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Fish & Chips in Dublin
Whether you are trying to save a few ‘quid’ to splurge on one of Dublin’s fine-dining restaurants or just traveling on a budget, fish & chips makes for a satisfying lunch or dinner. You can find this staple throughout the city: in ‘chippers’ (fast-food chip shops), in pubs, or even on menus in more upscale gastro-pubs. If you’re looking to spend less than a 10 euro note for a hearty lunch, look no further than Beshoff’s.
Before living in Dublin, I had many poor experiences with fish & chips. I’ve never been a fan of tartar sauce, I always thought the fish was a bit soggy, and it seems like the chips were sitting around just waiting for someone to buy them. Then, thanks to a friend, I had my first experience at Beshoff’s. There are a few different locations throughout Dublin, one on the main avenue O’Connell Street, and another in the Ballsbridge neighborhood.
Beshoff’s isn’t only affordable, but quality as well. The classic cod meal is their most popular dish, a combination of breaded cod served with a generous portion of hand-cut chips (fries to us Americans) and a lemon wedge. If you’re on an even tighter budget, go for the haddock meal, which for a euro or two less offers a similar portion size (but cod is known for being a chunkier, more flaky fish than haddock).
Part of what makes Beshoff’s so affordable is the ‘order at the counter ‘ style. No waitresses, no tipping, no waiting at this fish & chip shop. The O’Connell Street branch has a great upstairs dining room where you can grab a table by the window and literally watch the entire city go by. The Ballsbridge branch has less seats, but has a cozy feel. Alternatively, take your fish & chips to go from the Ballsbridge branch, and cross the road to take a seat at one of the benches along the canal. Take notice of the statue of poet Patrick Kavanagh forever sitting on a bench staring pensively into the water. Everywhere you look in Dublin, there are literary symbols.
The perfect fish & chips consists of crisp breading on flaky fish and chips that are so piping hot it can be difficult to hold them in your fingers. Nothing should be soggy, and Beshoff’s delivers a quality cod meal every time. They’ve been around since 1913, so after 3 generations, they know how to produce a perfect fish & chips. Whether you’re traveling on a budget or not, I’d recommend picking up some fish & chips during your trip to Dublin.
Address: Beshoff Bros, 6 O’Connell Street Upper, Dublin 1.
Address: Beshoff Bros, 75 Mespil Road, Off Baggot Street Bridge, Dublin 2.
Photo Credit: Jessica Colley