I need help, and I know there are a good number of Seattle and Eastside residents around here, so here it goes.
Ever since moving here two years ago, my husband and I have been on a quest for decent fish and chips here on the Eastside. The usual review sites (Yelp and Urban Spoon) have not been terribly helpful for us, because what we have found is that all the places that people are raving about as “the best fish and chips around” have been perfectly dreadful in our experience.
One example is Spuds Fish and Chips in Juanita/Kirkland. Most of the reviews I’ve seen say that they’re the best around, except when we tried it, what we got was a bit of overpriced shoe leather with breading on it. We even gave it a second chance, hoping maybe they had an off day, but no, it was exactly the same.
Example number two was hearing good things about the fish and chips at Broiler Bay in Bellevue… Broiler Bay is basically a greasy spoon specializing in burgers, so we thought maybe they’d have decent fish and chips. We were disappointed to find that they were apparently frozen processed fish sticks.
Anyway, keeping in mind that my husband is English, and I am from New England, I’m starting to think that maybe we have a very different idea of what constitutes “good” fish and chips. What we’d like is a nice bit of cod, flaky but not slimy, in a nice batter, not bread crumbs. I think we can live with halibut, since that seems to be very commonly used in fish and chips in this area.
So we currently live in Bellevue, having moved here from Kirkland a few months ago. Ideally I’d love to hear about some gem on this side of Lake Washington that we’ve somehow missed, though I don’t mind hearing about the good places in Seattle proper for future reference.
Help us QT3! Help us stop eating bad fish!