Battered delight from St James in Grimsby
A fish and chip shop in Grimsby created a one-of-a-kind chip butty, and The Lincolnite tried it as part of their popular series exploring the culinary delights of Lincolnshire.
St James Fish Restaurant on Brighowgate has been a seaside town favorite since it opened in the 1960s, but has now ventured into the unknown for its newest meal.
Everyone has heard of battered sausages, and we’ve even tried battered Mars bars, fried Cadbury eggs, and battered Christmas dinner, but how about a battered and fried chip butty?
St. James’s battered chip butty, launched last month, is a bun filled with french fries before deep-fried and served with either beans, peas, curry sauce, or gravy in the bun.
It only costs £ 2.50 for this delicacy, and The Lincolnite let temptation get over us so we gave it a try.
Our verdict? Incredible, it works. There is nothing to suggest these flavor combinations should go together, but they just do it.
We added curry sauce, of course, because the writer isn’t one of those guys who has sauce with fries (you know who you are), and he hasn’t regretted his decision for a moment.
Obviously, it’s incredibly filling and high in calories. Some estimate it could be as high as 1,000 calories per roll, but as a reward, it really doesn’t disappoint.
The sauce and fries mix in the bun goes very well together and there isn’t nearly as much fat as you’d expect.
The Butty was the brainchild of manager Kerrie Drinkell, who has worked at St. James for six years, two of them as managers.
She told The Lincolnite, “I saw the idea on Facebook and decided to bring it to Lincolnshire and we can’t believe the response.
“What is most surprising is the number of repeat customers we have had. I expected most would try and leave them alone, but people seem to really enjoy it.”
Hundreds of battered butties have been made to date, and due to its success, it will now be a staple on the menu.
Speaking of business challenges during lockdown, Kerrie said, “It was generally good considering we are in lockdown, but it has been manic since the introduction of the deep-fried chip butty.
“It definitely got us thinking of other new ideas that could be put on the menu, we’ll see!”
If you are going there anytime soon, be aware that the company only accepts cash and no card payments are available.
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