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Brit's fish & chips - worth the wait!

Will Owen | Mar 22, 200607:17 PM

...only I kinda wish I hadn't waited. Wandered in about 3:30 after realizing I hadn't really had lunch yet - talk about absent-minded! - and that I was in the vicinity of Brit's, and fish and chips sounded like a REALLY good idea. Good move. Only the pub part was open, occupied solely by what appeared to be a couple of writers working on a script, English soccer game on the tube. Earnest young waiter took my order, after mentioning how good everything else was. You have Boddington's on tap? Yes sir, but the cask is chilling, how about a Tetley's? Another good move. Creamy head, gotta have some butterfat content...

Well. One very large slab of cod, encased in a golden-brown crust of shattering fragility. Hand-cut fries by golly, also with a strangely thick outer crunchiness. Not a sign of oiliness on either item. And, nestled in amongst the fries, a pile of tiny peas...BRIGHT GREEN! How very inauthentic; proper pub peas, even if made from fresh, never arrive at the table until they're the color of a bleached-out army blanket. Come to think of it, the whole place is entirely too much of a class act: everything's fried in canola oil, the chairs and tables all match, and everything in there is sparkly clean. And my fish was delightful if woefully undersalted (!!), helped along by the nice vinegary tartar sauce on the side. Being the lunch portion, and given that the waiter gave me Happy Hour rates on the ale, I got out for just under $15 including a 20% tip.

Brits - 1770 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena / 626-578-1301

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