For cheap comfort food, fish and chips is fitting. We enjoyed this meal with Speight's beers a few times on our New Zealand trip. We usually got it as a take away item, meaning "to go" and to be eaten at home. It's hot, filling, and satisfying. John Dory seems to be my favorite fish for fish and chips, but their are competing views on which local fish makes is best.
I love all that starch and grease, tampered by vinegary sides of ketchup and home made plum sauce. There's never any leftovers, and almost forty dollars feeds four adults with healthy appetites and two kids.
My cousin Gabrielle worked at the same take away spot that her Dad did, forty years ago. I like hearing about that sort of history for their small town. Their roles were different: she usually rang folks up and scooped ice cream; he filleted and cooked fish and chips.