Fish and chips have long been a staple of the Southwest, with places like the San Antonio Market, a downtown area that’s home to the San Jacinto River Market, serving up the most famous fish and chip dishes.
However, it’s the salty seafood that has the fans, so we asked a panel of experts to rank the best fish and cheddar chips around the country.
New Orleans Fish and chip chef/owner Joe Cascio, author of “Fishing With Joe,” has been making fish and chippies since the late 1990s.
“Fish and chips is my passion,” Cascios told Eater.
“I started in a diner at the corner of Canal and Lafayette in New Orleans when I was a kid, and I loved the food and the atmosphere.
It’s a restaurant where I would always order a piece of fish and dip.
My first fish and cheese was a little shrimp and cheese sandwich.
That was really popular in the diner.”
Cascias newest fish and salad is the Cascianos signature Casciano Cheddar, a spicy, salty fish and chicken salad topped with creamy cheese, grilled red onions, and avocado.
The sandwich is $13.50 and includes a side of a grilled chicken salad, black beans, a sour cream and bacon dip, and a sides of lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.
Dallas Fish and Chip owner/operator Ryan Stoll, who has also opened a fish and sausage restaurant in the past, told Eater he loves the way fish and charcuterie are served at his fish and chili restaurants.
“My kids love it because the fish and sauce is so fresh,” Stoll said.
“It’s a great way to make your own fish.”
Stoll added that his customers love his fish chippings, which include shrimp, shrimp and grits, and fried shrimp.
Nashville Fish and Cheese Co-owner/owner Kevin G. Kuehl told Eater that he started his fish business at age 14 and has been able to expand to a national scale since then.
“Since I started out in the early ’90s, I have grown and grown,” Kuell said.
Fish and cheese is one of his favorite dishes.
“We’re in the Nashville area, which is pretty close to the Louisiana border,” he said.
The fish and breadsticks are $12.50 with two sides of fish on a brioche bun.
The grilled chicken sandwich comes with a side salad of coleslaw, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and tomato sauce.
Tampa Fish and Chili Owner/operator/owner Steve Schafer is also from Tampa and he has been serving his signature fish and salsa for years.
“For a long time, the fish sauce has been the most popular, but lately we’ve been adding a few new things,” he told Eater in a recent interview.
“The chili was the one that I was most excited about.
It was the first time I’d ever served chili and shrimp, and it was a really delicious dish.”
Schafer said he’s been adding fried shrimp and fried fish, along with some shrimp tacos and salads.
Austin Fish and Cheddar Owner/operations manager, Dave Zielinski, told us he’s gotten so many requests to make the signature Cheddar he has.
“People want to go to the beach with me, to eat barbecue with me,” Zielinksi told Eater, adding that the fish, breadsticks, and grilled chicken are all on the same plate, which he said is very unique.
“To me, it is an American tradition,” Ziellinski said.
He added that the grilled chicken is “the best grilled chicken I’ve ever had.”
Portland Fish and Chicken and Cottage Restaurant owner/owner Lisa Koester told Eater she’s been making cheddar cheese sandwiches for decades and she’s proud to say that the signature is the most requested dish in the Portland area.
“If you’re going to eat fish and rice, the signature fish is going to be the grilled salmon,” Koesters told Eater of her signature fish sandwich.
“Then there’s the grilled shrimp, which has a grilled potato in it.”
Los Angeles Fish and Crab Restaurant owner, owner/manager, Chris Koepp told Eater they’ve had many requests for their signature fish chips.
“In the past five years, we’ve had a lot of requests to add our signature chippets,” Koeppel told Eater at a recent dinner at the restaurant.
“That’s because of the popularity of the fish,” she said.
Koepping told Eater the grilled red onion is the favorite.
“There’s a lot more people eating fish and crab now,” she added.
“They like the taste of the grilled fish and the shrimp.
That’s what people are asking for.”
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