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Where to Eat Fish and Chips in Chicago

It doesn’t have to be Lent to enjoy crispy fish and fries

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It doesn’t have to be Lent for Chicagoans to enjoy fish and chips. There are plenty of variations of the tried and true fish fry, and midwesterners excel at producing perfectly golden filets with gourmet sauces — or tartar if you’re bound by tradition. A few of these pubs and restaurants have special seasonal options, but most allow fish and chips to remain on their menus year-round. So grab a bottle of malt vinegar and go crazy. These are Eater Chicago’s favorite plates of fish and chips.

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Galvin's Public House

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Over in Jefferson Park, Galvin’s is the place to visit for fried fish. The kitchen serves beer-battered Atlantic cod, as well as Shephard’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and traditional Irish breakfast.

Hagen's Fish Market

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Family owned since 1966, Hagen's sells deep-fried seafood by the pound (weighed pre-frying). Choose between lake perch and smelt for fish and fries and tater tots for the chips. The store is takeout-only, but there are tables and chairs outside in better weather.

Troha's Chicken & Shrimp House

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Open since 1917, this Little Village institution specializes in fried foods. The menu caters to different tastes by offering four types of fish: Cod, perch, and smelt, plus a Lenten special on whiting, two pounds for $23. Order here for carryout.

The Atlantic Bar & Grill

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Fans of football (that is, what Americans call soccer) head to this Lincoln Square Irish pub to enjoy a pint and some fish and chips while catching a match. It’s also a destination for live music and open mic nights.

Gannon's Pub

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A cozy neighborhood spot favored by Univeristy of Michigan fans, Gannon’s has served fish and chips since its founding in 2003. Its battered cod is available two ways: in two six-ounce pieces with fries, slaw, and tartar sauce, or as tacos with mango salsa.

Horse Thief Hollow

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Horse Thief Hollow is one of Chicago’s best brewpubs, and is unrolling a special Lenten menu featuring Lake Superior perch fish fry, cornmeal-breaded oysters on the half shell, and more. The options are especially satisfying with the cold adult beverages. If only someone could find one here...

Tuman's Tap and Grill

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In recent years, this popular dive bar with an underrated food menu, has added more craft beer to its taps. For Lent, it’s featuring beer-battered cod and hand-cut fries on Friday from Ash Wednesday February 14) through March 29. Bartenders are also pouring Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbiers, or seasonal unfiltered Lenten beers brewed by monks since the Middle Ages.

Half Acre Beer Co

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Half Acre Beer’s North Side brewery has been going through a menu refresh over the last few months, with the biggest update coming in early February where you’ll find a combo of burgers and basic bar fare mingled with Filipino flavors (the lumpia is a highlight). The fish and chips is more traditional, with a battered walleye coming out with duck fat confit potatoes as the chips. Fish and chips should be a default item at all brewpubs, and this one goes well with Half Acre’s full variety of brews — the fish complements the dark stouts just as well as it does the light lagers. 

A close up of fish and chips. Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

Basant Modern Indian Restaurant

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Basant does fish and chips Indian style, covering its cod in a spice rub before frying and then serving it up with mint chutney and a side of spicy fries. Order online here.

The Globe Pub

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The favorite pub of football fans serves a beer-battered cod that satisfies every time. Online ordering is available via Toast.

Ina Mae

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Fried catfish and seafood (think oysters, crawfish, and shrimp) get the seafood tower treatment at Big Easy-style tavern Ina Mae, where chef Brian Jupiter and his team offer a Po Man’s Seafood Tower with crispy cayenne potatoes and hushpuppies. Diners can also cut to the chase with a plate of fried catfish with French bread and cajun fries.

Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant

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Lady Gregory’s in Andersonville serves up a fine plate of fish and chips. The haddock is a change from the usual perch, cod, and whiting, and a gluten-free variation is available.

3rd Coast Fish Bar

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3rd Coast Fish Bar, which was founded by DMK, offers tons of seafood options, including a fish and chips set with beer-battered cod, slaw, and tartar sauce.

Armitage Alehouse

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Lincoln Park’s Armitage Alehouse, helmed by the owners of Au Cheval, injects British-Indian flavors into a good portion of its menu. When it comes to fish and chips, however, the restaurant embraces British tradition with fried pike, malt vinegar, and remoulade.

Duke Of Perth

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One of Chicago’s most popular fish fries is at Duke of Perth, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays when the beer-battered cod is all-you-can-eat (dine-in only). Call for takeout orders.

