The Frying Scotsman is a fish and chips food cart located near the corner of SW 9th and Alder St. in downtown Portland, Oregon. For the past two years and counting, owner/chef James King (of Ayrshire, Scotland) has been preparing thousands of orders of this authentic British dish. The recipes at The Frying Scotsman have been passed down for at least two generations.
|Menu (late October 2011)|
It looked like James fries the cod and the potatoes in the same fryer at the same time. While my fish and chips were frying, I saw James professionally slicing up some cabbage (for his house-made slaw) and potatoes.
After a few minutes, my order was ready:
|Cod fish and chips (Frying Scotsman)|
|Cross-section of the cod|
James also has other fish that he can prepare for you, should you not be in the mood for cod. James carries haddock (a Scottish fish), halibut, red snapper, and mahimahi. All but the halibut will be $8 for the regular size; the halibut is sold at "market price."
And if you're in a real sinful sweet tooth mood, James will deep-fry a Mars bar for you ($3).
If anything, fried food's unhealthy traits are likely the only reason why I wouldn't come back as often. But if I'm in the mood for some fish and chips, this is a place to get my fix! Here's to hoping James continues to sell fish and chips in Portland for many more years to come!