America... doesn't have fish and chips shops? Little takeaway shops where you order a scoop of chips, a piece of gurnard and they throw a potato fritter in for free, and hand it over wrapped in white paper and then in newspaper like a square package?
Nope, we don't have that. My nanny is from Belfast, so I know what you are talking about, but you would only get that here at a twee "theme pub" with kitchy decor.
I do live at the beach though, and can tell you that we have two cool things--outside restaurants where you can get all kinds of fresh fried seafood and fries (chips) in paper boats, and we also have drive-in restaurants, where you pull up the car and place your order via a speaker, and then a waitress comes out and attaches a tray with hamburgers, hotdogs, rootbeer floats, and fries to your car window.
I think hot dogs from the street cart might be the equivalent of your fish and chips. We call them "dirty water dogs"!