Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday is Fish Fry Night in Provincetown

Hot L bar & grille, now closed permanently, dished up a giant serving of
beer-battered haddock on a mound of curly fries, and more if you could eat it.
Update: Hot L is gone forever, demolished for new construction on the site, but there are still great fish fry spots to enjoy for lunch or supper. This article was part of a series, but soon I'll write one large article on all the fish fry spots I can find.

There are many spots in PTown where you can get a fried fish dinner special on Fridays, either for lunch or for dinner. Some feature cod, some haddock, and even scallops are available at a bargain price in at least two Friday Fish Fry specials in town.
I'm going to do my best to make my way around the town to try all of them over the next few weeks.
We'll start with Hot L bar & grille, at 350 Bradford Street. From 5 till 8 PM on Friday nights their Fish FryDay menu offers an enormous plate of beer-battered haddock, seasoned curly fries, cranberry coleslaw and homemade tarter sauce, and dinner at Hot L always starts out with hush puppies served with cranberry butter. All of this is just $13, but hold on; they'll bring you more fish, and more fries, and more after that if you want it.
This all-you-can eat dinner centers around a huge piece of fresh haddock that has been double-dipped in their special beer batter and a seasoned flour mixture, and then quickly fried just till it's golden and perfect. This process makes for a very light, crispy coating and an especially moist piece of fish with a mild flavor and a good crunch.
The haddock sits atop a mound of tasty, curly French fries, so the fish never gets soggy on the plate on its way to your table. Hot L's coleslaw has a really fresh taste with a few cranberries adding a bit of tangy sweetness. If you'd like more fish and fries, your server will happily bring you all you'd care to eat. All this adds up to one of Provincetown's best fish dinners, and one of the town's best bargains. Wash it all down with an ice cold beer or two and you've got the perfect Friday night meal to kick off your weekend. This dinner is a Townie Favorite.
The Friday night menu also includes a Fried Seafood Platter of haddock, shrimp and scallops, and, of course, more haddock if you like. You'll find a lot of friends there, too, whether you have your dinner in the dining room or at their sleek new bar. See you at Fish FryDay at Hot L!

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