Mar 6, 2024 - Food and Drink

3 of San Francisco's most fin-tastic fried fish spots

A photo of a silver platter of golden fish and chips.

Heaven is served on a silver tray at Hook Fish. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

We're well into Lent, and that means many Catholics are swapping meat for fish on Fridays.

Zoom in: Here are three fin-omenal fried fish spots to try in San Francisco:

Hook Fish: Fish and chips don't get much better than these beer-battered beauties, which come ultra crispy and piping hot. The fries are also well-seasoned, and the creamy tartar sauce is housemade. ($15-$22)

  • Lucky for all of us, there are two locations: Outer Sunset and Mill Valley.

The Codmother Fish & Chips: Don't let the small size of this food truck placed permanently near Fisherman's Wharf fool you. Their codfish pieces are huge, fresh, flaky and tender. ($7.99-$16.99)

A photo of two golden fish pieces on a bed of fries in a paper-filled basket.
These golden girls made by the Codmother don't stand a chance against a hungry human. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Basa Seafood Express: This no-frills deli-style market in the Mission is counted on for its low-cost, high-quality sushi — especially the spicy salmon poke.

  • But don't sleep on the fried fish burger. It comes with two crispy fish filets, a thick tomato slab, onion, salad greens and drippy mayo. ($8.50)
A photo of a fish burger.
Basa's burger practically begs you to take a bite out of it. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios
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