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/ Updated on July 29, 2017

There is a little bit of Britain tucked into the south side of Rehoboth Avenue among the ice cream cones, cheesesteaks, T-shirts, taffy, pizza, fudge and corn dogs. And it's just a short waddle from the Boardwalk. go fish! is almost always a treat. Their signature dish is, of course, the English Beer Battered Fish and Chips brought to us by none other than our very own Rehoboth Brit, Alison Blyth (founder of the long-gone La La Land). The white, flaky cod is filleted right there on the premises and comes out crispy, crunchy and flavorful. The chips, (OK, french fries, just don't tell them I told you) are hot and tasty. I also like the fish as a sandwich with cole slaw (“The Codfather”). Alison claims that her chips are the real thing. Not sure if she means the shape, how they are cooked, or the fact that they come from actual potatoes, but they are good, nonetheless.

Several of my Foodies-at-Large like the “Brighton Beach” (crab cakes), “The Tube” (fish tacos, light crunchy and crispy) and the “Bangers and Mash” (pork sausages with all the fixin's). My favorite dining companion never misses the Mushy Peas (think of a buttery, green pea hummus without garbanzos or tahini). Apparently Alison had to search high and low for the genuine “marrowfat” pea used to make this very British delicacy. When she finally found a source, she bought 3000 pounds of them. I can't help but wonder where she keeps them.

As appetizers, you've got to try the Black and Tan fried onion rings (yup, it's a beer batter, and ask for them well-done) and the Coconut Shrimp. Can't decide on the various types of shrimp? Go for The Ultimate Shrimp Appetizer. The name says it all. One of the special treats on the menu is the huge Shepherd's Pie (the pie is huge, not the shepherd). The meaty base is deliciously spiced and quite filling. Don't miss it!

UPDATE! I mentioned in an earlier incarnation of this article that in the past I had had a couple of less-than-perfect meals where the fish was soft and greasy. As much as I like Alison, it is my duty to report what I find. What I also found is that, after returning quite a few times since then, the fish has been firm crunchy and not a bit greasy; moist, and the flavorful batter lets the mild taste of the cod shine through. About a year ago I whined about the dry sandwich rolls, and the rolls are now completely different; moist and grilled with a touch of butter. I'd love to think they changed because of The Foodie's commentary, but they probably knew the rolls were nasty anyway (I can dream, can't I?). When they're on their game, their fried fish stands up against any other eatery around here. And the whole Limey experience is fun–especially the cool tchotchkes from the London subway.

(By the way, if you ever dine at Bramble & Brine, say hello to Howard, Alison's brother. He is the tall, well-dressed Brit who will show you to your table.)

go fish! is just west of the Boardwalk at 24 Rehoboth Avenue. You can't miss the huge Union Jack. They have lots of deals off season, and they are open all year. Give them a call if you must (302-226-1044) and experience the closest thing to a real British Fish + Chip Shop you'll find in Rehoboth Beach. Click here to see the dinner menu at go fish! (L., D.) Price Range: Inexpensive +.

Off-season Specials & Hours

Specials & Moods change quickly. Always call a restaurant first.

pp = per person.
BOGO = buy one, get one.
Bloody = bloody mary.
domestics = American-made beers (e.g., Bud).
imports = foreign beers (e.g., Heineken).
Rails = non call-brand alcohol.
Prix Fixe = one set price.
Mains = entrees.
Margs = margaritas.
Chix = chicken.
AYCE = all you can eat.
Lite = Miller Lite
drafts = draught beer.
Early Birds = arrive before a certain time.
Apps = Appetizers.
bottles = beer in a bottle.
à la carte = order off the menu (no prix fixe).
crafts = micro/artisanal brews (e.g., Old Leghumper Lager)

24 Rehoboth Ave.
(302) 226-1044

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  1. Avatar Jan P. says:

    I may be in the minority here, but frankly, I love Go Fish! primarily for the fish and chips (or salad.) For my money and from my point of view, Allison’s are the best in the area, and that goes for her sister store, Go Brit! Generous portions, super crispy and delish!

  2. Avatar Bill krupinsky says:

    We were fans for a long time but the rudeness of the owner got to be too much. When her brother and sis–in-law left the business service was never the same. While everyone’s taste is different we found better and less expensive Fish and Chips at Claws.

  3. Avatar Disappointed says:

    I like to try all of the new places in the area, so I looked forward to trying Go Fish. I was disappointed. The prices were high for the type of food served. When did it become acceptable to charge over $15.00 for something as simple as fish and chips? Come on! I won’t be going back.

  4. Avatar Mary Lou mc says:

    We visit rehoboth a few times a year and we always visit go fish. My husband tries fish and chips EVERYWHERE and these r by far the best and most authentic…the sticky pudding is great. Other reviewers said they have had mushy fish but we never have,I hope they stay crunchy and moist like they have in the past. We r actually going there this weekend,can’t wait.

  5. Avatar Chris says:

    While I do love their fish and chips, the Shepherds Pie and Fisherman’s Pie are also worthy of a try. These two are wonderfully flavored and definitely very filling! I couldn’t help noticing last week that the fish and chips entrees 3 of my fellow diners ordered were considerably smaller than in all previous visits (maybe 15-20 times?), by at least a third. I hope this was a fluke! They were disappointed in the size as each had ordered this several times in the past. Fingers crossed this isn’t the new norm.

    • Avatar Ellie R says:

      My husband and i went to Go fish 4 years ago off & on. The fish & chips were delicious and a nice portion meal. We went back last last yr and the size was so much smaller and the slaw was not as tasty as it always was. The price is a lot higher and the meals smaller. A friend ordered shrimp & fries the shrimp was dry and way over done. She didn’t say anything and she should have for the price she paid. We will probably not return as the place has changed to the food price & what you receive. Maybe it was and off night.

  6. Avatar betty ewing says:

    we go to go fish mostly in the off season and have found most items on the menu to be fine. the atmosphere is friendly whether pick up or dining in. we must admit the prices are a little high for the amount of food given,however, their $10 or so off season specials are worth repeated visits.

  7. Avatar Paul says:

    What better fun food than fish and chips in a subway by the ocean. Come on this place is terrific for what it is. Just wish they weren’t so stingy with the mushy peas!!!!!!

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