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Scotty Simpson’s Fish & Chips.
Michelle and Chris Gerard

11 Fantastic Plates of Fish and Chips in Metro Detroit

Where to eat battered and fried fillets right now

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Scotty Simpson’s Fish & Chips.
| Michelle and Chris Gerard

There’s really nothing quite as singularly satisfying as digging into a fresh batch of fish and chips. Breaking open that first salty, crunchy, fried fillet reveals that steamy interior of flaky, white goodness and the surrounding layers of golden batter.

For something seemingly simple, it’s a surprisingly tricky dish for some restaurants to master. The size of the fillets, the varieties of fish, the style of batter, and the quality of the oil all have to be just right — and that’s not even beginning to touch on the accompanying fries, sauces, and slaws.

As it’s the season of Friday night fish frys, great plates of fish and chips are on the brain and Detroit has quite a few contenders. So grab that tartar sauce and malt vinegar. Below find eight enticing destinations for fish and starchy fried potatoes fit for a Lenten sacrifice or simply a battered and fried seafood craving.

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1. Scotty Simpson's Fish & Chips

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22200 Fenkell Ave
Detroit, MI 48223
(313) 533-0950
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Brightmoor classic Scotty Simpson’s has faithfully served Detroiters fish and chips needs since 1950. Though it offers options like fried smelt and frog legs, the house specialty is Nova Scotian cod and chips fried in a secret batter recipe with fries, a roll, and tartar sauce. Don’t miss the pies, made fresh every Friday.

2. Common Pub Detroit

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5440 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 285-8849
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Wayne State-area hangout Common Pub serves up big pieces of haddock fried until golden in a brown ale batter. The fillets are paired with a large helping of crispy, duck fat fries, house slaw, remoulade for dipping.

A plate of dark brown beer battered fish filets on a pile of fries with slaw and tartar sauce on the side. Brenna Houck

3. Street Beet

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4626 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 638-1480
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Vegans can get the experience with fish and chips minus the actual fish at Street Beet in Cass Corridor. The resident of 3rd Street Bar serves up big beer-battered and fried pieces of Cajun-seasoned tofu. The meal comes with mandatory french fries and vegan tartar sauce. Bonus: This breading also happens to be gluten-free.

4. Nancy Whiskey Pub

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2644 Harrison St
Detroit, MI 48216
(313) 962-4247
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Pack into one of Detroit’s oldest bars for Nancy Whiskey’s longstanding Friday night fish fry. From noon to 8 p.m. weekly diners can order up big portions of classic, battered and fried fillets and fries.

5. Nemo's Bar

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1384 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 965-3180

Nemo’s keeps things simple with big, classic beer-battered filets and french fries paired with tartare sauce that’s livened up by celery seed.

6. Cornerstone Barrel House

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1456 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 338-3238
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Downtown bar and restaurant Cornerstone Barrel House serves a Detroit-inspired cod and chips plate. Fillets are dipped in an Atwater Dirty Blonde Ale beer batter and crusted in crushed Better Made salt and vinegar chips for a crunchy bite dipped in remoulade sauce. Complete the whole fish fry experience with a side of fingerling frites.

7. Brush Street Bar & Grille

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2458 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 656-4640
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This Brush Park area restaurant serves up a New Orleans-style menu in a laid-back sport bar atmosphere. Customers can select from options like bite-sized catfish beignets and larger pieces of catfish or walleye fried in a crispy, spiced-cornmeal batter. The meals are served with sides of spicy remoulade sauce and coleslaw. Order a pile of fries on the side.

Small pieces of crispy catfish piled in a paper basket next to a plastic container of pink remoulade sauce. Brenna Houck

8. Andrews on the Corner

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201 Jos Campau
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 259-8325
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This century-old Rivertown Warehouse District institution serves several types of fried fish including lake perch and catfish. Patrons looking for a little punch of flavor can order the Cajun spice meal. The large portion of seafood is served with spuds and slaw.

9. Saffron De Twah

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7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213
(586) 359-6138
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Find cornmeal-breaded catfish filets with brightly flavored charmoula sauce for dipping at Morrocan-influenced shop Saffron De Twah. The restaurant serves its fish with crispy harissa potatoes on the side and a pile of tangy slaw.

10. Republica

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1999 Coolidge Hwy
Berkley, MI 48072
(248) 268-3175
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Berkley’s laid-back neighborhood gastropub serves a particularly good version of classic beer-battered cod and chips with plenty of creamy dill tartar sauce on the side.

