Best Thing We Ate

7 Must-Try Fish 'n' Chips in Dallas

By Steven Lindsey  |  July 10, 2015

Chances are you're not on a beach right now. Or at a pub in merry old England. But that shouldn't stop you from taking your taste buds on a flavor vacation starring an all-time classic seafood dish: fish 'n' chips. Here are some of the best places right now to get your fins on this deep-fried favorite, regardless of whether you're on Team Tartar or Team Malt & Vinegar.

Dallas Fish Market
Head to this fine Downtown seafood restaurant at lunch for executive chef Richard Triptow's version. Generous portions of tempura-battered Chatham cod (above) and fries are accompanied by the zippy flavors of kimchi tartar sauce and house pickles.

1501 Main St.; 214-744-3474

Luscher's Red Hots
A Deep Ellum hot dog joint for fish 'n' chips? You betcha. Every Friday, chef-owner Brian Luscher serves up a basketful of tiny 2-3-inch freshwater Great Lakes smelt, individually battered and fried. Served with fries, Napa slaw and rye bread, these bite-size babies are the Buffalo wings of the fish 'n' chips world.

2653 Commerce St.; 214-434-1006


Coconut's Fish Cafe
This Inwood Village fish taco spot also serves up fantastic fish 'n' chips with Hawaiian flair. Instead of the more traditional cod, diners can choose between battered ono or mahi mahi (pictured above).

5600 W. Lovers Ln.; 469-729-9346

Capitol Pub
Over on Henderson Avenue, this neighborhood pub is frying up Smithwicks Ale–battered cod with traditional tartar sauce and hand-cut fries, perfect for enjoying during an evening on the patio.

2401 N. Henderson Ave.; 214-887-9330


Meddlesome Moth
The Design District's popular gastropub serves up a very traditional cod, beer-battered and served with chips, pea mash and malt vinegar. Pairs superbly with an English bitter ale.

1621 Oak Lawn Ave.; 214-628-7900

Paul Martin's American Grill
During happy hour at this just-opened Turtle Creek restaurant, wild-caught whitefish is prepared with a crispy, house-recipe beer batter. Guests receive two pieces served with housemade tartar sauce, french fries and choice of craft beer.

3848 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 210; 214 521-0116


Photo by Brian Hilson

20 Feet Seafood Joint
Line-caught cod is the star of this Lake Highlands seafood spot's light and crispy fish 'n' chips, served with homemade cocktail and tartar sauces. But these are some special chips, tossed with rosemary and whole cloves of roasted garlic.

1160 Peavy Rd.; 972-707-7442