We saw Lonnie's Fish 'n Chips in Ossining mentioned first on this board and decided to check it out tonight. Here's a brief overview for those who are interested...
Lonnie's is located at 172 North Highland Ave. in Ossining, just next door to Mavis Tires in a small strip-mall type building with a few other businesses. It's take-out only (no seating) and is open Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, and Sun 12n-6pm (on a trial basis).
The menu is limited but varied, including multiple sizes and combos of fish and chips, shrimp and chips, and chicken and chips. They also serve a fish sandwich, side salads (coleslaw, macaroni and potato), sodas/tea, and homemade baked goods (chocolate cake, coconut cake, chocolate-peanut butter cake, and more). We ordered a combo of fish, shrimp and chips, along with drinks and a couple slices of homemade cake. We also brought home small containers of tartar sauce, hot sauce and malt vinegar for dipping. Prices range from $6 for a regular order of fish and chips to $14.50 for "the works" which includes fish, shrimp, chicken and chips. There's also a lunch special of fish, shrimp, chicken and chips for $6.50, which is likely a small portion of "the works." From what we could tell, the restaurant appears to be cash only at this point.
All fish and chicken is hand-battered fresh to order and immediately fried in one of Lonnie's gleaming stainless steel fryers. This small take-out shop was impeccable and spotless from top to bottom with not a trace of dirt of mess anywhere, and no fishy or stale oil odor in the air. Once the fish and chips were fried to crisp, golden perfection, Lonnie (the "owner, chef and your server" as he calls himself on his menu) dished the tasty morsels into a traditional cardboard fish tray and wrapped the entire container in white butcher paper to retain the heat and absorb the steam before you take it out the door.
Once home, we dove straight into our food and were blown away by its flavor! Tender, juicy fish (thin fillets -- maybe tilapia or flounder?) and shrimp in a light and crispy, delicately seasoned coating. My husband and I noted that it was a southern-style coating, not the type of batter found in a British fish and chips shop. Regardless, it was flavorful and crispy, keeping the seafood tender and moist. The shrimp was plump and incredibly juicy, and extra great when dipped in the hot sauce. While we didn't have the chicken, we'll certainly try it next time -- with this coating, it's bound to be incredible. Fries are about 1" thick strips -- pretty standard fries but none less tasty. And you can tell that someone put a lot of love into those slices of cake...delicious!
We are so happy to have found Lonnie's and will definitely return. Lonnie is a welcoming man who greeted us with a hello and a smile. He cooks up great, fresh, fast food with well-deserved pride. And we can't wait to return!
If you love light and crispy southern-style fried fish, shrimp and chicken, Lonnie's shouldn't be missed. Check it out the next time you're in the Ossining or Croton area!
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