The Best Fish-and-Chips in America
A Salt and Battery, New York, New York
Motto: "In cod we trust." A British expatriate couple launched this tiny but authentic British fish-and-chips purveyor next to their Greenwich Village tea shop (later adding a second, East Village location). How authentic? Reps from both the BBC and The Times of London have tasted and approved. For dessert, try an old Scottish treat: a deep-fried Mars bar (really); 212-691-2713, 212-254-6610, or asaltandbattery.com.
Andria's Seafood Restaurant and Market, Ventura, California
A huge variety of seafood -- almost all of it fresh from the market side of the business -- comes fried, charbroiled, or stir-fried. We love the fish-and-chips, especially the halibut, which arrives as five big, moist pieces. The views show off the harbor and mountains, but the star is on the platter in front of you; 805-654-0546 or andriasseafood.com.
Tides Tavern, Gig Harbor, Washington
Some places neglect the "chips" part, but here both the flavorful Alaskan halibut and thick, Texas-style fries share the spotlight. The setting and atmosphere at Tides Tavern serve up the essence of the Pacific Northwest: Fir trees line hillsides surrounding a busy little harbor. Everyone from tattooed hipsters to tech execs mingles here; 253-858-3982 or tidestavern.com.
The Bamboo Room Restaurant, Haines, Alaska
The juicy, ultrafresh halibut fish-and-chips in this homey small-town diner are the best we've had. Wash it down with a beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company and thank your lucky stars for the Alaskan bounty; 907-766-2800, bamboopioneer.net.
The Wharf Rat, Baltimore, Maryland
With great fish-and-chips, excellent craft beers, nautical decor, and an air of elegance gone to seed, this cozy place in Baltimore's funky Fells Point neighborhood has it all. The craft beer selection changes frequently and features beers from some of the finest micro-breweries; 410-276-8304 or thewharfrat.com.
Chinook's at Salmon Bay, Seattle, Washington
Choose from a variety of fish for your fish-and-chips here. They're all fresh from the boats that dock at Seattle's Fishermen's Terminal, right outside the windows. Working fishermen eat here, too―always a good sign; 206-283-4665 or anthonys.com.