The Best Fish & Chips in Nova Scotia

A girl could go mad with choice! Haddock or cod? Most fish & chips use haddock, once in a while cod or halibut is offered as a choice. Haddock or cod for me. Deep fried, pan-fried? Deep fried of course. Hand cut chips or frozen French fries? Hand cut of course.  Battered or crumbed? Crispy batter please. Wrapped in paper?  Without the ink please. I have fond memories of fish & chips on a cardboard plate and wooden forks. With lemon or tartar sauce?  Home made tartar and lemon please. Good quality ketchup for my chips. Vinegar? Malt or plain? Malt vinegar and lots of salt, this is the time to wallow in fat and sugar.

What defines the best fish & chips? To determine the best fish & chips in Nova Scotia we used a combined methodology of straw poll and travels around the province. We based our tests on taste, price, and the extra…hand cut fries, ambience, homemade tartar sauce, freshest fish or best batter. This non exact science provided me with a frame of reference to list the top ten. Lanes Privateer Inn, hit the top by providing fish so fresh, it was rude, crispy batter, hand cut fries, and top quality tartar sauce and ketchup. There were many others that kept popping up so we have included our list of the top ten places in Nova Scotia for fish & chips.

1. Lane’s Privateer Inn Liverpool

2. Roadside Grill Belliveau’s Cove

3. Murphy’s Fish & Chips Truro

4. Phil’s Seafood Quinpool Road Halifax

5. Island View Restaurant Western Shore

6. Durty Nelly’s Halifax

7. July & Joanne’s Digby (Truck Seasonal)

8. John’s Lunch Woodside

9. Steel City Tavern Sydney

10. The Snack Place Yarmouth


18 thoughts on “The Best Fish & Chips in Nova Scotia

    • Hi Marie,
      I have tried their Scallops, and they were very tasty, but I haven’t tried their Fish & Chips, I will check them out on my next visit to Digby!

  1. Best fish and chip is at a small place in westren shore 6 miles from Chester Basin on the waters edge.
    The fish was moist and cooked to a golden brown and the chips perfect, my wife hates fish untill this visit, and my kids only wanted to eat there when we looked for something to eat for lunch.
    When back in the NS I will always stop in two or three times.
    Great prices, great service, super food.
    I have eaten all over the US and Canada and this place is tops.

    JF Phx

  2. I think you all need to try Vikki’s Fish and Chips in Coldbrook NS. It is the best. It has a nice light crispy batter and the fish is fresh. Vikki’s husband is a fisherman and supplies all of the fish so it is super fresh. It is a small but busy little place and friday nights they have a 3 pc of fish n home made fries for 995. We usually get 3 orders for the 3 of us and it is enough. The haddie bits are the best tho and I usually order them.

  3. My husband and I are fish and chips addicts and we’ve tried countless restaurants around the province, from high-end establishments to chip wagons. After testing out the fish and chips at Roadside Willies Smokehouse in Truro, I can say with 100% conviction that we have found the ultimate in fish and chips. The hand-cut fries are softer than most places but I think it’s because they blanch them in water and not oil. Hmmm, maybe too healthy. I had the hand-cut while hubby had the crispy beer fries. They only serve the whole fillet so you won’t leave hungry. The price was a special that day for $8.95. What a feast. Roadside Willies will be seeing a lot of us in the future. Yum!

  4. The best I’ve found by far is at the Saltspray Cafe in Nictaux (near Middleton on the highway #10). It is quite new to the area but their battered fish is crispy and light, fresh haddock and homemade fries along with their coleslaw. Their one piece is a whole filet so be warned. You can ask for a 1/2 filet which is around 4 ounces. Hey though order the two piece if you think you can eat a pound. LOL. The clam are awesome too. 🙂

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