Hunky Dory, Palm Beach
This well-known Melbourne chain of fish and chipperies landed on the Gold Coast last year, bringing with it an ethos of fresh, local seafood and tasty and healthy made-to-order meals. Sticklers for traditional fish and chips can select from the fried packs, loaded with flake fillets and guilty pleasures like dim sims, potato scallops and fried calamari rings – or opt for something lighter with the signature grilled fish (eye off your preferred catch of salmon, barramundi, snapper and rotating local catches in the cabinet), served with either rice, salad or chippies. Grab a beer and wine while you’re at it.
Red Hot Cod, Burleigh Heads
Don’t be fooled by the cardboard takeaway boxes, Red Hot Cod is far from a slapdash takeaway joint. Instead of the stodgy, oil-soaked fish and chips from days past, you’ll find Australian and New Zealand-caught fish, deliciously crispy chips, fresh sides, burgers, colourful poke bowls, as well as a few Asian-inspired dishes.
The Fish Emporium, Isle of Capri
This waterfront dining destination in the heart of Isle of Capri takes its fish and chips very seriously. Choose your catch, then have it battered or crumbed and cooked crispy perfection – it’ll come with side of chips, lashing of house tartare and a squirt of lemon. Can’t decide? Go for the seafood box – you’ll also get coconut prawns, calamari and half a grilled bug.
Fish Mongers, Burleigh Heads
This is one of the Gold Coast’s longest-standing fish and chip shops – and judging by the line-up of locals out the front most nights, its fare is still as great as ever. Perched on Burleigh’s James Street, this seafood institution brings in its catches fresh every day, before the best bits are crumbed, grilled or battered to your liking and served with a generous helping of golden fat fries.
Millie Weirs Fish & Chippery, Paradise Point
Perched along The Esplanade at Paradise Point, Millie Weirs is know for dishing up ‘healthy’ fish and chips. Trawler-fresh local catches are either grilled, pan fried, crumbed or battered in a secret recipe, served with golden potato (or sweet potato) chips or a vibrant salad. Plus, the majority of the menu can be served gluten and dairy free!
The Jolly Roger, Miami
Quality reigns supreme here, with fresh seafood arriving daily and everything you see on the menu – including the sauces – made in house. While the daily catches rotate, there are staples like giant local king prawns, fresh oysters, housemade potato scallops, chunky chips, punchy Thai fish cakes and more. Those that follow a ketogenic diet are in luck – you can enjoy fish and prawns in a keto-friendly almond-based batter (made on site) with zucchini chips. Vegan folk can also get stuck into flavour-packed ‘tofish’.
The Inky Squid, Terranora
Owner and former Taverna head chef Ben Jones dishes up a menu of fun, nostalgic classics served with a modern spin. The trawler-fresh catches are served crumbed, battered or grilled with your choice of crispy chips or salad (or both), and you can throw a few favourites like calamari rings, lemon-pepper squid and gigantic local crumbed (or fresh) prawns on the side. Just be sure to leave room for some cinnamon-dusted pineapple fritters and deep-fried Mars Bars.
The Fish Shak, Broadwater Parklands
The Broadwater Parklands really is a killer spot for a feed of fish and chips. You can choose from a Stone & Wood Pacific Ale beer batter, a tasty panko bread crumb or have it grilled with or without garlic butter … how can you say no to garlic butter? Enjoy it all overlooking the pristine Southport Broadwater.
Peter’s Fish Market, Main Beach
For authentic fish and chips by the waterfront, Peter is your man. This long-standing fish and chippery on Seaworld Drive is located right near the trawlers on the Broadwater, so this is as fresh as it gets. Grab a spot on the picnic tables and tuck in, fishy friends.
Charis Seafoods, Labrador
This is a bit of a seafood institution for those on the northern end. Pick up some fish and chips, crumbed calamari, a hamburger or a bag of freshly caught prawns and sit down for a feast in the adjacent Harley Park or on the Broadwater. A heads up – the seagulls will want to be your friend.
Two Wise Fish, Mermaid Beach
Tucked in the Waterways Village complex in Mermaid Waters, Two Wise Fish is certainly not your stock-standard fish and chip joint. Two Wise Fish focuses on high-quality seafood, bringing in the best catches daily fresh from the trawlers to offer a refined take on fish and chips. It’s pretty apparent from the moment you step foot through the door that they take their seafood pretty seriously – so make sure this one is on your hit list.
The Stunned Mullet, Cabarita Beach
A southern institution, The Stunned Mullet not only slings next-level ocean-based delicacies with a healthy twist, but is also in the ideal position for a cracker of a picnic. Choose from the fresh fish of the day cooked how you like it, load up with your choice of fries (the sweet potato chips are a delight) and head to Cabarita headland with a picnic rug. Next, tuck into your delicious feast while you take in those sweeping views of the coastline.
Chevron Island Seafoods, Chevron Island
Owned by the same family since 1995, this popular pitstop specialises in grilled seafood and fresh salads. The menu also covers all of your favourites like potato scallops, battered savs and burgers, while those looking for a sweet treat will want to throw a few pineapple or banana fritters on their order.
Gods of the Sea, Nobby Beach
It’s definitely sophisticated seafood, and if you’re looking for something a little fancier than your local fish and chippie then look no further. The venue’s signature fish and chips delivers an upscaled take on the humble classic, featuring hand-cut chips and home-made tartare.
Honourable mentions: Want more? Catch a feed at Get Hooked in Tweed Heads or venture north to Reef Seafood at The Brickworks Centre. Oh, and Custard Canteen at Tallebudgera Creek has tasty Furphy-battered fish and chips on its menu (also available as a burger) served with hot chips and chunky tartare.