Fish and chips are a traditional British dish consisting of battered, fried cod and French fries, wrapped in newspaper to go. America started as a British colony. Despite the fact that some words have changed, like chips to French fries, it’s no surprise that fish and chips is still such a popular American food. In DC, you’ll find everything from gastropubs to fast food offering fabulous fish and chips.

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1099 New York Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 639-9830

Pronounced “a-gwen,” AGAINN is an upscale British gastropub in Gallery Place. Serving up a traditional pub classic, the fish and chips at AGAINN are beer-battered cod fried to a light crispy perfection and served with the traditional English side of mushy peas and tartar sauce. AGAINN’s philosophy is to serve good food from the best ingredients possible, so you know that the produce is organic and the cod is sustainably sourced. Enjoy this delectable treat time and time AGAINN.

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Hank’s Oyster Bar
1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-4265

Served during lunch or brunch, Hank’s Oyster Bar offers some of the freshest fish in the DC area. Chef Jamie Leeds’ local Dupont-neighborhood restaurant is a welcoming, cozy place that has become a DC establishment since its opening in 2005. Serving “urban beach food,” the fish and chips are always perfectly battered and fried. If you tend to favor fries with a bit more spice, substitute the chips in the dish for a side of Old Bay French fries.

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Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips
400 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 232-3468

You can’t miss Arthur Treacher’s location on Florida Avenue because of the gorgeous, vibrantly-painted mural on the outside. This unpretentious fish-and-chips shop serves its food not wrapped in a newspaper, but close to with paper-lined baskets. Arthur Treacher’s fish and chips are served classic style as battered fish but with hushpuppies instead of French fries. But you don’t have to get just the traditional fish and chips. There are combo platters with chicken or shrimp, or you can even get the same battered fish served on a bun if you want a fish sandwich. Don’t be thrown off by the fact that Arthur’s serves Korean food as well. It reaches “across the pond” on both sides.

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444 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-7007

Fish and chips and sushi may not sound like they go together, but it’s more delicious than you think. Instead of the traditional cod, SEI uses flounder. Instead of chunky-cut fries, the “chips” are replaced by thinly-fried pieces of potato crisps. Mix it all together with malt vinegar and wasabi tartar for a designer roll with a hint of familiarity. Although SEI sports a very modern, all-white décor and sushi bar, the fish and chips roll is a respectable nod to the traditional. 

Related: Best Sushi In Washington, D.C.

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The Codmother
1334 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 245-0571

This cozy interior with exposed-brick wall and eclectic décor reminds you of the eccentricity of England. With a place called the Codmother, how could you think that it didn’t serve a mean fish and chips? In a basket lined with the typical dive bar, red-and-white checkered napkin to sop up the grease, you will find amazing fish and chips. This dish is a fried delight, perfectly suited for soaking up the cheap beer you can order alongside. The cod is shaped into balls, heavily beer battered and fried to a golden goodness served with a heap of fries. The cod this establishment uses is female to deliver a meatier filet, naturally lending itself to the name Codmother. 

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DCs off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamies traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at