Pleasant House Pub

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Pleasant House continues to serve its Friday-only fish fry after relocating to Pilsen in 2016. Staff use Lake Superior whitefish and beer in the batter. An underrated aspect of the restaurant is its sauces: the lemon-caper tartar sauce is a terrific complement to the fish. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

The Gage

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The paper cone presentation does not affect the taste of the Gage's fish and chips, but it's a fun homage to the British tradition of serving the dish in newspaper. The kitchen always Irish super stout Guinness to batter pieces of Icelandic cod. Order online here.

Monarch & Lion

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The owners of Rooh Chicago attempted to open a British pub in Streeterville with a healthy dose of British Indian fare. The owners were surprised that locals see Monarch & Lion more as a restaurant than a sports bar, but that’s OK. The food brings elevated charm and the fish and chips are ironically coated with a batter made with IPA (Indian Pale Ale). It’s haddock for this one and they’ll serve mushy peas upon request.

Kingfish Seafood

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Let's show some love to the bottom-dwelling catfish, which Chicagoans and others in much of the landlocked Midwest have come to respect. Kingfish, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, offers a golden-brown version, along with perch, whitefish, and more.

Honey 1 BBQ

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The folks at Honey 1 BBQ in Bronzeville put a Southern spin on fried fish by using cornbread batter and dousing it with hot sauce (if desired).

Daisy's Po' Boy and Tavern

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James Beard Award-winning chef Erick Williams (Virtue) keeps it casual at Daisy’s, his no-frills homage to Cajun and Creole cooking in Hyde Park. The fried catfish plate is served with fries, cajun slaw, and a biscuit. There’s also a fried alligator plate — reportedly, church officials confirmed that alligator meat is acceptable fare during Lent after a New Orleans archbishop put in a request.

The interior dining room at Daisy’s Po’Boy and Tavern. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Surf's Up South Shore

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Surf’s Up specialty is fried lobster and Hennessy sauced chicken wings, but there’s plenty of fish variety: fried perch, catfish, and whiting, all with cornbread coating. The restaurant is temporarily closed for renovations and is slated to reopen in mid-March 2024.

Calumet Fisheries

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Though it’s best known for smoked seafood, this little South Side shack balances its menu with wonderfully fried fish and shrimp coated in a family recipe batter. The James Beard Foundation deemed the business an American Classic in 2010. Calumet Fisheries is temporarily closed for repairs following extensive damage from an electrical fire in November 2023.

Galvin's Public House

Over in Jefferson Park, Galvin’s is the place to visit for fried fish. The kitchen serves beer-battered Atlantic cod, as well as Shephard’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, and traditional Irish breakfast.

Hagen's Fish Market

Family owned since 1966, Hagen's sells deep-fried seafood by the pound (weighed pre-frying). Choose between lake perch and smelt for fish and fries and tater tots for the chips. The store is takeout-only, but there are tables and chairs outside in better weather.

Troha's Chicken & Shrimp House

Open since 1917, this Little Village institution specializes in fried foods. The menu caters to different tastes by offering four types of fish: Cod, perch, and smelt, plus a Lenten special on whiting, two pounds for $23. Order here for carryout.

The Atlantic Bar & Grill

Fans of football (that is, what Americans call soccer) head to this Lincoln Square Irish pub to enjoy a pint and some fish and chips while catching a match. It’s also a destination for live music and open mic nights.

Gannon's Pub

A cozy neighborhood spot favored by Univeristy of Michigan fans, Gannon’s has served fish and chips since its founding in 2003. Its battered cod is available two ways: in two six-ounce pieces with fries, slaw, and tartar sauce, or as tacos with mango salsa.

Horse Thief Hollow

Horse Thief Hollow is one of Chicago’s best brewpubs, and is unrolling a special Lenten menu featuring Lake Superior perch fish fry, cornmeal-breaded oysters on the half shell, and more. The options are especially satisfying with the cold adult beverages. If only someone could find one here...

Tuman's Tap and Grill

In recent years, this popular dive bar with an underrated food menu, has added more craft beer to its taps. For Lent, it’s featuring beer-battered cod and hand-cut fries on Friday from Ash Wednesday February 14) through March 29. Bartenders are also pouring Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbiers, or seasonal unfiltered Lenten beers brewed by monks since the Middle Ages.

