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Fish & Chips at HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Foodie 15: Best Fish & Chips in Tucson

Updated March 21, 2024

Whenever February and March roll around, it’s that time of year when regardless of the reasoning, people start to ask, “Where can I get good fish and chips in Tucson?”

Check out some of the places we’ve gathered.

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Fish and Chips at the Canyon's Crown (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant & Pub

Canyon’s Crown meets all your Great Britain Pub needs, so it is apropos that they are first on the list. They serve a beer-battered cod, with a one or two-piece option, you can also add a grilled shrimp skewer.

Fish & Chips at Crispy's Fish N Chips (Photo by C.J. Hamm)

Crispy’s Fish N Chips

Quaint little counter service restaurant, Crispy’s offers both white fish as well as catfish on its menu. The fish is breaded in a very well-seasoned cracker crust and served with steak fries and tartar sauce. Any other sauces, hushpuppies, coleslaw, or potato salad are on you to customize your Crispy’s experience. Also note, they have some big, reasonably priced family meals.

Fish & Chips (Photo courtesy of Hops Sports Grill)

Hops Sports Grill

New England-themed sports bar and grill on the far east side offers beer-battered “cawd” served with fries and housemade tartar sauce. Their fish fry Fridays have a huge five-piece portion or a grilled option on special.

Fish & Chips at HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery (Credit: Jackie Tran)

HUB Restaurant & Ice Creamery

Nestled in the heart of downtown Tucson, HUB Restaurant’s fish and chips, which is beer-battered wild Alaskan cod, comes paired with a side of tartar sauce, fries, and coleslaw.

Fish & Chips at Kappy's (Photo courtesy of 3panman on Instagram)

Kappys Bar & Sandwich Place

This tucked-away bar and restaurant has been slinging fish fries since the early ’80s. The tradition lives on every week, with beer-battered cod, fries, coleslaw, and garlic toast. Fish and chips is not on the regular menu, so make note, it’s only poppin’ like fish grease on Fridays.

Kingfisher (Photo by Taylor Noel Photography)

Kingfisher

Being the long-time “King” of Tucson seafood restaurants, of course, the Fisher made our list. They are serving up a classic fish and chips with Alaskan cod, “big” fries, coleslaw, and all the add-ons. The real beauty about Kingfisher, while practicing pescetarianism, is the copious amount of seafood options.

Fish & Chips (Photo courtesy of Mulligan's)

Mulligans Bar and Grill

Like a little whiskey with your fish and chips? Mulligans on the east side has cultivated one of the city’s biggest and most versatile whiskey lists. I digress, this is about the fish basket! Wild-caught Alaskan cod is hand-battered in a housemade beer batter and served with shoestring french fries, coleslaw, and tartar sauce. On Fridays, there is a free refill for their fish Friday special.

Fish & Chips (Photo courtesy of Noble Hops)

Noble Hops

Noble Hops touts itself as “Tucson’s First Gastropub”. Well, what self-respecting gastropub doesn’t provide a solid fish and chips? The noble one provides just that in Oro Valley!

Beer Battered Catfish (Photo courtesy of The Parish)

The Parish

The Parish, serving chef-driven Southern cuisine is offering up a N’Awlin-style fish and chips on its regular menu. This version is Abita beer-battered Mississippi catfish, Crystal hot sauce, and hand-cut fries. Add an order of hushpuppies and cast-iron cornbread and you are in soul food heaven!

Fish & Chips at Saguaro Corners (Photo by C.J. Hamm)

Saguaro Corners Restaurant & Bar

Wild-caught Alaskan cod, battered to order in a beer and tempura batter, served with hand-cut fries, house coleslaw, caper tartar sauce, and lemons — not to mention the views of the Rincon Mountains and Saguaro National Park East.

(Photo courtesy of Sue's Fish & Chips)

Sue’s Fish & Chips

The sign on the menu when you walk to the counter exclaims: “One bite and we gotcha!” You have to love the bravado of this small yet colorful seafood spot. Their fish comes in combos with an option of pairing the cracker-breaded white fish with shrimp, scallops, or oysters, served with crinkle-cut fries and Sue’s Sauce (A hot sauce-laden take on a cocktail sauce).

Fish & Chips at Thirsty's Neighborhood Grill (Photo by Gale M. on Yelp)

Thirsty’s Neighborhood Grill

Thirsty’s is the only place on the list that has both fish and chips on its regular menu and an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays. Atlantic cod beer-battered and served with fries, coleslaw, and garlic toast.

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Fish & Chips (Photo courtesy of Trident Grill)

Trident Grill

Inspired by Poseidon’s three-pronged spear, Navy SEALs, and sports, Trident has garnered a reputation for providing great East Coast seafood dishes to Tucson. The fish and chips is no exception. Alaskan beer-battered cod, with all the fixin’s is offered up in a two and three-piece option. Add a cup of their famous clam chowder and you got yourself a really delicious way to stray from meat for the day.

Fish & Chips (Photo courtesy of Union Public House)

Union Public House

Beer-battered Arctic cod, malt tarter sauce, fresh coleslaw, now that’s a Union! Enjoy your fish and chips in the beautiful gastropub ambiance located in St. Phillips Plaza, and don’t forget to peruse the huge whiskey list, unless, of course, you gave that up for lent.

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