When you ask about the best fish ‘n chips around here, which you would think would cause a food fight or at least an intense competitive dialogue, you actually end up hearing the same name over and over: Fredie’s.
Lucky for me and many others, Tammy has opened up another restaurant, this time in Bayers Lake in Clayton Park. Shelagh and I were in the area shopping when we both got hungry and I remembered my friend Kelly mentioning Fredie’s in Bayers Lake. Shelagh knew exactly where to go: 8 Oland Court, right behind the Jungle Jim’s and next to Indian Buffet Palace. Tammy was there to greet us and told us so much about this dream of hers and some of her foodie secrets!
It all starts with the fish which is deep fried twice and get this, it is unseasoned. That is right! And so are the fries, zero salt. Tammy believes in the true flavour of the food shining through.
The restaurant is not very big but it is bright and airy thanks to all the windows and her Maritime roots are honoured everywhere.
We went a couple of weeks ago while it was still warm and I looked forward to sprinkling malt vinegar over my large plate of food.
I ordered one piece of fish with a side order of sweet potato fries. The fish portions are huge! The sweet potatoes are the only thing that are not made fresh, they are bought frozen which Tammy did not want at first but she was assured they were the best sweet potato fries in town and they were right. I have never, ever had better. And the fish? Oh my, melt in your mouth fantastic. The double dunk hot oil treatment actually seals in the natural juices of the fish and makes the outside super crispy. I was in seafood heaven.
This is not a huge and fancy restaurant but the people are the nicest you will ever meet and I will admit, those were the best fish ‘n chips I have ever had. Amazing that Fredie’s ended up living up to its outstanding reputation for making the best fish ‘n chips in the world. It still amazes me that they use no salt and yet they get such profound flavour.
I really can not wait to go back! Not just for the food, the staff there are so nice, so lovely, so… Nova Scotian. It is such a wonderful escape to enjoy the flavours and reminders of the sea while sitting in an industrial park.