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Best Fish And Chips In The Baltimore Area

August 8, 2012 6:00 AM

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Though steamed crabs are an unofficial trademark of Maryland cuisine, it’s not the only seafood Charm City chefs and patrons are privy to. Baltimore is home to venues that serve the best of all waterborne fare, including the classic seafood staple fish and chips. Originally popularized in places like Britain and Ireland, Baltimore restaurants serve up plates good enough to rival those made abroad. Check out this list of the best five places in Charm City to hook a serving of F&C.
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Ryan’s Daughter (photo credit: Tracy Dye)

Ryan’s Daughter
600 E Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, Md. 21212
(410) 464-1000
rdirishpub.com

Price: $15.99

Located in gorgeous Belvedere Square, Ryan’s Daughter has the luck of the Irish on its side when it comes to classic Irish dishes. Locals rave about the quality fare and many name the venue as their favorite Irish-style pub in Baltimore, with special attention to its knockout F&C. Fresh cod and ingredients that are made in house make this dish a winner every time. Unlike many venues that use the belly meat of the fish, Ryan’s Daughter uses the tail end of fresh cod before frying it up in a Guinness batter. Using the tail of the fish creates a filet that is perfectly crispy without being greasy. The chips also have a delectable crunch and are never soggy. Finally, patrons can finish off their plate with some coleslaw and top their fish with the restaurant’s zesty remoulade sauce, made fresh daily.

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Mick Shea’s (photo credit: Tracy Dye)

Mick O’Shea’s
328 N Charles St
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 539-7504
mickosheas.com

Price: $11

Great music, Irish cuisine and a rustic, inclusive atmosphere make Mick O’Shea’s a regular after-work and weekend hangout for locals. Tinney’s Fish-and-Chips is one of the most recommended dishes at O’Shea’s. The recipe calls for a Guinness batter and fresh cod topped with Old Bay, seasoning favored by Marylanders. The dish is served on a bed of tender steak fries with tartar sauce and coleslaw on the side. The kitchen closes at midnight every night and a brunch menu is provided on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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James Joyce (photo credit: Tracy Dye)

James Joyce
616 S President St
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 727-5107
thejamesjoycepub.com

Price: $14.95

One would be hard pressed to find a more authentic Irish pub and restaurant in Baltimore, because James Joyce was actually designed and built in Ireland before being shipped over to Charm City. The venue lives up to its slogan, “The Home of Irish Hospitality” both in environment and cuisine. James Joyce’s traditional Fish & Chips is made fresh in house, hand battered with a special James Joyce lager batter and fried golden brown. Each order is served hot and fresh with a homemade tartar sauce and seasoned fries.

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Mama’s On the Half Shell (photo credit: Tracy Dye)

Mama’s On the Half Shell
2901 O’Donnell St
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 276-3160
mamasmd.com

Price: $14.99

Be sure to bring a large appetite to Mama’s On the Half Shell when ordering the Fish & Chips. Mama’s takes gargantuan pieces of fresh cod and fries them in a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer batter that is thick and rich but not too greasy. Instead of fries as the “chips” for the dish, actual potato chips surround the massive entrée with sides of homemade tartar sauce and chipotle-lime sauce. The masterpiece is a feast for both the eyes and stomach.

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Red Brick Station’s Fish and Chips (photo credit: Tracy Dye)

Red Brick Station
8149 Honeygo Blvd
White Marsh, Md. 21236
(410) 931-7827
redbrickstation.com

Price: $13.99

Red Brick Station has a welcoming ambience that has turned many locals into regulars. A unique characteristic of this restaurant and pub is the hand-crafted beers, which are brewed right in the restaurant and always on tap. The original brews—such as the mildly-spiced Avenue Ale or the dark and robust Spooner’s Stout—make for the perfect complement to an order of Red Brick Station’s Famous Fish & Chips. Instead of the oft-used cod fish, Red Brick Station uses pollock covered in a beer batter using one of its hand-crafted brews. The fish is extremely tender and light in flavor; the peppery medley of seasonings in the batter makes for the perfect complement to pollock’s mild taste. The dish is served over a generous bed of crispy French fries and a side of coleslaw and tartar sauce.

Tracy Dye has always had an affinity toward writing and the arts. A fan of exploring all the hidden gems in Baltimore outside of her work and studies, Tracy is thrilled for the opportunity to bring residents all the latest on nightlife and music in the area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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