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The Best Fish and Chips in Indian River County

Fish and Chips, an iconic British comfort food, has crossed the seas and found a cherished home in Indian River County. As I embark on a culinary journey through this delightful coastal community, it’s worth remembering that the history of fish and chips traces back to 19th-century Britain, where it emerged as an affordable and satisfying meal for working-class communities during the Industrial Revolution. This classic dish features tender white fish, often cod or haddock, enveloped in a seasoned batter and expertly deep-fried to create a harmonious contrast of crispy coating and succulent fish.

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Join me on this journey as I showcase five local dining establishments that have perfected the art of crafting the finest fish and chips in Indian River County.

The Green Marlin Restaurant & Raw Bar – Vero Beach, FL

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inside dining room of The Green Marlin Restaurant & Raw Bar in Vero Beach Florida
fish and chips as prepared at The Green Marlin Restaurant & Raw Bar in Vero Beach Florida

The Green Marlin Restaurant & Raw Bar has been a cherished local favorite for over six years, renowned for its commitment to serving the freshest fish in Indian River County. Owner Louis Kolbauer takes seafood to the next level by sourcing whole fish daily and expertly cutting them for an array of delectable specials and seafood dishes on the menu. However, it’s their fish and chips that truly shine, featuring a unique twist – a crispy coating of panko bread crumbs that blankets the fish (haddock) before it’s fried to a perfect golden brown, resulting in a mouthwatering harmony of textures that sets their fish and chips apart as a must-try delight in the county.

Green Marlin Restaurant & Raw Bar
Address: 1475 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 999-5248
https://www.thegreenmarlin.com/


JJ Manning’s – Sebastian, Fl

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inside dining room of JJ Manning's Irish Pub located in Sebastian florida
fish and chips as prepared by JJ Manning's Irish Pub located in Sebastian florida

JJ Manning’s Irish Pub has earned its reputation as “Sebastian’s Friendliest Neighborhood Pub” over its impressive 13-year history. Though tucked away in a strip mall, this hidden gem is well worth the hunt. Renowned for accolades like “Best Burger” and “Best Wings,” JJ Manning’s diverse menu offers delectable choices, from juicy burgers and irresistible wings to classic Reubens and authentic Irish specialties. Among these, their fish and chips (cod), with a crispy golden-brown coating enveloping tender fish, making it a must-try in Sebastian’s culinary scene.

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JJ Manning’s Irish Pub
Address: 740 S Fleming St, Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: (772) 589-1238
https://jjmanningsirishpub.wordpress.com/


Portside Pub & Grill – Sebastian, FL

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fish and chips as prepared by Portside Pub & Grill located in sebastian florida

Portside Pub & Grille has become a culinary cornerstone, delighting patrons for over five years. What makes this establishment truly special is the presence of Chef Jonathan, an English native who relocated to the United States in 1975. His menu is a testament to his rich culinary heritage, offering a diverse range of options, including seafood delicacies, hearty steaks, and authentic British classics like bangers & mash and shepherd’s pie. With Chef Jonathan’s English roots, you can expect nothing less than perfection when it comes to their fish and chips, featuring a variety of fish options, including snowy basa (featured above), cod, dolphin, and wild cobia, all accompanied by chips that bring the true taste of Britain to the USA.

Portside Pub & Grille
Address: 717 Coolidge St, Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: (772) 228-9911
https://portside-pub-grille.business.site/

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Riverside Cafe – Vero Beach, FL

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Riverside Cafe encapsulates the essence of Florida living, offering not only exceptional cuisine but also the chance to savor breathtaking sunsets. Owned by David and Ellen Lane, who have deep-rooted ties to this riverside gem, the restaurant boasts a rustic boathouse-like charm. Executive Chef Brandon Howard consistently delights patrons with his unique and imaginative dishes. Despite its discreet location beneath the Barber Bridge, Riverside Cafe is a well-known local treasure, providing a laid-back ambiance, scenic river views, and live performances. It’s the ideal setting to relish their fish and chips – two beer-battered filets paired with crispy fries and a side of creamy coleslaw.

Riverside Cafe
Address3341 Bridge Plaza Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 234-5550
http://www.riversidecafe.com/

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Sean Ryan Pub – Vero Beach, FL

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fish and chips as prepared by Sean Ryan Pub located in vero beach florida

Sean Ryan Pub is located in downtown Vero Beach and has become synonymous with authentic Irish dining. Under the creative direction of Chef Chet Perrotti, this pub has taken traditional Irish cuisine to new heights. One of their standout offerings, the beer-battered fish & chips, is nothing short of exceptional and is a must-visit destination for enthusiasts. The fish (cod) is beer batter, fried to a beautiful mahogany brown, and offers a delightful crispiness around the edges. Sean Ryan Pub offers an unforgettable culinary experience that elevates the classic dish to new heights, making it a must-visit spot in Vero Beach for those seeking the perfect fish and chips.

Sean Ryan Pub
Address: 2019 14th Ave, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 217-2183
https://seanryanspubvero.com/

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Do you agree with our choices? Did we miss your favorite place to get fish & chips? Sound off in the comments below to let us know so we can go check it out!

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