8 Best Fish n Chips in St. Petersburg, FL 2019

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Best Fish & Chips in St. Pete

Fish and Chips is thought to have come about in the early-to-mid 1800s in the U.K. It is theorized that Jewish immigrants may have originally brought the idea of frying fish in batter to the U.K. (There go those immigrants in another food origin story, again.)

In 2003, new regulations in the U.K. required that "fish" must be sold with the particular commercial name or species named; so, for example, "cod and chips" now appears on menus rather than the more vague "fish and chips". (Wikipedia)

At first, fish and chips was a strictly "to-go" item from specialty over-the-counter fish and chip takeout counters. Specialty sit down restaurants came later.

Cod and Haddock are the two most traditional white fish fillets that are used. As you'll find out in our review here, some places use other local fresh caught fish with amazing results.

Before we get into the list, an important thing you should be aware of is that there are other publishers of "best of lists" that do not actually go to the establishments, or actually eat the food.

We absolutely DO. (How can anyone recommend something they never experienced?)

Unfortunately, we've seen it a lot—from national and local publishers. We are also aware of a local publisher that offers paid placement in best-of-lists. There is no paid placement here.

I PERSONALLY ATE ALL OF THESE FISH AND CHIPS, AND WENT TO ALL OF THESE PLACES, AND THESE ARE ALL OF OUR PHOTOS.

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All of these fish & chips were so good that it is impossible to rank them. They should all be #1. Here they are in Alphabetical Order.

Again, the list is in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.

1. Courigan's Irish Pub

1 Beach Dr SE ste 41
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 551-9019
https://www.facebook.com/Courigans/

Courigan's Fresh Catch Fish and Chips

Courigan's Fresh Catch Fish and Chips (Photo credit: Kevin Godbee)

Fish-N-Chips - Three Flaky, beer battered, locally caught fillets along side crispy chips (french fries) with house tartar sauce, and a side of coleslaw.

I went to Courigan's last week for this write-up, but had to come back a couple of days ago because they didn't have any fresh catch that day. The chef came out of the kitchen to tell me personally that the Cod Fish & Chips are frozen. They keep these available for customers that prefer cod, or just want fish & chips when there's no fresh local catch. I thought they were pretty cool for being up-front about this.

When I came back, they had fresh caught local Black Grouper. It was so, so good! The fry on the batter was perfectly crispy, crunchy, but still light, and it didn't fall off the fish like at some other places. The fish inside was juicy, flaky, and buttery.

The fries were quite good, and had some visible potato skin. I asked if they were fresh, and again, they were cool enough to tell me, "they come out of a bag." This is fine. I just know not to use them for a best french fries write up.

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2. Ford's Garage

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200 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 295-3673
https://www.fordsgarageusa.com/locations/st-pete/

Ford's Fish N Chips

Ford's Fish n Chips (Photo credit: Lori Brown)

Beer Battered Deep Fried North Atlantic Cod Served with Tartar Sauce on a Bed of Ford’s Signature Wedge Fries.

It's sitting on Yeoman's Cask & Lion paper, but this is in fact Ford's Garage's Fish & Chips. In case you don't know, Ford's and Yeoman's has the same ownership, and in St. Pete, they occupy the same location.

However, they both have completely different recipes for their fish & chips. Yeoman's is on the list too. If we were to compare these two, we like Yeoman's better than Ford's, but they are both worthy of the list.

This one is beer battered. In Britain and Ireland, fish and chip shops traditionally use a simple water and flour batter. The carbonation in the beer adds body and lightness to the batter, and helps it crisp up better.

3. The Galley

27 4th St N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 575-7071
http://thegalleystpete.com

Guinness Fish & Chips at The Galley

Guinness Fish & Chips at The Galley (Photo credit: Lori Brown)

The Guinness Fish 'n Chips - Fresh Gulf Grouper in Guinness Beer Batter Served with Malt Vinegar Fries and Coleslaw.

The Galley uses fresh local grouper for their Fish 'n Chips. You get a big portion of three large, delicious, juicy pieces. There are also enough fries to feed a small village in Ireland, and the coleslaw is excellent too. The fish, fries and slaw are all fresh-made, great quality and extremely delectable. The dark Irish dry stout gives it a nice flavor, and rich reddish-brown color.

4. Horse & Jockey

1155 Pasadena Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 345-4995
http://www.horseandjockeypub.us

Horse and Jockey Fish and Chips

Horse and Jockey Fish and Chips (Photo credit: Kevin Godbee)

Fish & Chips - 8oz. Haddock battered & fried with chips.

