Best Fish & Chips in Seattle

One of the best things about living in the Northwest is that we've got great new restaurants opening all the time. Another great thing about it is that those restaurants serve only the freshest seafood… and by fresh, we mean fresh out of the deep fryer. So, check out our list of the seven best spots to find one of Seattle's signature dishes: fish & chips.

West Seattle:
As comical as the fish that graces Spud’s sign might look, their fish & chips are no joke. It's been a West Seattle institution since it opened in 1934, and it's also pretty much the only place to get fish & chips on the beach in Seattle. - By Chona Kasinger, Thrillist

Best Fish And Chips

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Any long-time Seattleite will tell you that you haven't tasted fish and chips until you've eaten at Spuds.  With three locations in the city, the Alki Beach restaurant is the original, opened in 1935. Their standard fish and chips are made of cod but they've also got salmon or the ever-popular halibut.  Note that there's and additional charge for ketchup and tartar.  (Charging extra is a tradition that dates back to 1935 and I kind of love that.) - Beth Whitman, Expedia

Seattle must-sees

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Don't Forget to Explore West Seattle.

Regarding "Soaking Up Seattle" by Christopher Reynolds, July 29: To do Seattle like a real local, one needs to not just stay in the downtown area but also explore West Seattle, which is an entity in itself.

Longtime Seattle inhabitants also do not miss taking in Alki Beach, Lincoln Park, the Frye Art Museum, Saltwater State Park, shopping/eating at the Junction (West Seattle's local downtown, with businesses, restaurants, etc., that line the cross streets of California and Alaska avenues). One also must stop at Spud to have its delicious fish and chips.

Seattle's Top 10 Fish and Chips

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If you were a lucky kid growing up in Seattle, your parents may have taken you to Alki on a hot summer day. By the time dinner rolled around, your parents had had enough, and just herded you over to Spuds for a memory-making extravaganza full of batter, white fillets of heaven, and loads of greasy fries and tartar. You can still recapture that feeling, even if it's no longer guilt-free, knowing you'll be pulling weeds for weeks to burn this off. - Hannah Raskin, Seattle Weekly

75 Years of Fish and chips on Alki Beach


I may have found the excuse I needed to come to Alki Beach when it’s cold and rainy.
At West Seattle’s Spud Fish and Chips, I can enjoy one of my favorite meals served with a stunning view of Elliott Bay – at one one of the oldest fast food restaurants in the city. I don’t know of many other places that offer an inexpensive menu with such an expensive view. Do you?
This year marks Spud’s 75th anniversary serving fish and chips by the beach. A cardboard of fried cod and fries was 10 cents in 1935, and the batter recipe is still the same today, said manager Carol Kelly, who was hired by Frank Alger, one of the original owners, in 1972. “You don’t mess with success,” she said.
Now that the summer craze has passed, a lot of people come to watch the storms from the upstairs dining room, said Kelly.
That’s where I met Federal Way customers Dolores and Charlie Robison. They also have found an excuse to visit every week since they retired in the late ’80s. “We come here every Wednesday,” said Dolores Robison. “It’s our mini-vacation.” - Gabriel Campanario, Seattle Times

Spud Fish and Chips 75th Anniversary Sees Old Friends and New


Spud Fish and Chips, a fixture on Alki since it began in 1935 celebrated its 75th Anniversary on Sept. 15 with people lined up long before it opened at 10:30 a.m. Those early arrivals got a special Anniversary Pack of a commemorative plastic mug, a T-Shirt and other goodies. They were also among the first to enjoy the special pricing of the day. Those who contributed a non perishable food item (to the West Seattle Food Bank) got a fish and chips order for only $1.75 or without a donation, $2.75 and Spud would donate a dollar in place of food.

The event was kicked off by Spud Operations Manager David Fechter who noted that the founders Jack and Frank Alger originally sold two pieces of fish and fries in a little cardboard box for 10 cents at a walk up window. He said, "We've kept the same traditions, we've kept the same batter, kept the same breading, kept the same tartar sauce recipe and really tried to maintain the things that made Alki Spud successful and unique that you guys have asked us to do for all these years."

Fechter went on to introduce the "I Love Spud" Essay contest which will run from Sept. 15 to Nov. 7. People are asked to share their favorite Spud memory or creative writing through an essay, story or poem. The winner will get an Apple iPad and two tickets for an Argosy Dinner Cruise ( a combined value of more than $600) provided by American Seafoods, the suppliers of the cod for the Spud's famous fish and chips.
The winning continues with a random drawing chosen from all entries in which you could win one of three exclusive Italian bracelets, courtesy of Alvin Goldfarb Jewelers worth more than $285. Entries and rules will be available at Alki Spud or online at the Spud Facebook page.
Weekly giveaways will be featured on the Alki Spud Facebook page too.

While the $1.75 price was good only on Sept. 15, a special meal deal will be available through Nov. 7. A $6.99 one piece fish and chips, cup of chowder and refillable collector cup will be offered with the donation of one non perishable food item to the West Seattle Food Bank or for $7.99 without a donation.

Steve Johnson, Director of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Seattle was in attendance and read a proclamation from Mayor Mike McGinn who named Sept. 15, 2010 as " Alki Spud Fish and Chips Day"

The first person through the door for the Anniversary was Adam Lewis who had waited since 7:30 a.m. for entry. "it's a great time for good fish and chips," he said.

Many of the people attending the event have been coming to Alki Spud for well over 30 or 40 years including Helen and Harold Nitchman. Harold said he comes down,"When it's my turn to cook." Dorothy Trengo said, "I've lived here for 45 years and when my kids were young we used to come down here once a week, it was a favorite thing." Beverly Clary said, "I've been coming here to Spud for at least 45 years now and I like to feed the seagulls across the street with my extra french fries."

General Manager Carol Kelly has been working there for 38 years and made $1.80 per hour when she started.

Featured at the event was a live Marimba band who entertained the crowd during the middle of the day.

Spud handed out some "Fun Facts" at the event:

On an average summer day from June to August Alki Spud serves approximately 900 orders of fish and 600 pounds of fries.

Each year they sell 32,000 pounds of fish (150,000 entrees), 1,100 extra large dill pickles and 175,000 tartar sauce cups

The most popular menu item is "The Special" which consists of three pieces of fish, fries and an extra large soda. It has been a menu item for more than 30 years.

During World War II Alki Spud came close to closing when they ran out of grease (they now use Canola Oil) to fry the fish. West Seattle residents banded together using some of their ration tickets to buy grease and save Spud -  Patrick Robinson, West Seattle Herald

Our Favorite Seafood Dives

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On Alki Beach in West Seattle, fish-and-chips loyalists head to Spud, a humble structure with unbeatable views of Puget Sound.  What began in 1935 as a clapboard fish shack has become one of the best-loved seafood dives in greater Seattle.  Spud is known for its crispy fried cod, but the halibut and oysters remain favorites, too.  grab a bowl of creamy seafood chowder and dive into incredible caloric glory. - Paige Porter, Coastal Living