Penrose Fish & Chips
NileGuide Expert Says:
Hands down the best fish and chips in the city, and the pies are heavenly, too. It closes early, though, so check the hours before you head there for dinner.
600 Mount Pleasant Road
Opposite Toronto Public Library
M4S 2M8 Toronto, Canada
+1 416 483 6800
Penrose is a Toronto institution, but located as it is somewhat off the beaten path, many Torontonians don't even know it's there. Penrose has been making traditional British-style fish and chips since 1950, and more than sixty years later it is still in the same location and run by the same family. The menu is not extensive - they serve haddock and halibut, chips, chowder and coleslaw – but the food is excellent and the portion sizes are reasonable. You can order food to take away and enjoy it picnic-style in one of the many local parks. They'll even wrap it in newspaper for you. You can also eat in, although the seating area is small and you may have to wait for a table. The restaurant is decorated diner-style with vinyl-covered booths and Formica tabletops, and the walls are lined with Maritime knick-knacks, photos of the city from the early part of the 20th century, and a giant swordfish.