It's one of those Rhode Island traditions — picking up fish and chips on Fridays during Lent.
Deep-fried chips (or french fries if ordered with a hamburger) may have first appeared in Britain second half of the 19th century. The Oxford English Dictionary notes as its earliest usage of "chips" in this sense the mention in Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, which was published in 1859: "Husky chips of potatoes, fried with some reluctant drops of oil."
Dickens also mentions a "fried fish warehouse" in Oliver Twist, which was published in 1838.
Many Middletown restaurants carry on the English tradition of fried fish and potatoes, through a fish and chips offering on the menu.
But which Middletown restaurant has the best fish and chips? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
Here are what a few people had to say on the Middletown Patch Facebook page:
Brian Ernest Coddington Brewery.....real flounder, not cod
Valerie Bissell Anthony's Seafood has the best fish and chips and a very pleasant staff!
Jim Lombardo Everyone knows a good fish n chips is made with cod. Anything else its just not fish n chips
Stacy Camara Rowland Atlantic Beach Club!!! Amazing
Christine Burdett McCormack Chelsea's! Yummy fish and chips also the best fried Clams! Oh god... Now I'm hungry!
Vincent Pawloski Flo's is good when the grease isn't old. When they have the right fish, nobody can beat Easton's Point for flavor, freshness and portion.
What do you think? Who is the best?