Swains reels in win­ner

Glad­stone picks its favourite

The Observer - - NEWS - MARK ZITA Mark.Zita@glad­sto­neob­server.com.au

IT WAS a close bat­tle for the ti­tle of best fish and chip shop, as voted by The Ob­server’s Face­book fol­low­ers, but one favourite has hooked the prize.

Swain’s Seafood and Salad Bar at Toolooa was voted the best place to get fish and chips in Glad­stone, with 17 men­tions out of 53 com­ments.

Some of our Face­book fol­low­ers gave glow­ing re­views.

“Swains by far. Colin and Gay al­ways out do ev­ery shop in town,” Rhi­an­non Cherry said.

“Highly rec­om­mend Swains,” Sam Gawned said.

On Swain’s Face­book page, the busi­ness has been rated 4.5 out of 5 stars by 20 pa­trons.

“Look­ing for the best fish and chips? This is the place to go and visit. A week will not be com­plete with­out grab­bing a meal from them,” Duarin Ber­ganti­nos said.

“The best fish and chips in my life so far. When I go to Glad­stone to visit, I go there. Yum yum,” Kym Saron said.

“Wow. What can I say? Truly the best FRESH feed of fish, prawns and scal­lops we’ve ever tasted. 5 star,” Julie Ann said.

“Swains never dis­ap­points! Al­ways worth the money,” Kaela Win­ning wrote.

The Hot Box at the Glad­stone Fish Mar­kets also re­ceived many votes.

The busi­ness, owned by Glad­stone res­i­dent Si­mon Whit­ting­ham, opened in 2016 with the bold claim that he had the best fish and chips in town.

“Our fish is from Queens­land and Aus­tralia and I have the ac­cess to fresh fish – that’s my big dif­fer­ence,” Mr Whit­ting­ham said in an in­ter­view with The Ob­server in 2016.

His hard work seemed to be pay­ing off, com­ing in sec­ond with 12 men­tions and also re­ceiv­ing 4.5 out of 5 stars on Face­book.

“Fan­tas­tic! Lovely ser­vice, fresh and fast food. Great ser­vic­ing size,” Kristy-lee Baum­gart said.

“It would have to be the best feed of fish and chips I’ve had in a long time,” Tim Machen said.

Tan­num Beach Fish and Chips came in at third place, be­ing men­tioned eight times by our Face­book fol­low­ers.

Other votes from the pub­lic in­clude MJ’s on Boyne, Fordy’s Seafood on Tank St, and Red Prawn in Glad­stone West.

Photo: Mike Richards

READER’S CHOICE: Swain’s takes out top prize for the best fish and chips in the re­gion.

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