Milwaukee's best fish fry, 2007: Lakefront Palm Garden
The votes are in and the winners have been selected for OnMilwaukee's Best: Eat & Drink, 2007. The results of this readers' poll, including an editors' pick, are available in this series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.
Milwaukee is famous for Friday night fish fries, and with so many to choose from, it's amazing that most people still have a top favorite. By a large margin, OnMilwaukee.com readers chose Lakefront Palm Garden as the best place in the city to chow a fish dinner.
The Lakefront fish menu features beer battered cod ($9.95), perch ($12.95), bluegill ($12.95), baked tilapia ($10.95) or a combo platter ($12.95). All of the dinners are served with a choice of fries or potato pancakes, cole slaw and bread and butter.
The food, however, is only a portion of the experience. Diners are seated "family style" at large tables, and entertained by the Brewhaus Polka Kings who gig in lederhosen and strapped with accordions from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Palm Garden fish fry is very popular with families because there's a dance floor where children and adults can dance to live polka ditties mixed with other classic kids' songs like the "Hokey Pokey." It's best to arrive after 6:30 p.m. if you wish to avoid the kid scene.
OnMilwaukee.com editor's choice: Kegel's Inn
2. Serb Hall
3. Turner Hall
4. Kegel's Inn
5. Wegner's St. Martins Inn
6. Slim McGinn's
7. River Lane Inn
9. The Packing House
10. Karl Ratzsch's
11. Fritz's Pub
13. Café El Sol
14. Bavarian Inn
I can't wait to try the Lakefront Palm. I have been to several on the top 10 list and a big thumbs up! With one exception. I don't understand the Serb Hall thing. The last time I was there (last year during lent) it disappointed me to say the least. It lacked a cleanliness and the food at the salad bar looked "left out". I was seriously almost going to walk out. My dad took us there as kids and it was ok then. My return back 25yrs later, awful. On the other hand SLIMS - you have not LIVED until you have had their deep fried lobster! But Lakefront Palm Garden sound perfect to treat my mom to a good fish fry and some polka music...the ole' Polish woman is going to love this. (Not sure if I mean her or me - lol)
Don't go...the fish is terrible (lie)...the Polka Band is too loud (lie) the beer is warm (lie) and the waitstaff is slow and unfriendly (another lie)....Hey....I just don't want the place to be too crowded when I go....
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