Hook, Line, Sinker! The dockside fish fry has a special place in our hearts. Crunchy, salty, and totally dip-able; fish & chips are made for summer. Our ideal combo is flaky, lake caught perch with thick-cut, double blanched fries and tangy tartar sauce.
Here’s our favorites across Ontario. Be sure to stop in to one (or all!) on your next wander!
Erie Beach Hotel
Port Dover, ON eriebeachhotel.com/
This family owned and operated spot has been a Norfolk treasure for 70 years. Folks flock in droves for their famous Lake Erie Perch ry-ups and their signature ‘Celery Bread’. They’ve been supporting Norfolk farmers & fishers for decades.
Sudbury, ON herbertfisheries.ca
Located in both Sudbury and Killarney, Herbert Fisheries has been serving up Ontario whitefish and lake trout caught in the clear waters of Georgian Bay since 1981. They’re pretty protective of their famous batter recipe, a secret locals say is the key to this family-run businesses success.
Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse
Kingston, ON dianneskingston.com
Just steps from the waterfront a classic East Coast Kitchen meets the flavors of Mexico! This is the perfect spot for anyone looking to spice up their fish and chips experience.
Birdie’s Perch Bus
Leamington, ON birdiesperch.ca
Made fresh to order, the folks at Birdie’s Perch use Fresh Yellow Perch for their ‘cones’. They also do tacos, burritos and ice cream; but let’s stay focused on what’s what here. They’re served with hand-cut Ontario russet fries, North Carolina Slaw and Birdie’s Signature Sauce. We’re also partial to adding a whole whack of Dan’s Hot Shake to our fries.
Staff Tip: They’re cash only, so hit an ATM enroute.
Minor’s Fisheries Ltd.
Port Colborne, ON minorfisheries.net
These guys have been catching fish on Lake Erie, and frying it for fresh-obsessed locals since 1974. We’re all about the 3 piece pickerel plate at this tiny, lakeside spot in Southern Ontario. For all you carbo-loaders, this plate’s also served with a roll!
Purdy’s Dockside Eatery
Grand Bend, ON purdyfisheries.com
These guys have been been fishing and frying up their catch for hungry fish-lovers for decades. They’re super proud that Toby Keith once ate there, and presumably he loved Grandma Purdy’s secret batter recipe as much as we do. Purdy’s also hosts a small fish house, at 83 River Road, where you can see their Fishermen unload “the catch of the day”.
Baked & Battered: Cottage Bakery & Fish Fry
Haliburton, ON bakedandbattered.com
We love the fried pickerel platters at this cottage country eatery, especially when you pair them with an order (or two!) of deep fried pickles. Do you sense a theme arising here? This spot lives up to it’s namesake.
Lord Elgin Fish & Chips
Port Elgin, ON lordelginfishandchips.com
This spot is a big hit with the locals, but folks have been driving in from across Ontario for decades. Mondays and Tuesdays, they do an all-you-can-eat Haddock and Chips that folks go crazy for – but we’re all about the seasonal specials, naturally.
For The Halibut Fish & Chips
Bancroft, ON for-the-halibut-fish-chips.business.site
This Fish & Chips Restaurant is located along the banks of the magnificent York River across from the picturesque Eagles Nest in Bancroft, Ontario. The view is the perfect pairing for their light and airy battered haddock!
RIV Chip Stand
Sturgeon Falls, ON rivchipstand.ca
FAMOUS for their poutine and pogos, the fish and chips plate at this Feast On Certified spot in Northern Ontario is not to be missed! Light, airy and piled high on top of their signature fries – made with specially selected local potatoes – it’s a plate worth traveling for!