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Michelle and Chris Gerard

15 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 15 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. Bath City Bistro

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75 Macomb Pl
Mt Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-0917
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This Mount Clemens gem partnered with Bell’s Brewery to serve up its bountiful plate of three pieces of cod fish, which is flash-fried in Two Hearted Ale, and served with fries, slaw, and tartar sauce. After the fish and chips, be sure to play a round of feather bowling. Bath City Bistro is one of just a few places in metro Detroit that has feather bowling lanes.

2. Hazel's

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1 Peabody St
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 671-1714
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Formerly known as Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown, this eatery now goes simply by Hazel’s and features a seafood-forward menu that changes seasonally. That means its Fish Fry Fridays are on point. Featuring a choice of a fried fish sandwich or classic fish and chips dinner, along with coleslaw and malt vinegar aioli.

Fried fish wrapped in white paper, French fries, lemon wedges, cup of sauce all set on a metal pan, on top of a red and white checkered table cloth.
Hazel’s Classic Fish and Chips are a crispy favorite this time of year.
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3. Griffin Claw Brewing Company

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575 S Eton St
Birmingham, MI 48009
(248) 712-4050
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The fish frys at Griffin Claw Brewing put a local twist as its Michigan lake perch is encrusted with Better Made chips for an extra crunch. Served with an Israeli couscous spinach salad, this specialty is available every day during Lent.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 with coleslaw and tartare sauce. Drop by during happy hour to take advantage of the dollar oysters for a true seafood feast.

7. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

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4101 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 818-0324
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Many fish and chips spots in Michigan use lake white fish for their Lenten fish frys. At Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, catfish is the star. Dine in or call ahead for an order at the Midtown location and throw in some hush puppies, coleslaw, and fries — served daily all through Lent.

8. 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

9. Detroit 75 Kitchen

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4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209
(313) 843-3215
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The sandwiches, wraps, and rolls at Detroit 75 Kitchen are enough all year ‘round. During Lent, the popular food truck unveils its Fisher Fwy. fish sandwich, available with wild-caught catfish or Lake Erie Walleye, and topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, sweet pickled onions, and house-made Old Bay tartar sauce. For more of a Latin flair, there’s the ceviche with lobster and shrimp, featuring cucumber, red onion, jalapeno, cherry tomatoes, radish, and green onion, and served with tortilla chips. Both entrees are available Monday through Friday only during Lent. Or select a year-round favorite in the shrimp po’boy made with plump, battered fried shrimp.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. Saffron De Twah

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7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213
(586) 359-6138
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Moroccan-influenced Saffron De Twah does a fish and chips dinner every Friday during Lent, featuring cornmeal-breaded catfish filets with brightly flavored charmoula sauce for dipping and crispy harissa potatoes on the side and a pile of tangy slaw. Chef Omar Anani is also mixing things up a bit by revamping its popular fried fish sandwich as a bocadillo (a traditional street food typical of Morocco and Spain), using freshly-baked baguettes from Rising Star Academy, and available year-round.

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1. Bath City Bistro

75 Macomb Pl, Mt Clemens, MI 48043

This Mount Clemens gem partnered with Bell’s Brewery to serve up its bountiful plate of three pieces of cod fish, which is flash-fried in Two Hearted Ale, and served with fries, slaw, and tartar sauce. After the fish and chips, be sure to play a round of feather bowling. Bath City Bistro is one of just a few places in metro Detroit that has feather bowling lanes.

75 Macomb Pl
Mt Clemens, MI 48043

2. Hazel's

1 Peabody St, Birmingham, MI 48009
Fried fish wrapped in white paper, French fries, lemon wedges, cup of sauce all set on a metal pan, on top of a red and white checkered table cloth.
Hazel’s Classic Fish and Chips are a crispy favorite this time of year.
Anthony Morrow/Bureau

Formerly known as Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown, this eatery now goes simply by Hazel’s and features a seafood-forward menu that changes seasonally. That means its Fish Fry Fridays are on point. Featuring a choice of a fried fish sandwich or classic fish and chips dinner, along with coleslaw and malt vinegar aioli.

1 Peabody St
Birmingham, MI 48009

3. Griffin Claw Brewing Company

575 S Eton St, Birmingham, MI 48009

The fish frys at Griffin Claw Brewing put a local twist as its Michigan lake perch is encrusted with Better Made chips for an extra crunch. Served with an Israeli couscous spinach salad, this specialty is available every day during Lent.

575 S Eton St
Birmingham, MI 48009

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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 with 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

7. Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

4101 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Many fish and chips spots in Michigan use lake white fish for their Lenten fish frys. At Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken, catfish is the star. Dine in or call ahead for an order at the Midtown location and throw in some hush puppies, coleslaw, and fries — served daily all through Lent.

4101 3rd Ave
Detroit, MI 48201

8. 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

9. Detroit 75 Kitchen

4800 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48209

The sandwiches, wraps, and rolls at Detroit 75 Kitchen are enough all year ‘round. During Lent, the popular food truck unveils its Fisher Fwy. fish sandwich, available with wild-caught catfish or Lake Erie Walleye, and topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, sweet pickled onions, and house-made Old Bay tartar sauce. For more of a Latin flair, there’s the ceviche with lobster and shrimp, featuring cucumber, red onion, jalapeno, cherry tomatoes, radish, and green onion, and served with tortilla chips. Both entrees are available Monday through Friday only during Lent. Or select a year-round favorite in the shrimp po’boy made with plump, battered fried shrimp.

4800 W Fort St
Detroit, MI 48209

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. Saffron De Twah

7636 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48213

Moroccan-influenced Saffron De Twah does a fish and chips dinner every Friday during Lent, featuring cornmeal-breaded catfish filets with brightly flavored charmoula sauce for dipping and crispy harissa potatoes on the side and a pile of tangy slaw. Chef Omar Anani is also mixing things up a bit by revamping its popular fried fish sandwich as a bocadillo (a traditional street food typical of Morocco and Spain), using freshly-baked baguettes from Rising Star Academy, and available year-round.

7636 Gratiot Ave
Detroit, MI 48213

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