The finest fish and chips in Halifax

You didn’t come all the way to Nova Scotia for the beef, did you? Steeped in English tradition, Nova Scotia’s capital city is home to some of the finest fish and chips in the country. You might encounter a few hefty lineups, but it’ll be worth the wait.

John's Lunch

1
352 Pleasant St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3S5

How else do you start a list except with the little shack that’s been ranked by Canadian Living magazine as home to the best fish and chips in the entire country? It’s no small claim, nor is it undeserved. Owners Stratos Baltas and Fotis Fatouros have been making history in Dartmouth since 1969, frying up locally caught haddock and serving it out of their quaint little home-turned-restaurant. If you want authenticity, you can’t beat John’s.

Willman's Fish And Chips

2
3154 Isleville St, Halifax, NS B3K 3Y2

Don’t let the name mislead you – Willman’s offers much more than fish and chips, including fresh-caught Digby clams, a renowned seafood chowder and a sizable baked halibut plate. This family-friendly restaurant looks every bit the part of the classic diner, right down to the dark wood chairs and cashier behind the counter. It’s a crisp ’n’ clean Maritime dining experience: You’ll get your greasy battered fish, sure, but also caramelized onions, pickled asparagus and golden potato wedges, if you like.

Battered Fish

3
1751 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 1S5

It may feel a bit more corporate now, with 10 locations across the Maritimes and Toronto, but the Halifax original is still standing and still serving some of the best fish and chips this side of the Atlantic. Stop by the sleek, black-and-yellow shack on the harbourfront for a lobster roll sandwich and some French fries, or stick with the fish and chips – the dish that launched the franchise back in 2009.

Phil's Seafood Ltd

4
6285 Quinpool Rd, Halifax, NS B3L 1A4

Phil’s lightly battered, deep-fried fish keeps families coming back for more. In fact, it’s not unusual to spot huge lineups here, and for the restaurant to run out of fish. But the service is so friendly and the decor so inviting that it seems almost inevitable. Phil started his business out on Purcells Cove Road, but the Quinpool location is where it’s at now, keeping just as busy serving plates of shrimp, clams and scallops.

Fries And Company

5
2603 Connolly St, Halifax, NS B3L 3M4

While it’s been around for a few years, current owners Melanie and Ken Francis only came into the picture in late 2011. They’ve completely revamped the place, shedding the fish-and-chips-shack image in favour of an authentically English fine-dining experience. They began upping the portions and cutting the chips thicker, adding classically English mushy peas, chip-shop curry and seafood chowder to the menu. With a tasteful interior and tastier fish, it’s a worthy addition to West End Halifax.

Fredie's Fantastic Fishhouse

6
8 Oland Cres, Halifax, NS B3S 1C6

Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House is the most kid-friendly spot on this list, bar none. From the colourful logo to the chicken fingers and onion rings, this restaurant – which began as a roadside trailer out in Tantallon, Nova Scotia – has grown into a destination worth the drive outside the peninsula proper. You can sample the full menu with the seafood platter, which includes Digby scallops, fresh clams, two pieces of haddock and thick fries.

Fran`s Fish & Chips

7
53 King St, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2R6

Fredie’s Fantastic Fish House is the most kid-friendly spot on this list, bar none. From the colourful logo to the chicken fingers and onion rings, this restaurant – which began as a roadside trailer out in Tantallon, Nova Scotia – has grown into a destination worth the drive outside the peninsula proper. You can sample the full menu with the seafood platter, which includes Digby scallops, fresh clams, two pieces of haddock and thick fries.

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