There aren’t a ton of places in Columbus for fish and chips, but these are definitely the ones you’ll want to scope out for your next craving.
Blame it on watching way too many BBC cop dramas, but every once in a while I start to get hardcore cravings of a good, greasy batch of fish and chips. A nice, crisp Atlantic cod or some soft and juicy white perch sits in my belly just right, especially with a pint of brown ale or a deep and tasty porter.
While Columbus doesn’t exactly have a food stand on each corner, hawking deep fried fish and fries in rolled up newspaper (that’s the authentic stuff), we do have a spot or two for when you’re fiending for fish. Next time you’re digging on season 2 of Luther and you suddenly need to have some fish and a spot of chips, check out these five spots in town.
So it’s a bit over the top and cartoony with its British flair, but don’t tell me you’ve never wanted to order fish and chips at a place that looks like it belongs in Harry Potter. You get exactly what want out of The Pub: tasty fish, an enormous beer selection that doesn’t just include IPAs, and a bunch of servers parading about in kilts. Don’t ask me, I just eat there.
Where: 1554 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43240
Matt the Miller is well known for its upscale pub food, so it’s no surprise that the chaps at Miller know how to fry a decent set of fish. Their fish is battered just right, giving it a bunch of crispy flavor with a soft and juicy interior. Seriously, try not to bite your fingers off.
Where: 6725 Avery-Muirfield Dr. Dublin, Ohio 43016, 1436 Gemini Place Columbus, Ohio 43240, and 1400 Grandview Avenue Columbus, Ohio 43212
In the mood for something a bit more American with a lot more soul? J Hot Fish hits the spot with a variety of different fish to try. Choose from grouper, perch, catfish, tilapia, and bass. Everything is seasoned and spiced perfectly with an insane amount of flavor for whatever mood you’re in.
Where: 1393 Cleveland Ave, Columbus, OH 43211
Specializing in “Calabash” style seafood (a type of southern fried fish cuisine), Marino’s has been known for its fish and chips in the Central Ohio area for some time now. Their food comes slightly battered and deep fried for a wonderful authentic taste. If that weren’t enough, every order of fish and chips comes complete with an order of hush puppies. Pure deep-fried heaven.
Where: 1216 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43212
I don’t know how The Pearl can do so many dishes right but they do. Their fish and chips are just one of a few awesome comfort foods that they can’t seem to fail at making. Trust me, you’re not going to go wrong with picking this off the menu, and once you dip them in a bit of tartar and try them yourself, you’ll taste why.
Where: 641 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
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