No one knows the true origin of fish and chips but the iconic duo gained popularity during World War I when it helped to feed the masses. During World War II, fish and potatoes were two of Theo only foods not rationed - maintaining their popularity. Today there are around 11,000 fish and chips shops throughout the UK and Ireland. It’s no surprise that when many think “Irish food” in the USA, they also think “fish and chips.”
With St. Patrick’s Day this weekend and Irish on Ionia, we want to give you a run down of some of the best places to get fish & chips in GR.
435 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Claimed by many as the best spot in Grand Rapids for fresh seafood, Fish Lads has phenomenal fish and chips. They are accurately described as “perfectly cooked, delightfully seasoned and incredibly fresh” by a patron named Gillian. Lacking in grease and with incredible fries to tie it together, this is one meal you don’t want to skip. The best news: every Friday night they have all you can eat fish and chips from 5-8PM.
1223 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Graydon’s is known for its Indian and UK fusion menu. They have a fish and chips entree of beer battered cod, frittes, garlic aioli, tartar sauce, and a lemon wedge. The fish is lightly battered and crisp. Many Grand Rapidians believe they are incredible and often recommended by staff. Stop by for this iconic meal and choose a beverage from their impressive tap list. You won’t be disappointed!
3645 Byron Center
Wyoming, MI 49519
The Fishery is impressive for its variety. They have fish (cod) and chips as well as a smelt basket, ocean perch basket, shrimp basket, and lake perch basket. Each is battered and fresh. Their dinner menu is even more extensive allowing you to buy fish by the pound for a dinner special. The most impressive thing about The Fishery? They will cook your fresh caught lake fish as long as it’s cleaned, filleted, and thawed. For the large selection of fresh and cooked fish in Southwest Michigan, stop by The Fishery in Byron Center.
732 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
According to Don W. On yelp, this is “Grand Rapids’ best kept secret” with the fish and chips being the absolute best around. Many patrons believe their fish and chips are exceptional and we agree. Like Fish Lads, they have all you can eat perch every Friday. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Brick and Porter
47 Monroe Center Ave
Grand Rapids, MI 49053
Brick and Porter’s beer battered fish and chips are serviced with house made tartar sauce and coleslaw. The fish is flaky, meaty, and flavorful according to Lindsay from GR. For great food and great drinks, Brick and Porter is a great bet any day of the week.
Don’t see your favorite restaurant offering fish & chips on this list? Let us know! And enjoy this weekend or anytime. #theblehmgroup #kellerwilliams #grandrapidsfoodie