When you think of a decent, filling meal on a hot summer's night at the beach, what do you think of? Something reasonably priced, tasty and easy to eat in a park, on the sand or anywhere you can balance it? Unless you're extremely skilled at balancing a teapot and little sandwiches, you're probably not thinking of high tea. You're probably thinking of fish and hot chips - the perfect way to celebrate the warmer weather and eat on the run - no plate required.
With the increase in fast food chains, smaller businesses can sometimes be forgotten but this shouldn't be the case. A traditional fish and chip shop with yummy food and friendly staff is something every suburb needs.
Champion Takeaway at Christies Beach is the perfect example of good old-fashioned service and delicious food.
Walking through the door for the first time recently, we were greeted by friendly staff and the classic smell of salt and potatoey goodness (I think I just made up a word...)
The chips were reasonably priced, the salads looked fresh and the shop was very clean. Looking for a simple meal, we decided to order $6 worth of chips to take to the nearby park so we could eat while our son played.
I was impressed by the amount of chips for the price and found the little touches like paper printed to look like newspaper refreshing and fun.
It was a cooler night when we visited but the customers were still steady and I imagine it would get very busy in summer as it's walking distance to the beach.
Other food on offer includes fish, burgers, potato fritters, fresh salads and all the things you would expect to find at a fish and chip shop. The owners even catch their own flake and have one of the largest shark quotas in Australia.
The shop is open 7 days a week from 11:00am to 8:30pm.