the classics too. Fish and chip feature halibut only and are served with fresh cut fries, house-made tartar sauce, and broccoli slaw.
Great Scott! This North York establishment serves everything from fish & chips to steak and kidney pie, mushy peas, and tattie scones. Sticky toffee pudding for dessert and Irn Bru will surely seal the deal for home-sick Scotts.
Address: 55 Underhill Drive, North York
With two locations in Toronto, there’s no excuse for letting this one escape. We’re not talking about the love of your life though, just excellent examples of fried haddock, halibut, arctic char, pickerel, and cod, either on a bun or in a basket with crispy fries and tangy tartar sauce.
Address: 581 King Street West, Toronto
Address: 2392 Bloor St. West, Toronto: