Food & Drink

Where to Get Boston's 12 Best Plates of Fish & Chips

Published On 02/23/2015 Published On 02/23/2015
The Barking Crab
Courtesy of Cask 'n Flagon
Emmet's Pub & Restaurant
DruidPub Cambridge
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1. The Barking Crab 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210

Grub includes favorites like Jonah crab claws, spicy beer-battered shrimp (tossed in soy molasses sauce), and steamed lobsters.

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2. The Bancroft 15 Third Ave, Burlington, MA 01803

This cavernous suburban restaurant has all the delicious and mood-setting frills to make sure Burlington is worth the drive. From the house made flavored salts that season the cuts, the tomahawk steak presented tableside, then brought back to the kitchen for carving, to the polenta cakes shaped like little cows that accompany each steak. As far as setting, Bancroft's modern iron and glass decor is a refreshing detour from the standard dark wood and brass, and both the cocktail and wine programs demand you designate someone else to drive home.

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3. Cask 'n Flagon 62 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Cask 'n Flagon is a burger bar near Fenway that is loved by sports fans and burger lovers alike. Here you can enjoy creative cocktails, a solid beer list, and some great menu options even if you don't feel like ordering a burger. Cask 'n Flagon should be at the top of your Boston bar list.

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4. The Druid 1357 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Inman Square’s highly regarded, very authentic Irish pub offers a highly regarded, very authentic homage to this classic dish. Fresh cod and hand-cut fries take center stage in the Druid Fish & Chips, and then house tartar and the traditional “wrapped in newspaper” presentation steal the show. (Just like Ireland, except closer.) Suggested pairing: beer.

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5. Emmets Pub & Restaurant 6 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

Emmetts, the Emerald Isle annex nestled in Beacon Hill, pours a mean stout and fries an even meaner fish & chips. Your plate o’ gold is covered with beer-battered New England haddock, “skin on” steak-style fries, slaw, and tartar sauce (obvi). And you’ll need some Irish Potato Skins, a dynamite combo of skins crowned with shepherd pie mix.

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6. Island Creek Oyster Bar 500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Everything about Island Creek’s modern, simple decor and comfortable atmosphere makes you think of an upscale coastal shanty, not to mention the shellfish is impeccable. The raw bar is the main draw here as some of the oysters are sourced directly from its farm of the same name in Duxbury Bay, but you can also get other local New England staples like, Chatham, Wellfleet, and Pearly White. You’ll find daily changing fresh fish options like, Maine Grilled Salmon with mustard spaetzle and apple purée, Falmouth Bluefish with delicata squash and chorizo, and Fried Ipswich Clams, plus brunch fare like, Salt Cod Cakes with house-made baked beans, a fried egg, and bacon.

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7. Itadaki 269 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

Open on Newbury St, this Japanese izakaya has a full liquor license, and Chef Fuji is rolling out unique bites and fusion flavors (including SUSHI PIZZA!), with over 30 types of sake and 15 shochus to wash it all down.

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8. J.J. Foley's Fireside Tavern 30 Hyde Park Ave, Boston, MA 02130

Locals love hanging out at J. J. Foley's for many reasons. Their backroom dartboard, late-night bar menu, and great beer selections are just a few of the things we appreciate about spending time at J. J. Foley's. We highly recommend this bar to anyone looking for a fun place to drink in South End.

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9. JP Seafood Cafe 730 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This ain’t your Uncle Declan’s fish and chips! The popular Pan Asian spot pulls out all the stops for its platter, and it's so good that it resides on the Chef’s Special menu. Carefully selected whitefish are coated in JP Seafood’s famous extra-crispy batter and fried all the way to Sizzle Town.

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10. Matt Murphy's Pub 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, MA 02445

Offering the friendly vibe of Cheers without the tourists, Matt Murphy's in Brookline Village is a popular neighborhood pub with craft beer and excellent Irish-whiskey cocktails, plus fish & chips that are the real deal: wrapped in newspaper and anointed with pickled onions and malt vinegar. They're joined on the menu by other Irish pub classics like shepherd's pie and a hearty beef stew, which you'll want to top off with some sticky toffee pudding. Matt Murphy's may have a spiffier look than your standard watering hole (don't expect any TVs either), but it still has the cash-only policy.

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11. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar 381 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144

Located in Davis Square, Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar offers roadhouse regional comfort food from Chef/Partner John Delpha and Chef/Owner Joe Cassinelli, known for his nearby Davis Square faves Posto and The Painted Burro. There are traditional plates like fried green tomatoes and the fried chicken thigh platter, as well as distinctive must-try dishes like dry fried green beans (with smoked pork shoulder) and the "BBQ Baconator Meatloaf Fatty" (poblano-onion gravy).

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12. Yankee Lobster Co. 300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

This market sells fresh fish, yes, but don't forgo its cooked food menu, which offers up the likes of stuffed scallops, fish and chips, and lobster rolls.