Good Friday fish and chips is one of the great traditions that pervades year after year, even in secular circles – and even amidst the current coronavirus climate.
But who says the British dish has to be reserved for one time a year? Hot-from-the-fryer fish and chips with a side of 'slaw is a delight on any day.
Here, we've rounded up the best battered fish in the city from local shops that are staying open for takeout and delivery.
636 St Clair Ave. W.
At the tippity top of our list, Sea Witch is what fish and chips is all about. Outfitted with retro decor complete with a painting of an old captain, the St. Clair West shop serves thick, crispy, batter-coated halibut (yes, we spring for the halibut every single time) with skin-on thick-cut fries piled high on the side. Even the coleslaw strikes the perfect balance between creamy and vinegar.
Pandemic operating hours are Thursday to Sunday evenings. Takeout orders are cashless – call ahead with a credit card in hand and be prepared to wait outside for your order. They're also on Uber Eats, Foodora, DoorDash and Skip the Dishes.
(647) 349-4824; seawitchfc.com
2638 Danforth Ave.
A family-run Toronto institution for almost 100 years, Len Duckworth's is about as classic as they come. Shrimp, calamari and scallops make it onto the menu but you'll definitely want to tuck into their secret recipe for fish and chips. Open Monday to Saturday, for lunch and dinner, takeout and delivery, you'll find this East Danforth spot on Ritual, Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes.
(416) 699-5865; lenduckworthfishandchips.ca
Harbord Fish & Chips
147 Harbord St.
The fish and chips here is as tasty as the shop is rustic. Even before the pandemic panic, Harbord Fish & Chips was a minimalistic outfit with a concise menu. Choose from halibut, haddock or shrimp and chips. Find them on the major apps, open every day from noon to 8 p.m.
(416) 925-2225; harbordfishandchips.com
893 Queen St. W.
Find fish and chips a little tired? Switch it up with Hooky's beer battered fish tacos, jalapeño popcorn shrimp or crab cakes and chips. But we wouldn't blame you if you stuck with the tried and true halibut, haddock or cod fish and chips. While they are open for takeout and doing curb-side pickup, Hooky's is encouraging patrons to use Uber Eats, Foodora and DoorDash to maintain safe distancing and limit the number of people in the pint-size shop.
(416) 866-7474; instagram.com/hookystoronto
Fresco's Fish and Chips
201 Augusta Ave.
This Kensington spot may not look like much, but Fresco's is home to some of the best fish and chips in the city. Swap out your chips for the gravy-covered, squeaky cheese, Quebec-style poutine – trust us it's worth it. Open daily from 11 a.m. for takeout and delivery, you'll find them on Uber Eats, Foodora, DoorDash and as part of this Kensington Market dinner package.
(416) 546 4557; frescosfishandchips.com