I pass by Mike's Fish & Chips all the time on my way to Woodbine subway station – it's a short walk from my house. But surprisingly, I've only eaten there twice.
My first visit to Mike's Fish & chips was a little over a year ago when Michelle and I went in for their $3.95 burger and fries special. It was cheap in price but the ingredients were notably fresh and the fries left quite the impression on me – so good!
So why hadn't I been back in a whole year then? I don't know. But after having a terrible lunch at Relish this week, I found myself craving a good, down-to-earth, simple homemade meal, and I knew I would find it right next door at Mike's…
The fries were as good as I remember – I wish I knew what it was that makes these fries so good, but I can't put my finger on it. Maybe it's the kind of potatoes they use?
As for the fish (halibut) it wasn't as good as the fish I had farther east on the Danforth at Len Duckworth's, but it was still a decent piece of fish and it rescued my stomach from the atrocity I was served at Relish just moments prior.
In comparison to Len Duckworth's, the portion of fish here was quite smaller – maybe not in physical dimensions, but definitely in thickness. And the batter didn't stick to the fish very well, so eating it with my hands resulted in a lot of pieces of batter scattered across my plate… But it was still a very tasty piece of fried fish nonetheless.
It's the fries at Mike's Fish & Chips that will likely have you coming back for more though. I also couldn't help but notice how many pick-up orders they had for poutine in the short time I was there… Oh, and I also saw that they make a really good Greek salad there as well (the owners are Greek) and I'm looking forward to going back and giving that a try next time.
The service at Mike's Fish & chips (it's a husband and wife operation, with Mike cooking and his wife Maria serving) was very friendly and inviting. Not over-the-top friendly, but definitely the kind of service that gives you warm fuzzies and makes you want to go back time and time again. Why haven't I been back in more than a year then? I guess I'll never know. (Maybe it's the low prices that make me assume it's substandard food? But it's far from it. Somehow, you get much more than what you pay for.)
Mike's Fish & Chips
2162 Danforth Avenue
+1 (416) 429-4665
If you're in the area and looking for a quick (and cheap) bite to eat, definitely check out Mike's Fish & Chips, and for goodness sake, try the fries!