Godfather, Proper Fish & Chips
4254 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston, S.C., 29405
I have fond memories of my British husband taking me to various shops while visiting England looking for a “proper” fish and chip shop. As a southerner, I had no clue why he rejected so many of the places we tried as not authentic – in England! On our last day with family, my brother-in-law took us to an authentic “chippy” and I learned what all the fuss was about! It’s not just fried fish and it is nearly impossible to explain. The batter, the flavor, the hand cut fries and perhaps the oil they use to cook it in makes the difference. Of course a serving of mushy peas (marrow fat peas), HP sauce and malt vinegar elevates the whole experience! Imagine when my husband learned through the grape vine that an authentic fish and chip shop was opening in Charleston! I’m embarrassed to admit he hounded that poor fellow begging to learn when they would be open. He went from pure optimism to disbelief that it could be real.
The first location of Codfather, Proper Fish & Chips on Reynolds Ave. was quickly outgrown as word spread about their food. They have recently relocated to a larger venue but maintain their business in North Charleston. I admire the owner, Adam Randall, for his commitment to his North Charleston community and it’s so good even if you aren’t close, it’s worth the drive!
They have added other British comfort food to the menu including some of the tastiest meat pies I have ever tried! Battered fried sausage? Sure, why not! Manchester fries (some would call it poutine) is the sexiest comfort food in town. Some expats have declared it even better than what they would get in England and it is really worth a try! Did I mention it is also a deal? The fish is the size of my forearm with a plentiful serving of fries for $10.00!