Fairhaven Fish & Chips

Written by on October 3, 2010 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(No website found at time of publishing) – Fairhaven, Bellingham
How I heard of this place: I had seen the red, double-decker bus on the corner of Harris Avenue and 10th Street for years before having an opportunity to sample its fresh-fried fare. Since I tried it, the salmon and halibut with soft and flavorful jo-jos have yet to be beat.
Type of cuisine: Fried fish and other seafood (including shell-fish) with hearty, thick jo jo potatoes. The establishment is also known for its soft-serve ice cream in over twenty flavors.
Ambiance: Child friendly with plenty of outdoor seating available, the establishment requires one to walk up to the window outside the bus to place orders before taking your seat at one of the large picnic tables (with umbrellas) or in the small gazebo.
What I ordered: I have sampled both the salmon and the halibut in the past. On this venture, we ordered a 3-piece halibut and chips ($11.95) to split between two. The basket came with tarter sauce and a side of cole slaw.
What I loved: I loved the freshness of the halibut and the crispy-ness of the batter. I love that the batter is not puffy and deceiving as to the size of the fish you expect to be inside. The batter on these large pieces of fish sticks directly to the tender, juicy meat and is graced with flavor and the perfect fish ‘n chips texture. The fries are lightly seasoned, thick cut and melt-in-your-mouth soft goodness.
Why I loved it: I love the ambiance of a true fish ‘n chips joint. Outdoor seating whether the temperature outside is cold or hot. The corner placement is perfect for people watching or basking in the sun while enjoying some of the best fish ‘n chips the Pacific Northwest has to offer!
Cost: Average to high ($8-$12 for a basket of fish ‘n chips)

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