Tonight, we hit 75 Street for fish and chips.
I didn’t know The Pitch had an award for Best Fish & Chips, but I can see why these guys took the cake in ’06.
First, KC is lucky to have a place like 75th Street Brewery. Their beer is grand and I want to drink it all day long.
Second, their fish and chips are grand as well.
Let’s get to the scores:
1) flavor: 8, just what a fish batter should be: beer-laden, dark brown, and lip-smackingly good.
2) crispiness: 9, maaaad crunch!
3) fish:batter: 9, 3 small, but thick pieces of cod perfectly wrapped in just the right amount of batter.
4) batterâ€™s ability to retain crisp: 7, incredible. this is a really high score and i swear i put on 1/4 of malt and still got a crunch.
5) oil:food: 8, only a couple finger-wipes necessary.
6) lack of fish slime: 10, cooked to perfection.
sides: fries (not chips), very tasty, but not really fat chips. a very small side of basic and not-too-mayo-heavy-slaw, and a very light and tart tartar.
we enjoyed a bowl of onion dill soup before (yum) and my fish and chips went down most famously with a big pint of Abbey Ale, served just slightly below room temp. goddamn, this was a good meal.
ok. we’ve got quite a few more places to hit. i’ve got my tracking sheet up here for your reference. so far, 75th Street is the place to beat (and i think it’s going to be hard). oh, not to mention, 75th street has boutique fish and chips! in addition to the standard cod dish, they serve a $16 plate of Alaskan halibut and a creole catfish varietal.
[and they’re kid-friendly:
4 thoughts on “On a quest for KC’s perfect fish and chips – 75th Street Brewery”
Also a big fan of F&C. Might want to add the Brick and Harry’s Country Club to the list–both pretty good.
I’ve never been a huge fish enthusiast, but I tried 75th’s F&C about a year ago, and they were truly outstanding. Coddamnit, you’re making me crave a good ole’ fashioned fish fry. My company takes us down to Beaver Lake once a year, and the striper is amazing. Nothing like that taste of fatty, crispy goodness when the seasoning’s just right.
Jen and I will have a chance to taste seafare in its proper environment in less than a month when we hit Seattle. Sushi and salmon, your ass is mine.
DUUUUUUUUDE! Should get the Halibut NEXT time…truly divine. I’m not even really big on fish and chips, but hell…they can’t be beat. If you find a place that beats the regular Cod at 75th…make a return trip for a Rematch and get the Halibut.