Food & Drink

The 7 best fish & chips spots in Seattle

Published On 07/16/2014 Published On 07/16/2014
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One of the best things about living in the Northwest is that we've got great new restaurants opening all the time. Another great thing about it is that those restaurants serve only the freshest seafood… and by fresh, we mean fresh out of the deep fryer. So, check out our list of the seven best spots to find one of Seattle's signature dishes: fish & chips.

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Pacific Inn Pub

Fremont
Pacific Inn does their fish & chips a little differently than most. Their version kicks harder, thanks to a powerful spice combo and extra-crispy breading, and would make the nautical-inspired bar next to Gas Works Park a staple even if they didn't also have a killer happy hour and sweet patio for outdoor boozing.

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Ivar’s Salmon House

Wallingford
The best thing about this legendary Ship Canal-side fast foodery might be its seven-and-a-half-hour happy hour, but the second best thing is definitely their selection of this classic combo, which includes beer-battered Alaskan halibut, their world-famous Alaskan true cod, and more.

Pike Street Fish Fry

Pike Street Fish Fry

Capitol Hill
Open until midnight on weekdays and 2:30am on the weekends, PSFF is one of Cap Hill's sweetest late-night nosh destinations, effortlessly luring Neumos/Barboza show-goers to this almost-seatless spot with fish tacos, fried asparagus, and... duh!... five kinds of fish & chips, including clams, which aren't even really a fish!

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Chippy’s Fish and Drink

Ballard
In what used to be the sleepier end of Ballard lives Chippy’s, Ethan Stowell’s stylish (and new-ish) foray into the fish & chips world. The breezy 25-seater opened in May and serves nearly 50 different beers, along with an awesomely rich take on its (sort of) titular dish.

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Spud Fish & Chips

West Seattle
As comical as the fish that graces Spud’s sign might look, their fish & chips are no joke. It's been a West Seattle institution since it opened in 1934, and it's also pretty much the only place to get fish & chips on the beach in Seattle.

Emerald City Fish & Chips Co.

Emerald City Fish & Chips

Rainier Valley
This Rainier Valley spot mostly reps founder Stevie Allen’s Southern roots, with the help of Northwest ingredients. The menu's full of things like crab puppies, po boys, homemade gumbo on Monday and Tuesday nights, and of course, fish & chips, which aren't really Southern... but hey, at least they're fried.

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Red Mill Totem House

Sunset Hill
If you thought Red Mill was just about burgers, you thought wrong. The Red Mill Totem House makes their fish & chips with hand-cut wild Alaskan cod and serves it up with their infamous Red Mill tartar sauce. Bonus points go to this joint for its prime real estate across the Ballard Locks, where after eating dead ones, you can watch live fish swim up river.

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1. The Pacific Inn 3501 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103 (Fremont)

Pacific Inn has some seriously good fish 'n chips with a bit of a kick, thanks to a powerful spice combo and extra crispy breading, so don't miss this spot next to Gasworks Park.

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2. Ivar's 1001 Alaskan Way, Pier 54, Seattle, WA 98104 (Downtown)

Ivar's is a classic waterfront fish house serving lunch and dinner on Elliott Bay.

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3. Pike Street Fish Fry 925 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122 (Capitol Hill)

Open ‘til midnight on weekdays and 2:30am on the weekends, this place is an awesome for late night seafood cravings. Try the fish tacos or fish 'n chips.

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4. Chippy's Fish & Drink 4741 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

This old school fish 'n chips joint is Ethan Stowell's newest spot. It's only got room for 25 seats, but it features a roll-up front door to maximize your Summer enjoyment. Be sure to try Dungeness Crab Roll Sandwich and True Cod and Chips.

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5. Spud Fish & Chips 2666 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116 (West Seattle)

Spud Fish & Chips has been a landmark in the neighborhood since 1969 partially because of their outstanding service, but more likely because their fish and chips are so good, down to the last bite.

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6. Emerald City Fish n Chips 3756 Rainier Ave S,, Seattle, WA 98144 (Rainier Valley)

This Rainier Valley spot's must-try item are the crab puppies... and the po boys... and the gumbo... and of course, fish n’ chips. So basically everything.

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7. Red Mill Totem House 3058 NW 54th St, Seattle, WA 98107 (Ballard)

Red Mill’s Totem House has awesome burgers, but their fish ‘n chips with hand cut wild Alaskan Cod steal the show at this Sunset Hill spot.

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