Fish and chips originated in Great Britain during the second half of the 19th Century. Its fast track to stardom among the working class is credited to the increase of trawling in the North Sea, accompanied by new railways which connected ports to cities. The first fish and chips joint is said to have opened in London in 1860.
Since then, Americans have been trying to one up our allies across the pond, but it’s just not the same. Now I’ve never been to London, so I don’t really have anything to compare it to, but as a foodie I’ve always learned to appreciate the original. It’s just a shame that fish and chips has changed, even in jolly old England. It’s almost impossible to find a place that wraps the delicacy in a newspaper cone, because of health and safety issues. But enough sidetracking with history and whatnot, let’s get to the nitty-gritty.
I’ve had my share of fish and chips, and have been impressed by what our area offers. My favorite growing up was always Streets of London on Wall Street in Norwalk, which has now been converted into Latin Flavor and Fish. I’ve also tried the selection at Pagano’s (also in Norwalk) and have even gone as far as ordering it at the Adirondack Pub and Brewery in Lake George, New York (check out our review of that for evidence). With that being said, it takes a lot to impress me. And out of all of the places I’ve had this dish, I’ve gone back for it and will more than likely have it again at Tavern on 7 in Norwalk.
The menu is a mix of bar favorites like burgers and wings (try the Honey Teriyaki Glazed Wings, you won’t regret it), along with salads, steak, pasta and fish dishes. And it doesn’t hurt that they happen to keep a rotation of a Brooklyn Brewery beer or two around. So with a brew in our hand, we set our eyes on the Guinness Fish and Chips.
Yes, you read right. Now most places would serve cod or haddock as the fish of choice, but Tavern on 7 uses scrod. In fact, their website description lists it as “Boston scrod, dipped in Guinness drought batter, served with a lemon tartar sauce and hand cut fries.”
This is no joke when I say that you have to try this, the fish along with the tartar sauce tastes great. But for a true experience, go with some malt vinegar. The fish is golden and flaky, and it doesn’t fall apart on your fork. We don’t necessarily condone drinking, but it’s even more awesome with a beer.
Once you’ve had this, it’s hard to go back to Tavern on 7 for anything else. I personally think that they single handedly ruined fish and chips for all of us, it’s that good. It may not be British, but it does this fellow Yankee proud.
Tavern on 7
611 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 642 – 3791