The Horse and Jockey's Fish and Chips are excellent. The batter is crispy and slightly sweet. It's almost like a candy coating. It has such a nice crunch. The way the crispy batter feels on your teeth and in your mouth, and the sound of the crunch is all a treat in itself. Then, there's the moist steamy fish inside that’s airy and lush.

5. Jack's London Grill

1050 62nd Ave N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 289-7170
https://jackslondongrill.com

Jack's London Grill

Jack's London Grill (Photo credit: Kevin Godbee)

Classic Fish N Chips - White Flaky Fish Dipped in Pale Ale Batter, Crispy Fries and Homemade Tartar Sauce. That is the menu description. I confirmed that the fish is Haddock.

Anecdotally speaking, Jack's seems to be the crowd favorite. I thought there were others that were better, but it was a pretty close call, and Jack's IS one of the best.

6. Stillwaters Tavern

224 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 350-1019
https://stillwaterstavern.com

Stillwaters Tavern Fish & Chips

Stillwaters Tavern Fish & Chips (Photo credit: Kevin Godbee)

Fish N' Chips - Local Snapper, Crushed Pea Salad, Malt Vinegar Sauce.

Stillwaters is another one that uses fresh local catch. I could eat this every day. It was so good that I was thinking about it all day the next day after I had it for dinner. I love that they are pieces that you can pick up with your hand, and immerse in the tartar sauce. I like to push them into the cup until they hit bottom, and then just stick that in my mouth for a flavor explosion. (Courigan's are like this too, by the way.)

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7. Three Birds Tavern

1492 4th St N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 895-2049
http://www.threebirdstavern.com

Three Birds Tavern

Three Birds Tavern (Photo credit: Lori Brown)

Fish & Fries - Wild caught North Atlantic cod dredged in our beer batter, deep-fried to a golden-brown, served with malted tartar sauce, creamy mustard slaw & fresh cut fries.

As you can see above, Three Birds actually calls the fries what we Americans call them. The fish was crispy on the outside and moist & flaky on the inside. If you love fish & chips these do not disappoint and the creamy mustard slaw was so fresh. It was absolutely crunchy, tangy goodness! An added tip is to ask for your slaw to be put in a separate container because the juice from the slaw gets into the fries and the fish batter and takes away from the experience.

8. Yeoman's Cask and Lion

UPDATE: May 15, 2019 - Yeoman's is now closed in this location, and Ford's Garage (same ownership) has expanded into it from next door.

200 1st Ave S Suite B
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 513-9367
https://www.yeomanscaskandlion.com/st-pete/

Yeoman's Cask & Lion Fish & Chips

Yeoman's Cask & Lion Fish & Chips (Photo credit: Kevin Godbee)

Fish & Chips - Fresh Prepared North Atlantic Cod, Deep Fried with their Signature Beer Batter, Served with Chips (Fries), American Coleslaw, Lemon, and their Home Made Tartar Sauce.

The portion on the fish & chips is huge! It's definitely one of the best we've had. The seasoning is perfect, it's crisp and crunchy on the outside, and moist and flakey on the inside. The accompanying fries and slaw are very good, and the tartare sauce is made from scratch in-house.

Please tell us your favorite Fish and Chips in the comments below.

8 Best Fish n Chips in St. Petersburg, FL 2019
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DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, & Haley do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner.
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9 Responses

  1. Horse & Jockey has great fish & chips! Beach 400 has the best grouper sandwich in St. Pete.
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Robert, Thanks for your comment! Horse & Jockey is great!
  2. I think Moon Under Water should be on this list.
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks Jeremiah. We'll have to consider them for the next update.
  3. A list of the Burg's best fish ad chips would be remiss to not mention The Queenshead. They are really fantastic there.
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks Felipe. We will have to go back and try them again. It turns out that we were there when it was the former owner, and a different recipe. We heard that it's really good now. Thanks for bringing it up.
      • You're welcome, and thank you for turning me on to some other places I wasn't familiar with The Galley and Jack's London both look delicious. Nice site and list. =-D
  4. RE The Three Birds calling their dish Fish & Fries rather than chips is likely because, judging from the photo, that's exactly what they are - American french fries! There is a difference between the two - it's not just a matter of interchanging the name! As a Brit living in America I seldom order fish and chips over here, because I am so often disappointed, for that reason! However I do appreciate your article and will definitely give some of these places I haven't been to yet, a try! Thank you!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks for reading and commenting, Jill!

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