The Pub Chip Shop Review – Fish, Chips, and More

Published by Angie. Last Updated on August 2, 2020.

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From the name alone, The Pub Chip Shop might not sound like anything other than a greasy fish and chips place for those who have imbibed a bit too much (after all, the restaurant is located in South Side).

However, the menu is rather extensive and offers some tasty surprises that are delicious even when perfectly sober, as we were on our recent visit.

Famous and Lesser Known Menu Items

Thai Chili Boxty Tot in Pittsburgh's South Side

The Pub Chip Shop is located right next to Piper's Pub, a popular spot for grabbing a pint on the South Side. There is some seating in the chip shop but it's primarily a takeout and delivery place.

The menu runs the gamut of traditional fried proteins and chips to Scotch eggs, fish tacos, salads, boxty tot boxes, and baps. Being unacquainted with boxty tots and baps, we knew we had to try these dishes.

Their boxty tots are potato fritters- soft on the inside with a crunchy, crispy outside. You can order these as a side dish, or you can try a boxty tot box which is basically a meal in itself.

The boxes come with a handful of boxty tots and are flavored with any of a number of different sauces and proteins like the buffalo shrimp box with beer battered shrimp and hot sauce or the loaded baked potato box with bacon, cheese, sour cream, and green onion.

We went with the most unusual sounding boxty tot box, the Thai chili box with fried chicken, cabbage, Thai chili sauce, and green onion.

The crispy chicken and cabbage, spicy and sweet chili sauce, and starchy boxty tots combined to make a tasty meal with contrasting flavors and textures.

Fish Bap at Pub Chip Shop in Pittsburgh

We also tried a bap, which is a sandwich served on a housemade roll of the same name.

The bread was incredibly light, fluffy, and buttery. We chose to get fried fish on our bap, but there are other options as well including a BLT, chicken, club, shrimp, and even a grilled cheese bap. Our fried fish had a nice and crispy beer battered coating.

Our only quibble with this sandwich was that after a while the bread soaked up some residual oil from the fish, turning the sandwich into a slightly soggy mess. Solution: eat faster!

A Good Addition to South Side's Restaurant Scene

Although The Pub Chip Shop isn't necessarily a destination dining spot, it would be a perfect place to stop during a night out in South Side, or a great place to get delivery from if you live within the 2-mile delivery range.

The Pub Chip Shop is located at 1830 E Carson Street in the South Side.

Hungry for more South Side restaurants? Check out Double Wide Grill, La Palapa, Streets on Carson, Cambodican Kitchen, or grab a cup of coffee at Delaney's Coffee. Or if you're looking for something a bit more active, why not climb the stairs of the South Side Slopes!

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