|Fish 'n' chips get froufrou at Michael Mina.|
Even fine-dining whiz Michael Mina has put an updated riff on the classic on the lunch and bar menu at his namesake restaurant in honor of National Fish and Chips Day, which is coming up on May 30. His rendition will feature Alaskan halibut with chickpea fries, hijiki and lotus salad, housemade malt vinegar, and gribiche aïoli. Betcha won’t find that in London.
Here are 10 other perennial places to get your fish 'n' chips fix.
Anchor & Hope: Chef Sarah Schafer keeps it simple at this SoMa spot with Smithwick’s battered cod, tartar sauce and rosemary and thyme fries.
Dante’s Weird Fish: The catch (typically sustainably farmed tilapia or catfish) at this Mission kitchen is dipped in Big Daddy beer batter and served with tartar sauce, slaw and their infamous “Weird Fries” - a mix of steak-cut yams and potatoes.
Fish: At this sustainable-fish shack in Sausalito, your options include fresh Alaskan halibut or local Drakes’ Bay oysters fried in an Anchor Steam beer batter and served with wedge chips, lemon and housemade tartar sauce.
Georges: Chef Michael Bilger feeds the Fidi folks the traditional goods-true cod, malt vinegar with pommes frites.
Gott’s Roadside: The cooks at this Bay Area chainlet use fresh mahi mahi in their signature fish 'n' chips offerings, which comes served with fries, slaw, lemon, tartar sauce and green onions.
Hog & Rocks: At his newest Mission venture, Scott Youkilis offers his version with beer-battered cod with Kennebec potatoes, malt vinegar and tartar sauce.
Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen: At his Downtown digs, chef Adam Carpenter uses the Monterey Bay Aquarium-approved Laughing Bird tilapia that’s dipped in polenta crust and served with tartar sauce and accompanied by mushy peas.
Lot 7: Chef Greg Lutes fries fresh chunks of rock cod and serves them with sauce gribiche and grilled lemon. Even better, the fried goodness is half-price during happy hour at this new Mission hangout.
Nick’s Cove: Despite a revolving door of chefs heading up this Marshall roadhouse, you can always count the lunch menu to feature locally sourced rock cod, fried up to perfection and served with the traditionally fixings - lemon, tartar sauce and Kennebec fries.
Pacific Catch: This eclectic seafooder, with branches around the Bay, fries up fresh Alaskan halibut in 100% canola oil and serves it with a sesame slaw, jalapeño tartar and choice of sweet potato, regular or spicy fries. You can also a mixed basket that includes crispy Thai coconut shrimp and oysters.