(415) 437-CRAB, www.woodhousefish.com
THE CHIEFTAIN IRISH PUB AND RESTAURANT
A lighter batter and a thicker chip characterize the fish and chips at the Chieftain. Thankfully, all the batter goes toward the shared goal of crispness. While you can opt for a fourth piece of cod for an additional $3.50, listen to the you-of-20-minutes-later and stick with three. It's enough.
198 Fifth St., SF. (415) 615-0916, www.thechieftain.com
THE IRISH BANK
When you wander to the realm of Union Square, it's hard to discern the real restaurants from the good real estate investments. But you'll be rewarded if you find yourself in the Irish Bank ordering the fish and chips. An all-around winner, the fish is not too greasy. And the chips match the fish perfectly: they're crisp on the outside, but warm, soft, and moist on the inside.
10 Mark, SF. (415) 788-7152, www.theirishbank.com *