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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New England-Style Lobster Roll ($26/$16) at TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill
4212 Oak Lawn Ave; 214-219-3474
God created TJ’s lobster roll on the eighth day, juuuuust after he finished the lobster. TJ’s mighty-good cold option is made with fresh Maine lobster, celery, red onion and house mayonnaise, heaped into a butter-toasted, custom La Spiga brioche bun. Shredded bibb lettuce is in there too, but who needs lettuce? TJ’s also does a hot “Connecticut-style" lobster roll, which is Maine lobster sautéed in clarified butter with garlic, lemon zest and fresh thyme. It's $26 for the full size (New England-style) and $16 for the petite. Treat yo’self.
The Open-Faced Beet Cured Salmon ($17) at Remedy
2010 Greenville Ave., 469-294-4012
Once upon a time, Remedy had a play on McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish on their menu. It even had the glorious slice of American cheese. We need to bring that back, people. Anyway, Remedy now features a house beet-cured Scottish salmon sandwich with “smashed avocado,” marinated cucumber, Texas tomato, pickled red onion and arugula on griddled ciabatta. You already know Remedy puts amazing things between buns, so what are you waiting for? Also, is a sundae Lent-approved? Asking for a friend.
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The Catfish (or Shrimp) Po'Boy ($10.99) at Alligator Cafe
9540 Garland Road, No. 362
There are a lot of great po'boys floating around Dallas, but this is a staple. Cornmeal-crusted catfish is precisely fried. You’re not getting dry husks of fish in burnt batter. Be generous with their Alligator sauce and roll in a couple jalapeño-flecked hushpuppies. Hot damn, this is good cajun food.
The Fish and Chips ($14) at Ten Bells Tavern
232 W. 7th St
Any list covering the best fish and chips in Dallas must include Oak Cliff’s Ten Bells Tavern. Served on a fictional slice of Britishy newspaper (as it's meant to be), Ten Bells’ deeply crispy, stupidly satisfying fish and chips are exemplary with that splash of malt vinegar. Eat on the patio; order a cold, crisp beer; and maybe a pickled egg on the side, too (you won’t regret it). Your British friends will slow clap you. It’s not a sandwich, but it’s #England. It’s also one of many fish platters in Dallas that will make you forget meat. Eat and be merry.