Murphy’s Fish & Chips

This is a series of reviews based on finding the Best Fish & Chips in Nova Scotia.

Restaurant: Murphy’s Fish & Chips 

Where: Truro, Nova Scotia

What I Ate: 1 piece fish & chips, the fish was battered English style. It came with coleslaw and tartar sauce.

Details: The fish was light and crisp. The fries were disappointing. The coleslaw was creamy and crunchy. The tartar sauce was good. I loved the fish themed plates. Both malt and white vinegar were on the table. I asked for lemon. The ketchup was Heinz.

Service: Excellent! Fast & Fresh.

Atmosphere: Cozy booths and walls lined with lots of fun sea themes. Kinda kitschy and perfect for enjoying with company.

Price: 1 piece fish & chips, $8.04 with tax.

 Of Interest: A bit of a drive from the 100 series highway, but worth it for the fish and the scenic drive through Truro. Head towards VIA Rail and Murphy’s is in the same complex.


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