by Elisa Cohen
EDGEWATER –I wish I could be content eating low fat, high fiber health foods. But I crave fried fish and chips on occasion. Luckily for us, we have GB Fish and Chip just across the lake from our house. When the urge to eat a delightfully greasy hot lunch or dinner strikes, we try to offset the calorie load by walking.
GB Fish and Chips sits in Edgewater just across the street from Sloan’s Lake. The view from inside is nice, but most folks seemed tuned into the many different televisions featuring sporting matches. A Pele jersey joins many other sports jerseys that hang from the rafters as part of the decor. Handmade sign suggest fried pickles and fried Twinkies. Wooden beams give the effect of a beachside fish shack, despite the modern glass and brick new construction in which the restaurant is housed. Counter seating and large wooden tables give a warm look to the place.
A chalkboard features the options: fish includes Cod, Tilapia, Prawns, Oysters, Squid, Scallops or a combination of all of the above. You may purchase a half or whole order of just fish, or a half or whole meal that includes a side and a soft drink. Prices range from $5.50 for the three pieces of Cod to $14.55 for a full meal of Cod with six pieces of fish and a side and a soft drink.
On my most recent visit, I selected the half meal of Cod with fries as my side. Other sides include baked beans, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and crisps (potato chips.)
The fish was moist, piping hot and perfectly battered with a crispy and not too thick batter that flaked off of the fish in the way I love. The fries are not special. They are thick, steak fries that are not heavily salted. They are fine. My only gripe with the fish and chips is that GB Fish and Chips offers a tiny amount of Tartar Sauce.
My husband selected the Shepherd’s Pie, $6.95. This came out in an oval tureen with a thin layer of ground beef with peas and onions covered with a thick layer of mashed potatoes. This tasted like comfort food. Not too spicy, but rich in the flavors of beef and the stewed veggies. This did not seem as fatty as the fish and chips.
On a return visit this past Sunday we walked over to GB Fish and Chips with the dogs for a late afternoon treat. They have a lovely patio on which you can take in the view (and the rumble from the cars on Sheridan.)
My husband and daughter had the 99er, a soft serve ice cream with a Cadbury chocolate Flake on top, $1.99. The ice cream was soft and creamy. The Flake was odd. It is a somewhat waxy, twisted and honeycombed chocolate stick. My daughter liked hers but my husband did not enjoy the flavor and texture of the chocolate.
I had been a bit hungry on this outing for savory food, so I had a cup of the Clam Chowder, $3.95. It was perfectly seasoned and the consistency I like, creamy but not too thick, yet not too thin either.
We did not try the pork pies, the pasties, or the bangers and mash. Apparently they are made on site from scratch.
Overall, I like the fast food, the quality and portions and the price. When English fast food is the fare you want, this is the place to get it.
GB Fish and Chips
2175 Sheridan Blvd.
GB Fish and Chips
Cuisine: English fast food cuisine
Price: $5.50 up to $16.76.
Uniqueness: Seaside casual ambiance with multiple TVs tuned to sports. Good portions for the price.
Urge to return: High* – Great fish and chips at a good price.