What: The fish and chips
Where: Atlantic Fish and Chips, 73850 Highway 111, Suite B, Palm Desert
How much: Mini (two pieces, as shown) is $7.99
Why: It’s a near-perfect version of the classic platter.
Atlantic Fish and Chips has been around for many years; it was fast casual before fast casual was cool, in fact.
However, I’d never managed to make it there myself—that is, until I found myself near the hole-in-the-wall restaurant at lunch time on a recent weekday. It was time for me to devour some fried food, and Atlantic indeed offers all sorts of fried goodies, including shrimp, clam strips, mushrooms, zucchini, onion rings and hush puppies. There are even fried Oreos for dessert ($3).
But I was there for the fish and chips. That’s part of the restaurant’s name, after all.
After getting some advice from the personable woman behind the counter, I decided to get the “mini” fish and chips: two pieces of breaded and fried wild Alaskan pollock, plus fries and a little cup o’ coleslaw. Despite the “mini” moniker, this was plenty of food—and I am not a light eater. If you are a light eater, one piece plus the fries and coleslaw will cost you $5.49; for more gluttonous eaters, three pieces cost $10.99, while four cost $13.75.
While the coleslaw was good, and the chips were pretty average, the fish pieces were fantastic. They were moist and perfectly cooked; the batter was flavorful and crunchy. I have eaten many versions of fish and chips that were foiled by greasiness—which makes sense, considering the stuff is immersed in oil—but Atlantic’s fish was excellent: The oil was definitely present, but it was far from being overwhelming or annoying.
Atlantic Fish and Chips has been around for a long time for a good reason: The food is excellent. If it continues to be excellent, something tells me Atlantic Fish and Chips will be around for many more years to come, too.