OK, following cteats recommendation, I checked out Royal Guard Fish & Chips. I've had fish & chips on three continents - Australia, UK and US. I'm usually hesitant trying fish and chips places here in the States after being burned so many times. (I've got to say, the best I've had was in Australia. They combine what the Brits learned about fish and chips and added in fresh South Pacific fish).
Even with those high expectations, this place was very good. And, without having tried many places around here, I'd still feel comfortable saying they are the best in the area. There's just not a whole lot you can improve on.
They use big, thick pieces of cod, which, after frying remain very tender and juicy. The batter is also very good. Not sure if it is beer batter, but no matter, because it is very good with a properly crisp texture. It could possibly use a bit more flavor, but that's what the malt vinegar and salt is for, right?
The only thing bad about the place was the chips. They use normal, cheapo thin french fries. I'm surprised they don't upgrade to a thicker, better quality french fry. Even if it is pre-fried and frozen, it would still be an upgrade. But, even with that, the place is great. I really, really enjoyed the fish. They also have haddock for slightly more, and some other seafood and chicken dishes, none of which I tried.
Definitely worth a visit. Thanks to cteats for the heads up.
* as a side note, I noticed for the first time this Peruvian restaurant attached to the back of Royal Fish & Chips. It was called Fiesta Cove. Anyone been there or tried it???
Royal Guard Fish & Chips
323 Shippan Ave, Stamford, CT