The Top 10 Spots to go for this British Staple – Best Fish & Chips in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO/February 3, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — Since the 19th century, fish and chips has been the original fast food of the Western world. This crispy combination of battered, fried cod and fried “chips” of potato has been an English staple since Joseph Malin opened the first fish and chip shop in London in 1860. But the crispy, battered fish goes back even farther. Even Malin credited the recipe to Spanish Jews who migrated to England in the 1700s. The quintessentially British dish had spread to Ireland by 1880, and can now be found across the globe, including the United States. And we’re sure glad it’s here.
Fish and chips are popular in the U.S., even inspiring a couple of fast food chains, but finding really good ones is a little harder than finding a great hamburger or pizza. There’s a burger joint or pizzeria in every town in America after all. But there are very few authentic chippies outside of London or Dublin. Still, we had a hankering for some golden, crispy fried fish and salty fries, err, chips. So where do you go in a great American city like St. Louis for a terrific fish dinner? We checked with fish and chips lovers to find out. We scoured the customer reviews, to find the best in town.
Among the top 10 are a number of English and Irish pubs, as one might expect. But it’s a couple of American style microbreweries that are leading the pack. This shouldn’t really be a surprise either, since the beer batter is often the star of a good “fish dinner.” And topping the list is the Schlafly Tap Room downtown, a classy, but casual eatery in a hundred year old building that feels right for a classic, but casual dish like fish and chips—and they specialize in pairing European pub fare with Schlafly draft beer too. The fish in Schlafly’s “Fish & Fries” are crispy, tender Hefeweizen-battered Pollock fillets. The fries are well regarded as crispy and delicious. The Tap Room opened in 1991 as the first new brewpub in Missouri since Prohibition, and it’s St. Louis’ favorite place for fish and chips.
Here’s the full list of the ten best spots for fish and chips in St. Louis:
1. The Schlafly Tap Room (4.0 stars/483 reviews) Downtown, 2100 Locust Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-2337.
2. Square One Brewery & Distillery (4.0 stars/426 reviews) Lafayette Square, 1727 Park Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 231-2537.
3. The Scottish Arms (4.0 stars/356 reviews) Central West End, 8 South Sarah Street, Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 535-0551.
4. Tigin Irish Pub (4.0 stars/342 reviews) Downtown, 333 Washington Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63102, (314) 241-8666.
5. Three Kings Public House (4.0 stars/320 reviews) The Loop, 6307 Delmar Blvd, University City, MO 63130, (314) 721-3388.
6. Dressel’s Public House (4.0 stars/296 reviews) Central West End, 419 North Euclid Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, (314) 361-1060.
7. John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub (4.0 stars/286 reviews) Soulard, 1200 Russell Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 776-8309.
8. King Edwards Fried Chicken (4.0 stars/79 reviews) Webster Groves, 8654 Watson Road, Crestwood, MO 63119, (314) 843-3474.
9. O’Shay’s Pub (4.0 stars/65 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4353 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 932-5232.
10. Fox & Hounds Tavern (4.0 stars/64 reviews) Hi-Pointe, 6300 Clayton Road, Saint Louis, MO 63117, (314) 647-7300.
In order to make the top 10 list, restaurants had to have at least 50 customer reviews. That left a couple of places off the list that are also local favorites. So we wanted to send a shout out to these neighborhood fish and chip favorites. Honorable Mentions go to:
Spike’s Pub & Grub (4.5 stars/15 reviews) Belleville, 3701 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226, (618) 235-2734.
Mother’s Best Fried Fish (4.0 stars/5 reviews) JeffVanderLou, 2738 North Grand Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63106, (314) 533-4433.