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Best Fish and Chips in Detroit ?

I didn't mean that the cole slaw at Slow's would be good with fish & chips, I just meant overall, it's some of the best I've had locally. And I wasn't necessarily bringing up Slow's to boost their reputation. Like I said, I am a vegetarian (with the exception of fish every now and then) so I really only eat one thing at Slow's and that is "The Genius" which is a BBQ "veggie chicken" sandwich that I could eat just about everyday! As far as the service, I guess I've been one of the lucky ones. Granted I have only been there a few times, but I have gotten seated fairly quickly and always receive my food just as fast.

Despite McCormick & Schmick's being a chain, (although technically there are only about 30 of them nationwide, so it's not like a fast food place) they do strive to provide excellent service and their food is quite simply, amazing. I personally only like a few different types of fish, and don't enjoy "dark meat" "fishy fish" like salmon and such, so next to going to a fish market and purchasing my own fish, they provide a wide variety of fresh fish from Cod to Alaskan Halibut to Hawaiian Mahi Mahi and beyond. MMMMM Sure, like I said, they may be a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for...and anytime I go there I leave full and happy! (albeit a little lighter in the wallet, but that's why I only go about twice a year)

Anyway, I read that you are from the Ferndale area in another post of yours. I'm not sure of your age, but do you remember a place called Duke's Fish & Chips on 9 Mile in Hazel Park? Several family members of mine used to work there and we ate there quite a bit. They closed many years ago, but that used to be some of the best fish and chips around. Also Clubhouse BBQ that was on Woodward in Ferndale (owned by the makers of Garden Fresh Salsa) had good fish & chips as well.

Dec 01, 2007
detroiter in Great Lakes

Best Fish and Chips in Detroit ?

Sorry I forgot to mention a few things. I actually had the orange cream soda and my Dad had the ginger beer. I didn't mention it because I've had Stewarts soda many times, so it wasn't anything new to me. As far as the cole slaw, it was pretty good with a little added salt and pepper, otherwise it was a bit bland. If you want a good cole slaw, I suggest going to Slow's BBQ down by Tiger Stadium. Probably the best in town. And then there was the tartar sauce, which I actually thought was good. I can be picky about my tartar sauce since I am not a big fan of mayonnaise.

As far as going on a Friday...fish is a Friday thing in many families, so I would have guessed the opposite and thought that it would have been even better on a Friday. As far as getting a piece or two that is soggy...there were five of us who had the fish and chips, and it was all soggy.

After reading some of your previous posts, I read this, "the half-beef-tallow of the frying oil is probably the "secret" ingredient." Considering I am a vegetarian and the only meat/animal I eat is fish...I am totally disgusted at the thought of this. (not to mention the gas it gave me) Good fish should never give a person gas, and my stomach is still feeling the effects after eating that soggy grease.

So in the end, to answer your question, I gave it a go, but no, I will not be returning to try it again.

Dec 01, 2007
detroiter in Great Lakes

Best Fish and Chips in Detroit ?

Ok...so after typing Fish and Chips Metro Detroit into Google, Scotty Simpson's repeatedly showed up, which then of course led me to this board. Being of Irish/Scottish decent, I love a good plate of fish & chips. After reading review after review, I figured this place must be good, but being a father of a young child, I wasn't sure about venturing down to 5 Mile and Lasher. It took me 2 weeks to finally just take the dive and invite some family as it seemed that the bigger the group, the better. (Think MORE protection)
My Dad having grown up in Scotland and moving to Detroit was also interested in the hype, so we loaded up the car and headed out on a Friday night. Upon arriving, the outside didn't look as bad I thought it might, and it was nice to see an older gentleman sitting outside watching the cars, although I don't know if he would have been able to provide much assistance in case of attack. We entered and were not sure if it were supposed to order and then sit down, or just take a seat. So we stood there for a moment and eventually a nice lady approached and said, "must be your first time here...welcome!" So far so good. We then sat in the non smoking section (who really wants to smell smoke while eating?) Our waitress came quickly and brought us water and asked if we wanted anything else to drink. We placed our drink order and waited for her return to order this "famous" fish & chips. The waitress was wonderful, offered great service and was very attentive. From a distance we admired all of the friendly faces around us and everything smelled pretty good as we eagerly awaited our meals. It wasn't long before we had our own plates placed before us and got ready to dig in. Sadly though, the happy thoughts didn't last very long. First of all, I've had fish & chips from Detroit to the west coast, in Scotland, England and even Amsterdam(the worst yet!)....but I must admit, I was not all that impressed with what we were fed at Scotty's. Of course, this is not meant to be disrespectful, and is simply my opinion (well, and the other 4 members of my family as well), but if people are going to come on this board looking for the answer to the question about the "best fish & chips in Detroit", not everyone is going to agree.
When I eat fish & chips, I want a nice tender meaty piece of fish with a light but crispy batter. At Scotty's, you get a fairly thin fillet with an almost overly crispy batter, which is also very greasy. I like to taste the different textures between the tenderness of the fish and crispiness of the batter, but with the grease soaking through into the fish, it was pretty soggy and not very satisfying. The chips were actually pretty good, but again, a bit greasy and 1/3 of them were soggy.
The experience of actually going there was good, and as I stated, the service was great, but as far as the "best fish & chips in Detroit," I'm going to have to disagree. I know I may be a bit of a snob, but when it comes to fish and chips, it's worth being a snob.

Even though I hate spending too much money on any meal, and considering this small plate of fish and chips at Scotty's (which was 3 small pieces of fish and a handful of fries) which wasn't actually that cheap at $9, I would rather splurge less often to get good fish and chips. Instead of going out for fish and chips once a month for $9, save your money and spend the extra $6 at McCormick & Schmick's every two months. Sure it might cost you $15, but you will get 4 fresh pieces of fish that are not only big and chunky, but flaky as well, and the batter is crispy without the grease.

I prefer to support the small independent restaurant, the local dive, the Mom and Pop type place, but when it comes down to it, if I am going to spend hard earned money on a favorite meal, I want to be satisfied when my plate is cleared, and honestly, Scotty Simpson's just didn't cut it. I am glad that I took the chance and experienced it for myself, but again, you can't always believe what you read, and I found that out firsthand after my trip down to 5 Mile and Lasher.

So to all of the people that read these reviews, I seriously mean no disrespect to this fine establishment whatsoever, and if you are a lover of fish and chips like the rest of us, perhaps it's always worth the trip to see for yourself, but don't expect the best in Detroit.

Nov 30, 2007
detroiter in Great Lakes