11. The Sardine Room

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340 S Main St
Plymouth, MI 48170
(734) 416-0261
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One of the staples at this Plymouth seafood bistro is the fish and chips. The fried filets are delivered to the table as two big slabs served atop thin, hand cut fries, coleslaw, and tartare sauce. Drop by during happy hour to take advantage of the dollar oysters for a true seafood feast.

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1. Scotty Simpson's Fish & Chips

22200 Fenkell Ave, Detroit, MI 48223

Brightmoor classic Scotty Simpson’s has faithfully served Detroiters fish and chips needs since 1950. Though it offers options like fried smelt and frog legs, the house specialty is Nova Scotian cod and chips fried in a secret batter recipe with fries, a roll, and tartar sauce. Don’t miss the pies, made fresh every Friday.

22200 Fenkell Ave
Detroit, MI 48223

2. Common Pub Detroit

5440 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
A plate of dark brown beer battered fish filets on a pile of fries with slaw and tartar sauce on the side. Brenna Houck

Wayne State-area hangout Common Pub serves up big pieces of haddock fried until golden in a brown ale batter. The fillets are paired with a large helping of crispy, duck fat fries, house slaw, remoulade for dipping.

5440 Cass Ave
Detroit, MI 48202

3. Street Beet

4626 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Vegans can get the experience with fish and chips minus the actual fish at Street Beet in Cass Corridor. The resident of 3rd Street Bar serves up big beer-battered and fried pieces of Cajun-seasoned tofu. The meal comes with mandatory french fries and vegan tartar sauce. Bonus: This breading also happens to be gluten-free.

4626 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

4. Nancy Whiskey Pub

2644 Harrison St, Detroit, MI 48216

Pack into one of Detroit’s oldest bars for Nancy Whiskey’s longstanding Friday night fish fry. From noon to 8 p.m. weekly diners can order up big portions of classic, battered and fried fillets and fries.

2644 Harrison St
Detroit, MI 48216

5. Nemo's Bar

1384 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Nemo’s keeps things simple with big, classic beer-battered filets and french fries paired with tartare sauce that’s livened up by celery seed.

1384 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

6. Cornerstone Barrel House

1456 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Downtown bar and restaurant Cornerstone Barrel House serves a Detroit-inspired cod and chips plate. Fillets are dipped in an Atwater Dirty Blonde Ale beer batter and crusted in crushed Better Made salt and vinegar chips for a crunchy bite dipped in remoulade sauce. Complete the whole fish fry experience with a side of fingerling frites.

1456 Woodward Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

7. Brush Street Bar & Grille

2458 Brush St, Detroit, MI 48201
Small pieces of crispy catfish piled in a paper basket next to a plastic container of pink remoulade sauce. Brenna Houck

This Brush Park area restaurant serves up a New Orleans-style menu in a laid-back sport bar atmosphere. Customers can select from options like bite-sized catfish beignets and larger pieces of catfish or walleye fried in a crispy, spiced-cornmeal batter. The meals are served with sides of spicy remoulade sauce and coleslaw. Order a pile of fries on the side.

2458 Brush St
Detroit, MI 48201

8. Andrews on the Corner

201 Jos Campau, Detroit, MI 48207

This century-old Rivertown Warehouse District institution serves several types of fried fish including lake perch and catfish. Patrons looking for a little punch of flavor can order the Cajun spice meal. The large portion of seafood is served with spuds and slaw.

201 Jos Campau
Detroit, MI 48207

9. Saffron De Twah

7636 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48213

Find cornmeal-breaded catfish filets with brightly flavored charmoula sauce for dipping at Morrocan-influenced shop Saffron De Twah. The restaurant serves its fish with crispy harissa potatoes on the side and a pile of tangy slaw.

7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213

10. Republica

1999 Coolidge Hwy, Berkley, MI 48072

Berkley’s laid-back neighborhood gastropub serves a particularly good version of classic beer-battered cod and chips with plenty of creamy dill tartar sauce on the side.

1999 Coolidge Hwy
Berkley, MI 48072

11. The Sardine Room

340 S Main St, Plymouth, MI 48170

One of the staples at this Plymouth seafood bistro is the fish and chips. The fried filets are delivered to the table as two big slabs served atop thin, hand cut fries, coleslaw, and tartare sauce. Drop by during happy hour to take advantage of the dollar oysters for a true seafood feast.

340 S Main St
Plymouth, MI 48170

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