Half Acre Beer Co

Half Acre Beer’s North Side brewery has been going through a menu refresh over the last few months, with the biggest update coming in early February where you’ll find a combo of burgers and basic bar fare mingled with Filipino flavors (the lumpia is a highlight). The fish and chips is more traditional, with a battered walleye coming out with duck fat confit potatoes as the chips. Fish and chips should be a default item at all brewpubs, and this one goes well with Half Acre’s full variety of brews — the fish complements the dark stouts just as well as it does the light lagers. 

A close up of fish and chips. Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

Basant Modern Indian Restaurant

Basant does fish and chips Indian style, covering its cod in a spice rub before frying and then serving it up with mint chutney and a side of spicy fries. Order online here.

The Globe Pub

The favorite pub of football fans serves a beer-battered cod that satisfies every time. Online ordering is available via Toast.

Ina Mae

Fried catfish and seafood (think oysters, crawfish, and shrimp) get the seafood tower treatment at Big Easy-style tavern Ina Mae, where chef Brian Jupiter and his team offer a Po Man’s Seafood Tower with crispy cayenne potatoes and hushpuppies. Diners can also cut to the chase with a plate of fried catfish with French bread and cajun fries.

Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant

Lady Gregory’s in Andersonville serves up a fine plate of fish and chips. The haddock is a change from the usual perch, cod, and whiting, and a gluten-free variation is available.

3rd Coast Fish Bar

3rd Coast Fish Bar, which was founded by DMK, offers tons of seafood options, including a fish and chips set with beer-battered cod, slaw, and tartar sauce.

Armitage Alehouse

Lincoln Park’s Armitage Alehouse, helmed by the owners of Au Cheval, injects British-Indian flavors into a good portion of its menu. When it comes to fish and chips, however, the restaurant embraces British tradition with fried pike, malt vinegar, and remoulade.

Duke Of Perth

One of Chicago’s most popular fish fries is at Duke of Perth, especially on Wednesdays and Fridays when the beer-battered cod is all-you-can-eat (dine-in only). Call for takeout orders.

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Pleasant House Pub

Pleasant House continues to serve its Friday-only fish fry after relocating to Pilsen in 2016. Staff use Lake Superior whitefish and beer in the batter. An underrated aspect of the restaurant is its sauces: the lemon-caper tartar sauce is a terrific complement to the fish. Carryout and delivery orders can be placed here.

The Gage

The paper cone presentation does not affect the taste of the Gage's fish and chips, but it's a fun homage to the British tradition of serving the dish in newspaper. The kitchen always Irish super stout Guinness to batter pieces of Icelandic cod. Order online here.

Monarch & Lion

The owners of Rooh Chicago attempted to open a British pub in Streeterville with a healthy dose of British Indian fare. The owners were surprised that locals see Monarch & Lion more as a restaurant than a sports bar, but that’s OK. The food brings elevated charm and the fish and chips are ironically coated with a batter made with IPA (Indian Pale Ale). It’s haddock for this one and they’ll serve mushy peas upon request.

Kingfish Seafood

Let's show some love to the bottom-dwelling catfish, which Chicagoans and others in much of the landlocked Midwest have come to respect. Kingfish, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, offers a golden-brown version, along with perch, whitefish, and more.

Honey 1 BBQ

The folks at Honey 1 BBQ in Bronzeville put a Southern spin on fried fish by using cornbread batter and dousing it with hot sauce (if desired).

Daisy's Po' Boy and Tavern

James Beard Award-winning chef Erick Williams (Virtue) keeps it casual at Daisy’s, his no-frills homage to Cajun and Creole cooking in Hyde Park. The fried catfish plate is served with fries, cajun slaw, and a biscuit. There’s also a fried alligator plate — reportedly, church officials confirmed that alligator meat is acceptable fare during Lent after a New Orleans archbishop put in a request.

The interior dining room at Daisy’s Po’Boy and Tavern. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Surf's Up South Shore

Surf’s Up specialty is fried lobster and Hennessy sauced chicken wings, but there’s plenty of fish variety: fried perch, catfish, and whiting, all with cornbread coating. The restaurant is temporarily closed for renovations and is slated to reopen in mid-March 2024.

Calumet Fisheries

Though it’s best known for smoked seafood, this little South Side shack balances its menu with wonderfully fried fish and shrimp coated in a family recipe batter. The James Beard Foundation deemed the business an American Classic in 2010. Calumet Fisheries is temporarily closed for repairs following extensive damage from an electrical fire in November 2023.

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