Nothing makes us happier than a bundle of freshly cooked fish and chips—best consumed overlooking the beach or, let’s be honest, anywhere on our beautiful Coast.
We’ve rounded up the best fish and chip shops on the Gold Coast, because life is too short to eat crappy takeout.
Two Wise Fish
Three generations of fish and chip connoisseurs run the helm at Two Wish Fish. It’s traditional meets modern with a tasty menu of seafood and a few burgers in the mix for good measure. If you can’t decide, opt for one of their packs; with different combinations of all the favourites including calamari, panko crumbed prawn cutlets, fish and scallops with a scoop of chips. Gone are the days of the greasy floored, non air-conditioned fish and chip joints, this place is perfect to pull up a pew and, holy mackerel, they even offer BYO so you can take your bevvie and drink it too.
The Inky Squid
Located near the entrance of the stunning Tweed Valley is your one-stop gourmet fish and chip shop where you can enjoy a meal, grab some takeaway or simply purchase some fresh seafood for your next soiree. Local head chef, Ben Jones puts his creative spin on old classics using flavour, fresh ingredients and of course, local produce. Grab some BYO to enjoy alongside the fried Byron Bay haloumi and homemade potato scallops, while dessert is easily the fried Mars Bar OR the pineapple fritter. We won’t judge if you get both.
Red Hot Cod
If you’re mad keen to find the best fish and chips on the Gold Coast, then jump in the car and head to Red Hot Cod in Burleigh Heads. Here, you’ll find pretty much every type of fish, served with big fat chips. If you’re not a superfan of seafood, there is loads on their menu for you too, with Bali superfood bowls, poke bowls, burgers and their original red hot wok menu among our favourites. Located along Burleigh’s popular food strip, grab your order and then scout out a prime position on Burleigh Hill, just a short walk away.
Tweed Heads + Coolangatta
Selfish ain’t so selfish anymore because husband and wife team Adrian and Angela have gone and expanded their offering to The Strand at Coolangatta so more people have access to their beautifully cooked, fresh fish and chips. Both locations (The Strand and Wharf Street in Tweed Heads) have a salty breeze with plenty of opportunity to see the sea and plonk down by the trees. The focus is on food cooked to order—nothing pre-battered or pre-crumbed and they even have gluten-free options. If you don’t feel like fish, fear not as there are nine different burger options on the menu.
Old school and adorned with retro surfboards and sea creatures, Fishmongers is a well-loved GC staple that has been keeping the Burleigh beach goers happy since 1948. They have every single thing you could possibly want on a fish and chips menu and you can have it your way whether you want your fish battered, crumbed or grilled, a fresh salad on the side, to take away or dine in with a bottle of wine. For a place to be around for 70 years, it’s a good sign they know what they’re doing. The perfect Sunday arvo is taking your paper bag to Burleigh Hill and soaking in a place reminiscent of paradise. You can thank us later.
Wild Fish N Chips
Fish has been in this family for five generations and it all began when they hand-picked fresh seafood from the boats in Sydney for their customers at the famous fish markets. We couldn’t be happier they made their way to Queensland and set up shop in Pacific Fair. With a belief in sustainable seafood and a focus on fresh and friendly service, this ain’t your traditional chippery. Of course, they have your favourites but their menu has a twist with healthy options such as a side of brown rice, quinoa and sweet potato salad, tasty tacos and fresh and colourful poke bowls. You may just think about fish and chips differently after you visit Wild.
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Image credit: Louise Coghill