Off The Hook Gourmet Co.
By YP Contributor

Greektown’s Off the Hook Fish & Chips

Menu options at your average fish and chips restaurant are usually limited to haddock or cod, tartar sauce, coleslaw, French fries and not much else. In that respect, Off the Hook owner Steven Karataglidis and his staff deserve praises for putting a modern spin on traditional fast food. In the process they’ve created one of the few gourmet fish and chips joints in Toronto. In a neighbourhood where Mediterranean and exotics cuisine abound, Off the Hook’s menu stands out.

Since the restaurant's opening in 2011, health-conscious options have always featured prominently on the menu. Organic batters, gluten-free dishes and local produce are key ingredients in their recipe to success. “Steve, the owner of the restaurant, created the menu," says Chad Welton, manager at Off the Hook. "One day we realized that some pizza chains’ dipping sauces are quite a big thing so we created a few dipping sauces and those have been huge for us and also gluten-free batter options, which represent about 50 per cent of our sales.”

Steve, the owner of the restaurant, created the menu. One day we realized that some pizza chains’ dipping sauces are quite a big thing so we created a few dipping sauces and those have been huge for us and also gluten-free batter options, which represent about 50 per cent of our sales - Chad Welton, manager
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Chad Welton is the manager at Off the Hook, one of Toronto's best gourmet fish 'n' chips joints.

Fish 'n' Poutines

In addition to daily specials that feature traditional staples such as cod and haddock, Off the Hook offers a wide variety of other species including red snapper, mahi-mahi, rainbow trout, halibut and sea bass. All their fish is sourced from Daily Seafood with sustainability in mind.

Instead of relying on the customary batter, they’ve developed different options that set them apart from the competition. When fried, their fish can be dunked in organic house batter, organic Cajun batter or a gluten-free alternative before hitting the oil. When it comes to sauces, customers have more than tartar to choose from, including Walking Wasabi, Go Go Green Pesto or Lost in the Sauce, a top seller made with fresh garlic, scallions, cream and lemon. Coleslaw, made with mustard and apple cider, comes on the side. Their numerous creations aren’t limited to fish, health-conscious batters and sauces.

Off the Hook also has an indulgent wild side. “We have six different types of poutines. Of course the most popular is the traditional one with French fries, cheese curds and gravy, but we use a duck gravy," explains Chad. "We also have a duck confit poutine. It’s duck meat topped with brie cheese. We also have a pulled pork poutine, which includes pulled pork, cheese curds and cheddar cheese. We also created our Off the Hook poutine with sweet potato fries, brie cheese and spicy gravy topped with onion rings."

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Off the Hook is a gourmet fish and chips joint located near Broadview subway station.

Frippery-Free Atmosphere

If you’re not counting calories, the Great Canadian poutine might appeal to your taste buds: fries smothered in cheddar cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and cheese curds doused in duck gravy. Still hungry? Try a selection of homemade sandwiches and “nibblers,” which includes panko-encrusted calamari, scallops or shrimp. You can wash it all down with a pint of Mill Street Tank House or Mill Street Organic, which they also use in the organic fish batter.

Unlike smaller grab-and-go fish and chips shops, Off the Hook encourages dining in. It has the capacity to seat 28 customers to experience their frippery-free atmosphere. Whether you enjoy traditional fish and chips or in search of fast-food off the beaten path, Off the Hook will deliver a memorable culinary experience.

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Off the Hook has developed gluten-free and organic batter options that set them apart.
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