Can there be anything better than enjoying superb fish and chips on an outdoor patio on a fine evening? For us, it is one of the simple pleasures, but sometimes finding good fish and chips – even here on the Island, where fresh fish is plentiful – is a problem. We have more often than not been disappointed by fish that was not fresh, chips that came from a freezer bag, heavy greasy batter – you name it, we’ve seen it all even in supposedly ‘good’ fish and chip joints. Maybe that’s why Dick’s Fish and Chips in Campbell River was such an extraordinary delight.
Dick’s is located along the waterfront on a wharf, easily visible from the parking lot located at the marina that is its neighbour. We wandered down there for dinner during a brief overnight stay in Campbell River to discover that we weren’t the only ones planning to enjoy the fresh air and maritime ambiance that paired so beautifully with the fare offered at Dick’s. The place was hopping!
We placed an order for a couple of ‘one piece fish’ dinners knowing, thanks to our B&B hostess, that there is always an extra smaller piece of fish thrown in for good measure. After ordering we plunked ourselves down at one of the picnic tables and watched as a wide variety of meals arrived at other tables. We tend to be purists on the fish and chip ‘thing’, going for the deep-fried variety, but there are many other options on the menu including grilled fish, burgers of every imaginable variety, wraps, salads – choice is not an issue here if traditional fish and chips are not your heart’s desire.
We only had to wait a few minutes until our order, served up in large paper cones perched in unique trays, was ready. We unloaded the tray, inserted the paper cones into the holes cut in our table (I had been wondering what they were for….) and plowed in. And oh my, what a treat! Cut-to-order chips, lovely fresh fish in a light and non-greasy batter – it was enough to warm the cockles of a fish ‘n chip lover’s heart. Hands down, it was certainly the best fish and chips we have eaten in a very long time.
There isn’t much to say about the ‘ambiance’ at Dick’s – it is cheerful, clean and, it seems, always busy. There is limited indoor seating if the weather isn’t co-operating but really, half the experience here is enjoying the fresh salt air, watching the activity on the docks and gazing in wonder as the spectacular Alaska-bound cruise ships glide by. It’s a great way to enjoy good food in a lovely setting and, for sure, Dick’s will be a destination for us on future trips to Campbell River.
Further information on Dick’s Fish and Chips can be found at their website:
The restaurant is located at 1003B Island Highway, at the Coast Marina and beside the BC Ferry terminal
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 50.02650215559821 Long. -125.24089387539828
N 50 01.590 W 125 14.454