Like blue and white stripes, bacon and eggs, and cheese and wine – fish and chips just go together.
Add the beach on a balmy eve and a box of crunchy chips with a chunk of fresh, flaky fish coated in a crisp batter, a dollop of tartare, a sprinkling of salt and a squirt of lemon, and you’ve got a winning summer combo.
Here are some of our fave places to net a classic box of fish’n’chips on the Central Coast.
Underneath the pelicans and through the plastic curtain is the wonderful world of Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf.
One half of the shopfront sells seafood of every kind and the other whips up takeaway to be devoured on the wooden tables out front or somewhere along the waterway.
There’s your usual battered fish’n’chips for a tenner, or for something more exotic you can mix it up with a menu of local catches such as sweet lip or shark, flathead or orange roughy for an extra couple of bux.
A stone’s throw from the golden sands of Avoca, Avoca Beach Seafoods offers fish’n’chips with a helluva view.
The pieces of fish are as long as your arm and are served with fat, salty chips, for $11.50.
Inside the the prawn cocktails’ golden batter you will find actual, plump prawns. And they have another of our fave beachside treats – ice cream cones.
With its giant sheets of paper, lashings of salt and generous servings of chips, Patonga Seafoods is like the fish’n’chips of our youth.
It’s only a little hole in the wall but the pieces of fish are supersized and battered to perfection.
Sit outside on one of the tables or take your seafood feast down to the beach or the jetty for lunch with the pelicans.
The beautifully-fried flaky fish is flathead and the chips are deep-fried square-cut chicken-salted goodness.
Umina Point is an old school suburban takeaway in South Umina which takes us back to childhood summers with salty potato scallops, fish cocktails, slushies, ice-creams and milkshakes.
It’s a few streets back from the beach on Mt Ettalong Rd and is a real locals hangout. If the bike rack and stools aren’t full, settle in for an afternoon under the ‘brollies or take your haul down to Umina or Pearl beach.
Get two pieces of fish and a generous scoop of chips for $7.
No summer on the Coast would be complete without tucking into a box of fish’n’chips on Terrigal Beach.
There is no shortage of takeaway shops offering the quintessential Aussie tucker including Blue Bells and Fish & Chip Co.
For a seafood lunch with a view, it’s hard to beat Haven Seafoods at the Haven. Grab a seat on the wraparound deck and enjoy some fish’n’chips overlooking Terrigal Beach and its resident population of pelicans.
For a casual seaside snack, The Box on the Water at Ettalong offers takeaway beer battered fish with skinny chips from the old school kiosk out the back – best eaten on the nearby beach or along the waterfront, in the company of ducks and seagulls.
Or go a bit gourmet and nab a wishbone seat in the stylish restaurant for some flathead or barra with house-made tartare.
Coastal Chic Tip: At the peak of summer, the wait can be anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes so we suggest calling ahead where you can or putting your order in and heading off for a stroll.