Who knew a restaurant that only serves fish and chips would gain so much attention? The novelty of The Angry Friar, a double-decker bus parked alongside Curry Hall in the Fry Street area near UNT has not only been the local buzz for the last few months, but has been highlighted in local TV news casts and newspapers.
The bus and restaurant, which is a converted 1961 London Transport Routemaster, is owned by Englishman Dave Wilson. His dream of opening the eatery came to life several months ago.
The fare at The Angry Friar is simple, fish, chips, and hushpuppies. Mr. Wilson also made sure his restaurant was eco-friendly. The cooking oil is converted into biodiesel, and the bus and its generator use biodiesel, as well. Recycle bins are located in front of the bus, and no plastic is used. The food is even served in rolled up newpaper. If you want to leave a tip, you can place it in a slot where it will be donated to a charity, either one to an animal shelter or one to fallen firefighters and policemen.
The Angry Friar uses farm-raised catfish, which is delicious and has a very mild flavor. Salt and malt vinegar are also available.The prices are very reasonable, but only cash is accepted. A serving of fish, chips, and hushpuppies is $4.75.
Currently, seating is limited to a card table and chairs under a nearby tree, but plans are in the works to turn the upstairs portion of the bus into an airconditioned dining room.
The Angry Friar can be found most times of the day in the Fry Street area, but only stays until the fish sells out for the day. You can follow events and updates on the restaurant on its facebook page. To see more pictures of The Angry Friar and its menu, click on the slideshow below.