Barbarella wrote:has anyone been to the Duke of Perth on Clark? they used to have a good fish fry...
I don't mean to pick on you Barbarella but D of P was mentioned earlier in this thread and I think, in general, people have different ideas of what a "fish fry" is.
I wonder if anyone else agrees with me on this, but I don't think of D of P as a "fish fry." It's fish and chips in the British pub style. (they do a very good job, by the way).
I look at it this way:
Fish and Chips comes in to versions:
1) Pub style - Usually haddock that has been battered (usually in a beer batter) and deep fried served with "chips" (fries) and often accompanied by peas. The fish comes out with a thick deep golden brown coating. Pretty much every English or Irish pub in the world has this dish and not just on Fridays.
2) Chip-shop style - haddock that is lightly breaded/floured (or a thin batter) and deep fried. Served with fries and wrapped in newspaper. The fish has a paper thin crisp crust - sort of like fried-chicken- and has light golden color.
Never been to England or Ireland but I had an Irish friend in San Francisco who told me about a place thiere called "The Old Chelsea" and described it as a truly authentic "Chip Shop." Just across the street from this place was a scottish pub called "Edinburgh Castle." At the Castle, you could order Old Chelsea from the waitress or bartender. I lived in SF for 6 years and I would say going to Edinburgh Castle is the biggest thing I miss about SF.
Then there is a "fish fry."
Midwest style fish fry is usually a lake fish I've been seeking a good fish fry to try out. I think of it as a whole different thing than british fish and chips.
The other "fish fry", which I've never seen outside my hometown of Albany, NY, is a long piece of of a whitefish breaded and deepfried and served on a hot dog roll and topped with a mild chili sauce. There were a handful of places in Albany that served this - This is the only
thing I miss about living in Albany, NY - Friday night trip to Ted's Fish Fry or Bob & Ron's Fish Fry. Albany needs to get with whomever in Buffalo spread the "wing" across the country and get this out there. It's delicious.
I wonder if other LTHers has a solid recommendation in Chicago on non-F&C fish fry.