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The Friday fish fry is a Milwaukee staple.

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Milwaukee fish fry guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Feb. 27, 2015 at 3:30 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

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Beer Belly's
512 W. Layton Ave., (414) 481-5520
You can get fish here every day, but Friday's catch is only available, of course, on Fridays. Your choice of a cod fry, baked cod dinner, a codwich, beer battered baby walleye pike, smelt basket, clam strip basket or jumbo shrimp entree.

Brighton Dale Links
830 248th Ave. (Hwy. 75) Kansasville, (262) 925-8005
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!

Cafe Centraal
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
Lowlands Tandem Dubbel bier-battered or potato chip-encrusted cod sh fry,
served with frites, cole slaw, and housemade remoulade. Also available: calamari, fish tacos, mussels and more.

Cafe el Sol
1028 S. 9th St., (414) 384-3100
Hidden in the United Community Center, this is one of Milwaukee's best-kept fish fry secrets. It features cod freshly dunked in a Puerto Rican batter before being served buffet-style alongside salad, beans and rice and various side dishes. The price also includes live entertainment from 6:30 t0 8:30 by Latin bands from Milwaukee or abroad.

The Chancery
4624 S. 27th St., (414) 282-3350
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.

Clifford's Supper Club
10418 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 425-6226
Clifford's famous Friday fish fry doesn't stop at just fish. The Hales Corners eatery also features steaks and chops alongside its seafood selection, plus a relish tray, rolls and a cracker basket. Dinners come with soup, salad and potato. The fish fry is served all day, every day and is always available to-go.

The Country Squire
S72 W16373 Janesville Rd., (262) 422-0140
This is the place to go if you want a salad bar with your fish. You can add that to your battered cod. It's a scrumptious fish fry at a decent price.

Coach's Pub & Grill
5356 S. 13th St., (414) 281-8175
Variety is the name of the game at Coach's Pub & Grill. An all-you-can-eat cod dinner, and there are numerous platters to choose from, featuring perch, blue gill, walleye and just about anything you can imagine. Get buckets of 8-16 pieces with french fries, cole slaw, tartar sauce and rye bread.

Erv's Mug
130 W. Ryan Rd., (414) 762-5010
Erv's is a popular Oak Creek restaurant -- with unbeatable decor -- that fries some of the best fish in the southern suburbs. The portions are large. The place is busy and the patrons are happy.

Fritz's Pub
3086 S. 20th St., (414) 643-6995

This is a casual, friendly South Side pub with three sizes of beer-battered cod, great coleslaw and potato wedges. You can also choose from shrimp offerings and a "fishwich." Prices are reasonable.

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.

Kegel's Inn
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.

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. 76th St., (414) 321-4400
Dig into the fish fry lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oscar's on Pierce
1712 W. Pierce St., (414) 810-1820
Friday's cod fish fry includes coleslaw, Oscar's homemade french fries and rye bread. It's not all-you-can-eat; extra pieces are about $1.

Packard Cafe
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, tater 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.

Serb Hall
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-through. 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-through service is also available on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 p.m.

West Side/Suburbs

Albanese's Roadhouse
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.

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JK27 | May 1, 2014 at 12:52 p.m. (report)

For my money, the New Berlin Ale House, 16000 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, WI has the BEST fish fry in Milwaukee or the surrounding area. Skip the cod (available fried or baked) and go for the Lake Perch. Amazing! Comes with your choice of side (potato pancakes, French fries, salad, vegetable, etc.), cole slaw, rye bread, tartar and lemon. The Lake Perch simply is the best fish fry I've found so far!

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mlwrehwald | Oct. 7, 2013 at 10:54 a.m. (report)

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.

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kja | Feb. 27, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. (report)

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!

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SarahG0926 | Feb. 25, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. (report)

Umm, no there are 5 Fridays left in Lent. Easter is 3-31-13

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hardgeminiguy | Feb. 25, 2013 at 1:08 p.m. (report)

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.

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