Milwaukee fish fry guide
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Grainger's Pub & Grill
3400 W. Loomis Rd., (414) 282-9917
Friday's catch includes beer-breaded cod, baked walleye and hand-breaded shrimp, among other dishes. All come with coleslaw, fries or potato pancakes and rye bread.
Horny Goat Hideaway
2011 S. 1st St., (414) 482-4628
Stop in for Horny Goat's fried cod or perch or their baked cod with tarragon butter. All fish fry entrees are served with apple coleslaw, rye bread, potato pancakes and homemade apple sauce.
Klemmer's Banquet Center
10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 541-9190
Known in the area as the go-to banquet center for weddings and funeral luncheons, Klemmer's also serves a mean year-round fish fry that includes haddock, fried perch, pike, slaw, choice of potato, cucumber salad and rye bread.
Lake City Restaurant and Lounge
5105 Howell Ave., (414) 831-3659
You better come hungry when you stop in here. Lake City offers all-you-can-eat beer battered or baked cod and endless soup and salad bar. In addition they have other menu fish choices such as pretzel crusted bluegill, almond crusted tilapia or blackened catfish.
Meyer's Restaurant and Bar
4260 S. 71st Street., (414) 321-4400
Dig into the fish fry lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5921 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy, (414) 481-0890
This cafe starts serving fish early, from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. They offer a cod fish fry served with french fries and the choice of soup or salad.
The Packing House
900 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-5054
The Packing House offers a terrific fish fry, baked or fried, with all the sides. Like Serb Hall, it also offers a drive-through service. Just look for the traffic spilling onto Layton Avenue (but remember, it's cash-only for the drive-thru!).
Petrifying Springs Golf Course
4909 7th St. (Hwy. A), Kenosha, (262) 925-8001
Every Friday of the year, from 1 to 8 p.m., enjoy beer-battered cod, jumbo shrimp, bluegill butterflies and walleye fillet served with all the fixin's!
2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., 414-483-0677
Their Friday fish fry has also extend to Wednesday fish fry, where on both nights they are serving up eight ounce Corona battered or baked cod, served with the potato choice of kettle chips, tarter tots or french fries, coleslaw and rye bread with butter.
3921 S. Clement Ave., (414) 481-6060
You can choose from big helpings of beer-battered or breaded cod or perch. All come with homemade coleslaw, rye bread and your choice of potato pancakes, fries or seasoned baked potatoes.
5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 545-6030
Serb Hall often claimed to have the best fish fry in the city. It features fried and baked cod and perch; but expect a long wait before partaking in this local favorite. For service in your car, try the drive-thru. But get there early: the line can snake along Oklahoma Avenue all the way down past 48th, 47th or even 46th Street on the busiest nights. The drive-thru is also available on Wednesdays 4-8 p.m.
2301 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha, (262) 785-1930
Waukesha natives rave about this place, with good reason. Conveniently located near shopping on Bluemound, and the Marcus Majestic movie theater complex. The fish is a little on the pricier side, but you get a side of pasta, bread and a tossed salad.
Athens Family Restaurant
5547 N. Lovers Lane Rd., (414) 462-3950
Wednesdays and Fridays, this all-you-can-eat fish fry is served at lunch and dinner with a salad, bread, dessert and beer.
Balistreri's Bluemound Inn
6501 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 258-9881
Nothing fancy here. Just solid, beer-battered cod fried to a bright gold and served with tartar sauce, fries, rye bread and lemon.
Brookfield Family Restaurant
18000 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield, (262) 792-1180
This family-owned restaurant offers a good, old-fashioned example of big helpings for a small price. They offer fried fish year-round with a baked cod special on Fridays. You can upgrade to all-you-can-eat for a small charge.
11703 W. Blue Mound Rd., (414) 771-3000
This area staple straddles Brookfield and Tosa and offers an extensive selection of fish. Choose from Alaskan cod, baked haddock, broiled tilapia, lake perch or fried catfish, all reasonably-priced.
Brewski's Sports Club
304 N. 76th St., (414) 475-0500
Brewski's, just south of Bluemound Road, offers a popular all-you-can-eat fish fry featuring perch or walleye that comes with potato pancakes, fries, bread and cole slaw.
