I blame it all on Legal Seafood, I really do. I was hoodwinked into going there for lunch a while back and I decided to try the fish and chips. I mean, how bad could they be, right? Wrong. Greasy, small chunks of fish served over a heap of greasy fries for $15.95. Served with a little monkey dish of cole slaw, easily the best thing on the plate. I know. What was I thinking? I ate about a third of the plate and chalked it up to a learning experience. Stick to oysters or chowder in the future.
But then I needed to erase the taste memory from my mind. Hitting up Kelly's on a spring-like day I steeled myself to not order the clams and ordered fish and chips instead. $9.95 for a fish dinner. Now we're getting warmer ... large chunks of freshly fried fish, crispy fries (still Sysco, but not limp and greasy) a few onion rings and yummy tartar sauce. I could only eat half the portion and enjoyed the rest for dinner. It did reheat well in a very hot oven. The only downside was some of the fish pieces had that dark appearance and a slightly fishy taste. Still, at least you knew it was real fish.
Not fully satisfied with this research, I remembered the talk of Courthouse Seafood's Wednesday fish and chips special so I put on my stretchy pants and headed on over yesterday. $6.95 for a large portion of perfect juicy freshly fried codfish. Frozen fries again, but nicely done and excellent with their home made tartar sauce. Seriously this was hands-down the winner of the fish-off and of course it was less than half the price of Legal's. The place was packed with neighborhood peeps at 1:30 when I got there and there were obviously many regulars in the crowd. No wonder.
I still need to try the Druid's version, once I awake from my fish and chips induced coma. But it goes to show you how ON chowhounds are when they recommend great food. Thanks for everyone who encouraged a visit to Courthouse.