Eight Dallas Seafood Sandwiches (Plus: Fish & Chips!) You Need This Lent
One of two lobster rolls at TJ's Seafood. This version is the cold "New England-style" tossed with homemade mayo.
Dallas’ fish sandwiches are working hard right now. Don’t snake through the drive-thru of the McDonald’s on Gaston Avenue for that frightening fish patty with a glob of no-refrigerator-needed mayo. Dallas’ sandwich and fast casual seafood spots are frying fresh cod like beautiful ocean doughnuts; they're beet-curing salmon and showering lemon on lobster claws. This list has your Lenten fish sandwich (or fish and chips) needs covered. Here are eight fresh or blackened or whatever’s-good seafood sandwiches that’ll make abstaining from meat, for any reason, worth it.
20 Feet Seafood's crispy cod po-boy and fish & chips (pictured here) both use the golden, beautiful, crispy fried cod.
The Fish & Chips ($14) or Crispy Cod Po-Boy ($9) at 20 Feet Seafood Joint
1160 Peavy Road; 972-707-7442
It’s truly a doughnut of the sea. Screamingly fresh cod is fried into golden orbs. Crispy fries are tossed with roasted garlic and rosemary. Whether it's fish and chips or the po' boy, you’re good to go — hammer some malt vinegar, heap the house tartar sauce on the bun and you’ll hear the clunk of the harbor buoy. At 20 Feet, prepare to be transported. You'll sense a seagull hovering above you, waiting to pluck a fry right from your hand. BYOB because you need a beer as cold as the Atlantic.
Uncle Uber's Sammich Shop's straightforward and delicious blackened fish sandwich with slaw and pickles
Courtesy Uncle Uber's
The Blackened Fish Sandwich ($6.99) at Uncle Uber’s
2713 Commerce St.
Uber’s is a master pleasurer. No, I’m serious: They know how to instantly find your "S spot." Sandwich spot, I mean. Their Cuban hits all the sandwich porn points, and their roast beef sandwich deserves an AVN Award. Ranch is everywhere! For the oceanic option, the blackened tilapia is laid over fresh cole slaw and sliced pickles. It's great sandwiching. Uncle Uber’s also confirms they’ll have a jerk salmon sandwich as a rotating special ($7.99) during Lent. That one comes with roasted garlic mayo, romaine, tomato, shaved red onion and English cucumbers on a toasted bun. I need a cigarette.
Meat is the focus at Luscher's, but fish specials are a bright star in a hot dog sky
Luscher's Red Hots
The Crispy Fish Sandwich ($7.75) at Luscher’s Red Hots
2653 Commerce St.
Just down the street from Uncle Uber’s, there’s another smoking hot fish sandwich. Available on Fridays, Luscher’s version has beer-battered pollock fillets, house-made tartar sauce, lettuce and tomato on a seeded bun. You probably already know about Luscher’s beautiful, pillow-soft buns. You're probably in the car already, right now, driving to Luscher’s while reading this paragraph on your phone. Cut it out — you know better than to be on your phone while driving in Dallas traffic. Fries come with this sandwich, too.
You know you want the East Hampton Sandwich Company lobster roll
Lobster Roll ($16) at East Hampton Sandwich Company
Multiple locations; Snider Plaza at 6912 Snider Plaza; 214-363-2888
No pun intended, but East Hampton runs a tight ship. Sandwiches are meticulously built, chips are fried to how-did-they-do-that levels of crispiness and the aiolis are addictive. Hampton's simple lobster roll, with knuckle and claw meat and some chopped herbs stuffed into a butter-toasted roll, is no different. At 16 bucks, it’s one of their more expensive items, but it's worth the indulgence. Spot the lobster with a little Tabasco to nudge this one into the stratosphere.
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