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Fish & chips is as classic a meal as there is. Every now and again – and probably more often for an immigrant like myself – you get the hankering for some good ole’ fashioned fish and chips. But where to go?

Sure you can go just about anywhere and get a plate of haddock with some fries on the side, but it’s a lot more difficult to find a dish that feels authentic to the British isles. Now truth be told, you don’t really want the true London-style fish and chips which comes in a pocket of newspaper, sure that’s cool and old-school but it’s gross because the ink runs.

Nope, you want a hefty plate of fresh fish and perfect-cut chips, with the sides of salt, malt vinegar, and some tartar sauce. And I’ve done the hard work for you; I’ve compiled a list of the very best fish and chips joints in the city, so grab your knife and fork and get ready!

Country Fish & Chips

( 293 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1H2)

Country Fish & Chips is a quaint little shop located along Lakeshore Road, not far outside of Port Credit. It’s a really nice store with a casual atmosphere that is authentically British.

The fish is golden and crispy and the chips are really damn good and not very expensive at all. On top of that the service is really quick and they serve great onion rings to go along. As if that wasn’t enough, for the real Brit’s and Irish out there, Country Fish & Chips sells Iron Brew, a very unique – and Scottish – orange drink that I highly recommend everyone tries.

The Belfast Lounge

(5165 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 4G1)

The Belfast Lounge is one of Mississauga’s very best Irish bars and, to nobody’s surprise, they also offer some of Mississauga’s best fish and chips!

For $16 you can grab halibut and chips, which might seem a tad expensive, but you get two slabs of halibut as well as mushy peas, bread and tartar sauce. You might raise an eyebrow at the mushy peas but that’s a truly authentic Irish side to fish and chips and dang if it ain’t half bad!

Queen’s Fish & Chips

(131 Queen St W, Mississauga, ON L5M 1K9)

Queen’s Fish & Chips is the most authentic-looking British shop on this list, and maybe in all of Mississauga. Most fast food stores in Britain are tiny little shops like you see in the picture above, which people in North America often think looks sketchy but you’re missing the point.

Queen’s Fish & Chips has been around for over 50 years and it’s easy to see why; you can grab a cod, haddock, halibut, salmon, and more, either fried or grilled, and sides of chips, veggies, or rice. There are more options here than most other stores and the quality is high to boot.

Applewood Fish & Chips

(1020 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Mississauga, ON L4Y 2X6)

Applewood Fish & Chips is another old-school joint that has been serving the community for 30 years! It’s another example of a place that might not look so special but it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Located within a plaza in Burnamthorpe, Applewood has a great authentic 80’s British style and the food reflects this as well. That’s not to say the food is old and stale, quite the contrary, Applewood hangs their hat on the fact that it only serves wild fish. Why does that matter? Well because it’s like free-range eggs or cows that get to graze and eat natural foods. Not to mention, the prices are pretty great!

Mississauga Marketplace Fish & Chips

(4555 Hurontario St, Mississauga, ON L4Z 3M1)

The final location on our list is simply called Fish & Chips and is located within the Mississauga Marketplace. The shop looks fairly different than every other one on this list and that’s not a bad thing.

You can grab yourself a nice plate of haddock for under $11, or a halibut with chips for just $13. Those are some pretty incredible deals, which you can wash down with a glass of milk. That might sound weird but I recommend giving it a shot. With a perfect, golden consistency, Fish & Chips at the Mississauga Marketplace is hard to beat.