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Spud Fish and Chips

9702 NE Juanita Dr., Kirkland, WA - (425) 823-0607
Posted By Michael Stern on 1/13/2010 7:06:00 AM
Thank you, Wanderingjew! When our intrepid Roadfood friend offers eating advice, we pay attention; so even though we had a way-too-long hit list of Seattle-area restaurants and way too little time to sample them all, his suggestion that we head out to Kirkland for fish and chips sent other plans to the back of the eat-queue. We don't know how this little place previously eluded us. It has been a local favorite since 1935; and after a menu degustation, we'd rank it one of the region's musts.

Except for salad and some very nice chowder, a creamy pabulum here listed as "New England style" but classically Northwestern, the menu is entirely fried: cod, salmon, halibut, prawns, scallops, Buffalo shrimp (tiny ones), oysters, clams, and calamari. Big tiger shrimp encased in golden crust are dense and ocean-sweet; hunks of halibut flake into ivory white mouthfuls; and the house signature fish, cod -- hand-breaded like everything else -- is as moist as cream and nearly as rich. Tartar sauce costs 25 cents extra, but is worth the fee, loaded with tart pickle nuggets. The chips are cut thin, expertly fried to the point where the inside of each twig maintains soft potato character but the outside has become rewarding crunch.

Dining at Spud Fish and Chips was an all-around happy experience, orchestrated by a staff that was extremely helpful, offering their take on the quality and character of each item they serve. Service is eat-in-the-rough style and dining facilities consist of booths and, outside, a stand-up counter and picnic tables for when it isn't raining. Signs ask diners to please bus their own tables when they are finished eating.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Cod (Single Order)
Onion Rings
Halibut and Chips
Milk Shake
Tiger Shrimp
Chowder
Tartar Sauce
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A single order of cod is a very nice-sized meal, and a big bargain at $5.11. Bigger appetites can go for a double or triple order. Although presented in a lowly cardboard boat, it is fish-and-chips royalty.
"A single order of cod is a very nice-sized meal, and a big bargain at $5.11. Bigger appetites can go for a double or triple order. Although presented in a lowly cardboard boat, it is fish-and-chips royalty."
Michael Stern





Moist? Sweet? Delicious? Yes, to the third degree. There is nothing outlandish about this hand-breaded cod filet, but it is indubitably outstanding.
"Moist? Sweet? Delicious? Yes, to the third degree. There is nothing outlandish about this hand-breaded cod filet, but it is indubitably outstanding."
Michael Stern


The menu lists onion rings as 'home style.' I don't know what home they're talking about, because to me, Spud's O-Rings are restaurant cookery at its finest. Each ring has a severe crunch to its coat, while the onion inside is soft and sweet.
"The menu lists onion rings as 'home style.' I don't know what home they're talking about, because to me, Spud's O-Rings are restaurant cookery at its finest. Each ring has a severe crunch to its coat, while the onion inside is soft and sweet."
Michael Stern


You will pay 25 cents extra for tartar sauce (or 50 cents for a family pack). Splurge! It is excellent sauce, loaded with crunchy bits of pickle.
"You will pay 25 cents extra for tartar sauce (or 50 cents for a family pack). Splurge! It is excellent sauce, loaded with crunchy bits of pickle."
Michael Stern


Two members of the staff behind the counter strongly suggested we go for the hand-breaded tiger shrimp rather than the smaller Buffalo shrimp. We never did try the latter, but have no regrets about ordering these handsome big boys.
"Two members of the staff behind the counter strongly suggested we go for the hand-breaded tiger shrimp rather than the smaller Buffalo shrimp. We never did try the latter, but have no regrets about ordering these handsome big boys."
Michael Stern


Like the happy pigs on the signs outside of Southern barbecue parlors, Spud's piscatorial mascot seems to beckon customers to come inside and eat him.
"Like the happy pigs on the signs outside of Southern barbecue parlors, Spud's piscatorial mascot seems to beckon customers to come inside and eat him."
Michael Stern


It's a good half hour (much more in traffic) to get from Seattle out to Kirkland, but if you like fish and chips, it is a journey you'll be happy to have made.
"It's a good half hour (much more in traffic) to get from Seattle out to Kirkland, but if you like fish and chips, it is a journey you'll be happy to have made."
Michael Stern


Guess what? It was raining in Seattle the day we visited Spud Fish and Chips. Dining at the outdoor picnic tables was out of the question.
"Guess what? It was raining in Seattle the day we visited Spud Fish and Chips. Dining at the outdoor picnic tables was out of the question."
Michael Stern



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