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18 Aug, 2016

Lunch at Don’s Fish & Chips in Brockville

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

In my previous post I wrote about our visit to the Brockville Aquatarium. It was just past noon and we were ready to eat. Thankfully, I had a plan, and it was Don’s Fish and Chips. It’s only a few blocks away from the Aquatarium, so it didn’t take long to get there. Thankfully we arrived before a small horde descended.

To say that Don’s is plain jane kind of establishment is understating it. It’s a shack, with a small parking lot and a big fryer inside. It was stinking hot, inside and out but I’m more than happy to check out a no frills establishment. If you focus on one thing, you’re likely to do it really well, right? Sometimes this is the hallmark a great place for lunch.

So, yes. The menu at Don’s is just as pared down as the real estate. It’s essentially one piece or two. Pop or not. Here’s the menu, if you’d like to see for yourself.

Don's Fish and Chips in Brockville

Don's Fish and Chips in Brockville

Don's Fish and Chips in Brockville

There is no seating at Don’s, so we took our newspaper-wrapped bundles to the waterfront park in Brockville. It’s very pretty, with lots of benches and picnic tables.

August 11 #dailylunches - Fish and Chips at Don's in Brockville

The fish was meaty and firm and held together well. You could eat it with your fingers… in fact, I did, because we didn’t grab enough cutlery to share. And it was not greasy. The batter is not the tempura-style beer batter one might usually associate with a fish and chip stand, but this was just as good. Oh, and the fries! I am very choosy about my fries and these were perfectly cooked. There’s nothing worse than a pile of undercooked starchy potatoes!

Note: I shared a two-piece haddock with my eldest and it was more than plenty. In fact, Mark lamented not splitting an order with our other kid.

We ate our fish and chips while being observed by local gulls, then we worked it off with a little stroll down by the waterfront. I was sad that I didn’t bring a bathing suit. I would have jumped right in:

Brockville waterfront

Brockville waterfront

Next stop: the old Kingston Penitentiary!


2 Responses to "Lunch at Don’s Fish & Chips in Brockville"

1 | Jinjer

March 28th, 2018 at 7:45 pm

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I’ve been reading through your blog and I’m madly in love with all the beautiful places you go, winter, spring, summer, fall! If I could I would pack up and move there RIGHT NOW!

2 | a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Road trip to the Brockville Railway Tunnel (safe and physically-distanced... for the most part) - a peek inside the fishbowl

September 27th, 2020 at 7:57 am

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[…] also have miiiiilllllld regrets about not grabbing a bite at Don’s Fish & Chips while we were in Brockville, but as Mark pointed out, delicious pizza awaited us and it would have […]

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