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Fish & Chips - Scottsdale

ccl1111 | Apr 11, 2009 09:57 PM

With the Mrs. being from Australia, we're big fans of good fish & chips.

Hit a local neighborhood dive & actually had some good ones so figured we'd share.

The place is called the One Eyed Dog and is on Miller & Camelback. It was formerly another bar but not too long ago changed into an English pub. We've been in the strip mall a million times but hadn't tried it since the change or in its previous incarnation.

Total neighborhood local dive. Very casual, which I like. Small patio with a firepit (portable) outside that was lit. Inside a huge circular bar in the middle of the restaurant was definitely the most prominent feature. Very casual vibe with TVs showing sports throughout, and posters giving it some English character.

It was quite busy and the crowd was very mixed. After being there for a good while, the Mrs. & I agreed that it was an interesting place to people watch. There were a good number of seniors concentrating on their food, some super casual young folk drinking & hanging out & some middle aged folks that looked to be kind of on the prowl. Definitely had a huge local feel. The server said they have a ton of regulars.

As far as the food, we did 3 orders of the fish & chips (cod). They also had a couple walleye dishes. The fish & chips were great. The fish & chips totally got the Mrs. approval. In recent visits to places we've really liked in the past, we've come across dry fish with way too much batter. This definitely wasn't the case. The fish was moist, mild & tasty. The batter was light but crispy. Just right. The server said the owner was from York and they make their batter the traditional way every morning. The fries also passed the Aussie test. Nice big "chips". Malt vinegar, HP & the other necessities were also available. They also had some nice beer on tap (Boddington's & Tetley's were 2 that stood out in my mind).

They also had some other interesting things on the menu that we need to go back & try: Scotch egg, shepherd's pie, bangers & mash, bangers, beans & chips. No pasties or sausage rolls.

All in all, it was a good time & we'll definitely be heading back.

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