Fish and Chips

Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature foods really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result. Victoria has had much success creating a substantial market for Fish and Chips. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Brady's Fish & Chips or at Barb's Place, a major player in the field. Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!

8 Hyland's Fish & Chips
Another Sidney favorite, local residents have repeatedly voted Hyland's number one Victoria area fish n' chips. The fish is always fresh and never greasy or over-battered, and the hand-cut fries are perfectly golden. A real treat, and well worth a stop if you're visiting Booktown! (250-656-4435)

7 Willows Galley
Fish and chips venues are big in Victoria, and Willow's Galley has serving up loads of the fried goodness since 1980. Since there's not much space to sit inside, get your order to go and head to the Esplanade, where you can eat by the waterside. Not feeling 'fishy'? Many locals claim Willow's also cooks some of the best burgers in town. (250-598-2711)

6 Brady's Fish & Chips
The quintessential Victoria fish n' chips shop, Brady's offers fried cod and halibut, which you can order a la carte or as a dinner plate. Available sides include cole slaw, potato salad, onion rings and zucchini sticks. In addition to fish, options include prawns, oysters, chicken strips, basic sandwiches (BLT, grilled cheese), burgers and hot dogs. (250-382-3695)

5 Barb's Place
Barb's seasonal restaurant serves their fish and chips in classic British style — piping hot and presented in a newspaper cone. The fish is lightly breaded halibut or cod, and the fries are hand-cut. From the Inner Harbour, catch the ferry to Fisherman's Wharf and you can't miss Barb's blue-painted floating restaurant. Picnic tables allow you to eat and watch the local fishermen at work. (250-384-6515)

4 Fish on Fifth
Casual and friendly, as every good fish n' chip shop should be, this Booktown eatery is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. You have a few more options here — salmon or halibut, fried or grilled, with Cajun spices or garlic and herbs. Maybe you'd prefer prawns, oysters or scallops. Get good old fashioned chips, or fantastic sweet potato fries. Or eschew seafood all together and go for a burger or a big salad with lots of healthy ingredients. There are many choices here, but whatever you select is sure to be fresh and satisfying. (250-656-4022)

3 Fairfield Fish & Chips
A locally owned family business, Fairfield Fish & Chips has been in operation since 1995. Four varieties of fish are served: halibut, haddock, cod and rock fish, all accompanied by a plentiful portion of homemade, hand-cut chips. A few sides are offered to round out your meal, such as prawns, calamari, onion rings, cole slaw and fried zucchini. Really good burgers, too. (250-380-6880)

2 Old Vic Fish & Chips
Open for more than 50 years, the Old Vic is one of Victoria's longest-lived restaurants, and one of its most popular. They serve excellent fish n' chips, which come wrapped up in newspaper just like in Great Britain. Halibut is the fish of choice for most patrons, although there are usually a couple of other options, as well. (250-383-4536)

1 Haultain Fish & Chips
Local residents have repeatedly voted Haultain one of the top places in town for fish n' chips, so you know it has to be good. The batter is notably lighter than many other fish places, so your halibut or cod won't be greasy. Other menu choices include a host of fried seafood and even pierogies. Service is friendly and quick. (250-383-8332)


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