The Olympic torch arrived at land's end, on the Cornish coast of Britain, on May 19. The relay has toured the kingdom since then, and is expected to log 8,000 miles before reaching London.
That means a lot of fish and chips.
I was downing my share, made with haddock, at a pub in Oxford by the time the latest torchbearer had approached Stonehenge. Maybe the Druids had a recipe, too.
Sometimes, the price of fish and chips is fixed according to the fish that's used: haddock, plaice, whiting, cod, whatever white fish has made it to the kitchen. Sometimes, it's one fish fits all.
Whatever the catch, fish and chips is as associated with Britain as the fried fish platter is with Long Island. They both often share the same fate, arriving as soggy as a morning in the Midlands or, at least today, an afternoon in Albertson. But there are winners out there.
Here are some that deserve a medal, maybe shaped like a cod.
The Bell & Anchor, 3253 Noyac Rd., Sag Harbor; 631-725-3400.
Oceans 5, 99 Rte. 25A, Shoreham; 631-849-6414.
Cedar Creek American Bar & Grill, 75 Cedar Swamp Rd., Glen Cove; 516-656-5656.
little/red, 76C Jobs Lane, Southampton; 631-283-3309.
Navy Beach, 16 Navy Rd., Montauk; 631-668-6868.
Brownstone Brewing Company, 200 Portion Rd. Ronkonkoma, 631-588-1135
Fish and chips at Brownstone Brewing Company in Ronkonkoma