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Milwaukee's best fish fry joint, according to readers.

Milwaukee's best fish fry, 2013

For the seventh straight year, October is Dining Month on, presented by the restaurants of Potawatomi. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2013."

As in previous years, readers picked Lakefront Palm Garden and its festive beer hall atmosphere as the city's best spot for a fish fry.

With the Brewhaus Polka Kings setting the mood, the Palm Garden's Fish Fry has become a can't-miss on Friday nights and regularly fills up fast. The family-style seating contributes to the social nature of the experience.

Note: If you have kids or like kids, go early. If you prefer to avoid mini diners, go a little later in the evening. Either way, it's a boat full of Milwaukee fun.

The editors picked The Packing House as their favorite place for a fish fry. editors' choice: The Packing House

2. Serb Hall
3. The Packing House
4. Kegel's Inn
5. Maxie's


AndrewJ | Feb. 3, 2014 at 10:16 a.m. (report)

@hardgeminiguy - you're not missing anything. Was able to get out and try a fish fry somewhere other than my place of Friday evening employment for the first time in over a decade. First place I headed was Lakefront Brewery, solely based on them topping this list every year. Couldn't have been more disappointed. The batter was good, but there was no substance to the fish whatsoever. Received 3 small pieces, and among them did not get one bite of flaky, tender cod. It was all tiny shredded bits, like you'd get if you destroyed the meat inside of a small snow crab leg. Could chalk it up to getting a bad batch I guess... but you'd think at least one piece would have a decent bite. Anywho... Serb Hall up next this week. Hopefully better results! Oh, and for what it's worth, you're not wrong about the noise in there. But if the fish was as advertised, I'd be able to live with it.

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hardgeminiguy | Oct. 11, 2013 at 12:13 p.m. (report)

Too bad. I refuse to go there. The acoustics are so bad which makes the place extremely noisy. Hard to talk across the table. To make matters worse they have live music playing. Why don't they improve the acoustics? If they did, then i will return. I have complained to them about this a couple of years ago, at my last time there. Serb Hall has the best fish fries--Fantastic!

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