2100 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 549-1720
7615 W. State St., Wauwatosa (414) 453-2300
You can count on any Chancery location to serve up a traditional Wisconsin fish fry seven nights a week, offering their fried and breaded cod with tartar sauce, rye bread, slaw, tartar sauce and their famous waffle fries. It's delicious - and the price ain't half bad, either.
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771
The Tosa Village location offers the same menu as the Downer Avenue establishment. From sauteed seafood tacos to wild-caught grilled salmon, there's something for everyone - or you can opt for the regular cod fish fry served with frites, cole slaw, malted rye bread and homemade remoulade.
Fattoni's Italian/American Deli
7212 W. North Ave, Wauwatosa, (414) 479-9840
Chef Tony Mandella, formerly of Cafe Siciliano in Mequon, focuses on fresh ingredients and simple entrees. This carry-out deli offers their Friday Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during Lent. Available in just 15 minutes if you pre-order, you can get 8 oz of cod for $10.95 accompanied by redskin potatoes, coleslaw with red onions and red pepper, caper-dill tartar sauce and marble rye bread.
Historic Red Mill
1005 S. Elm Grove Rd., Brookfield, (262) 641-8120
Their famous Friday fish fry is available for lunch, too. Enjoy cod and perch meals with kids' options offered.
Jimmy's Island Grill
2303 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 837-2121
Come to the newest kid on the Tosa block for an island-themed fish fry. Jimmy's serves cod and grouper, grilled, blackened or fried, until 11 p.m.
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999
The wait is long, but worth it. This old-style corner tavern offers fast service and incredible fish along with other German specialties. Try the potato pancakes. Featured in no less than Saveur magazine a few years back.
Kokopelli's Pub & Grub
6001 W. Madison St., West Allis, (414) 476-8788
Served from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., this traditional-style fish fry offers carry-outs and an early bird special for seniors. Regular menu selections include traditional cod, walleye, lake perch, baked cod loins, shrimp, blackened tilapia, or a combination of two or three! Comes with a choice of soup or salad.
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
Served beginning at 11 a.m., going all night (usually till about 10 p.m.), McBob's boasts rotating specials weekly but consistently offers perch, walleye and grouper, pan-fried with a choice of potato.
The Open Hearth Restaurant
2930 N. 117th St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-0839
This warm, inviting spot has been a West Side staple for more than 38 years. Though it's known for outstanding roast duck and prime rib dinners, the restaurant also serves a great fish fry. Among the many choices: fresh pike, lake perch and Icelandic haddock, all battered or broiled.
The Painted Parrot
8028 W. National Ave., West Allis, (414) 257-1012
This establishment across from State Fair Park takes an island twist on the traditional Wisconsin fish fry by serving it to you on a garbage can lid. The cod is served with rye bread, coleslaw and choice of fries, potato pancakes, smashed potatoes or homemade chips in a festive, Caribbean atmosphere.
Paulie's Pub & Eatery
8031 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 257-2854
Paulie's serves cod and fresh lake perch with fries, potatoes or homemade potato pancakes. The all-you-can eat option includes all-you-can-eat sides.
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Take a 20 minute drive from downtown MKE for a fish fry you will never forget. Sportsman's Landing on Wind Lake has baked cod that tastes better than lobster and a Surf n Turf special that adds a slab of prime rib. Delicious! Sportsman's has a vintage sportsbar vibe with a nice wine and craft beer list. Its at 25313 W Loomis Rd on the north shore of Wind Lake.
So the Cedar Beach Inn located in Belgium is a bit of a drive for me, but this place has become my go-to fish fry spot. We always start with their Homemade Clam Chowder soup - absolutely delish! My husband's favorite entree is the Fish Pottage, a broth based dish with parsnips, rutabaga, turnips, small red potatoes and a bunch of other vegetables topped with poached haddock . A good dose of daily veggies but what a tasty way to get them! My personal favorite has a little bit of everything, the Combo Platter which is served with breaded cod, baked haddock and 3 fried butterfly shrimp and homemade potato pancakes. Try it and you won't be disappointed!
Umm, no there are 5 Fridays left in Lent. Easter is 3-31-13
Why are there fish fry prices for some but not ALL restaurants? This does not serve your readers well. seems like sloppy reasoning at best.
Where was this list 2 weeks ago? Only one Friday left in Lent.
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