Fish and chips are an English casual food staple, but you don’t need to travel to the United Kingdom to enjoy the classic dish. There are plenty of Philadelphia spots offering top-notch versions of the battered and fried fish and potato pairing. (Note: Despite the typical meaning of “chips” in the U.S., it usually means thick-cut French fries in this case.)
The Plough & The Stars
123 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 733-0300

Offering hearty pub fare and live Irish music on Sunday nights, The Plough & The Stars is one of the city’s most popular Irish pubs. The fish and chips are a comfort food favorite available on the weekday lunch and weekend brunch menus. The beer-battered haddock comes with a side of fries and homemade tartar sauce for $13. You’ll also love the fresh-baked Irish soda bread to start the meal.

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King George Inn II; Photo credit: Michelle Hein

King George Inn II
102 Radcliffe St.
Bristol, PA 19007
(215) 788-5536

Located on the Delaware River in Bristol Borough, the King George Inn prides itself on being the oldest continuously operated inn in the country. New owners took over the historic spot in early 2015, but the charm and dedication to friendly service and quality food remain the same. The restaurant boasts waterfront views, five dining rooms, a tavern and outdoor patio dining, making it suitable for occasions ranging from an after-work drink and pub fare to special date nights, family dinner and parties. English-style fish and chips are a popular casual option available for lunch, dinner or in the tavern. The $16 dish features fresh beer-battered cod served with house-cut fries and tartar sauce.

The Victoria Freehouse
10 S. Front St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 543-6089

The Victoria Freehouse opened in 2013 in the building formerly occupied by Swanky Bubbles, but any remnants of the defunct champagne bar have been replaced by warm wood paneling, church pews with long tables, dark hardwood floors and charm. There’s a whole section of the menu dedicated to chip combos with options including battered chicken, sausage and the classic fish. The market fresh fish is crispy, flakey and moist – everything you expect from a good fried fish. Choose from two sizes: $14 for the small and $18 for the large.

National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant
22 S. 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 701-4883

The National Mechanics Building has a history going all the way back to 1837 when it was used as Mechanics National Bank. In the years since, it has been used as a bank, club, bar and church and has survived several fires. Today, it’s home to one of Old City’s most popular bar and restaurants – a unique spot that blends gothic architecture, old world charm and eccentric decor that pays tribute to all things mechanical. The menu offers a mixture of gourmet and casual bar food, ranging from nachos and wings to ribeye and lollipop lamb chops. The fish and chips are listed as a “small plate,” but it can easily serve as dinner. The $12 dish features beer-battered cod fillets, thick-cut fries, coleslaw and homemade tartar sauce.

The Dandelion; Photo credit: Michelle Hein

The Dandelion
124 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 558-2500

Like most of Stephen Starr’s restaurants, The Dandelion embraces a theme and makes guests feel as if they’ve been transported from the streets of Philadelphia. In this case, the atmosphere is a cozy English gastropub with menu favorites such as bangers and mash, Yorkshire pudding, shepherd’s pie and the restaurant’s top seller – fish and chips. The fish and chips are made with line-caught Chatham cod that’s dipped in a Yards beer batter and then fried in beef fat. The crispy cod is served with thick Idaho potato wedges that are triple-cooked in, you guessed it, more beef fat. Housemade ketchup and tartar sauce are the finishing touches. The $19.75 dish is available for brunch, lunch and dinner.

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Michelle Hein is the social media editor for a women’s fashion company in Bucks County by day and a self-proclaimed food and drink fanatic by night and weekend. She enjoys attending wine classes, trying new recipes in the kitchen and going to old favorites and new restaurants alike in the Bucks County and Philadelphia area. If the writing gig doesn’t pan out, she constantly dreams of owning her own bakery…perhaps connected to the restaurant/bar that her lawyer husband would love to open.
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