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The Friday fish fry is a Milwaukee staple.

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Try the fish fry at Hybrid Lounge.

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Try the fish fry at Mo's Irish Pub.

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Try the fish fry at Lakefront Brewery.

Milwaukee fish fry guide




Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Aug. 14, 2013 at 5:01 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, 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.


It's one of Milwaukee's most cherished and distinctive traditions: the Friday fish fry. Go to practically any other city, and they'll have no idea what you're talking about.

The Friday fish fry sprouted out of the city's Catholic community, which forbids the consumption of meat on Fridays during Lent. Plus, it offered a Milwaukee family the chance to go out to dinner without blowing a lot of cash on steak.

Most places in town have fish fries, and this guide couldn't possibly cover them all; but after much searching, asking and eating, here are some of the best places in the city to catch a fish fry.

And, as always, if we've forgotten your favorite or if you're willing to share your hidden gem ... share it with others by posting a Talkback below.

Downtown area/East Side

Bar Louie
1114 N. Water St., (414) 847-1492
barlouieamerica.com
Bar Louie serves up their Drunken Fish & Chips seven nights a week. Enjoy beer-battered fish, tartar sauce and tasty seasoned fries.

Black Rose Irish Pub
2856 N. Oakland Ave. (414) 763-6526
blackrosemilwaukee.com
The Black Rose Irish Pub on Oakland Ave. serves Fish & Chips as part of their specialties menu. Lightly battered fish fillets are served with coleslaw and fries.

Buck Bradley's
1019 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 224-8500
buckbradleys.com
Tasty baked or breaded cod fish fry, great sides and one of the longest bars east of the Mississippi.

Cafe Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
cafebenelux.com

Lowlands Tandem Dubbel bier-battered or potato chip-encrusted cod sh fry,
served with frites, cole slaw, and housemade remoulade. Also available: calamari, mahi mahi tacos, shrimp, salmon salad and more.

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366

cafehollander.com
This East Side establishment offers a range of fish fry selections during Lent. 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.

Hooligan's
2017 E. North Ave., 414-273-5230
hooliganssuperbar.com
On Friday guest have a choice of cod, lake perch or walleye with the option of making it a dinner or sandwich. All dinners are served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, marble rye bread and your choice of french fries, fresh fruit or homemade potato pancakes.

Hi-Hat
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 225-9330
hihatlounge.com
Hi-Hat is a place you might not first think of when you think fish fry, but Hi-Hat fries 'em up right and with a slight twist, from open to close every Friday night. Battered cod or Milwaukee-style fried perch, coleslaw, marble rye, fries and caper mayo make for a yummy combo. Or you can try a fish sammie or Lake perch tacos.

Karl Ratzsch's
320 E. Mason St., (414) 276-2720
karlratzsch.com
Every Friday during Lent, come to Karl Ratzsch's for Sprecher Beer-battered haddock with creamy coleslaw and a choice of potato.

Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden
1872 N. Commerce St., (414) 273-8300
lakefrontbrewery.com
The favorite of OnMilwaukee.com readers, Lakefront has one of the city's most unique fish fries. The Palm Garden offers a choice of cod, perch, bluegill, tilapia, shrimp (or a combo platter) and a choice of French fries or potato pancakes, cole slaw, applesauce and rye bread, from 4 until 9 p.m. A lovely setting on the river, polka music and tours of the brewery also are available.

Major Goolsby's
340 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 271-3414
Serving the Milwaukee traditional fish fry only on Fridays, Goolsby's offers their guests breaded Icelandic cod filets with coleslaw and french fries. They additionally serve a sandwich on a bun with lettuce and tomato.

Mason Street Grill
425 E. Mason St., (414) 298-3131
masonstreetgrill.com
If you love your Friday fish fries too much for just one helping, stop by Mason Street Grill for their lunch and dinner special, which includes Great Lakes walleye, homemade tartar sauce coleslaw, fries and best of all, half-off seconds. Mason Street Grill's amber special also makes for a wallet-friendly way to wash it all down.

METRO
411 E. Mason St., (414) 225-3270
hotelmetro.com/dining/cafe-metro

Located in Hotel Metro, the Milwaukee-Style Fish Fry is served from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. every Friday and features battered or broiled Alaskan cod or pan-fried Canadian perch. Accompanied by rye bread, tartar sauce, and coleslaw.

Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
millertimepub.com
Miller Time Pub welcomes their guests to try the famous Milwaukee fish fry tradition seven days a week. Their entree includes Miller beer battered haddock served with dill tartar, three cabbage coleslaw, potato pancakes, and apple sauce.

Milwaukee Ale House
233 N. Water St
., (414) 276-2337
ale-house.com
The suds haven in the Third Ward offers a year-round fish fry that's popular with customers. Take your pick of cod or walleye.

Milwaukee Beer Bistro
2730 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 562-5540
milwaukeebeerbistro.com

The new bar and grill, which was once home to Rio West Cantina, will be serving beer battered cod and locally raised baked trout.

Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8709
milwaukeebrathouse.com
Even the brat house is serving fish on Fridays! Stop in for their three pieces of fresh cod, coleslaw, rye bread and tartar sauce - a classic fish fry.

Milwaukee Sail Loft
649 E. Erie St., (414) 223-010
milwaukeesailloft.com
The Sail Loft offers a different twist on the classic fish fry by creating Schlitz-battered Alaskan Cod or Sweetwater organic breaded perch ,both available fried or broiled. Entrees are served with parmesan fries, cole slaw, creamy homemade tartar sauce and buttered rye bread.

Mo's Irish Pub
720 N. Plankinton Ave., (414) 272-0720
mosirishpub.com
Mo's serves their Irish classic fish and chips all year round. Entrée comes with golden brown, beer-battered Atlantic cod served with seasoned french fries, tangy tartar sauce and homemade coleslaw.

Motor
210 W. Canal St., (414) 287-2773
motorrestaurant.com

There's nothing more Milwaukee than a Harley and a fish fry. Head to the Harley-Davidson Museum's own Motor for an all-day Wisconsin Fish Fry featuring beer-battered fish served with fries, coleslaw and cornbread.

Old German Beer Hall
1009 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 226-2728
oldgermanbeerhall.com

Served every Friday, you get a half-pound of cod, with Hofbrau beer batter along with fries, bread and coleslaw.

Potawatomi Hotel + Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (800) 729-7244
paysbig.com/dining
In the heart of the Menomonee Valley, Potawatomi's Buffet has a marvelous all-you-can-eat fish fry buffet with everything from beer-battered cod to crab legs, with coleslaw, potato pancakes, applesauce and German potato salad on the side. Dream Dance Steak also has a Friday night fish fry, served with fresh fish and tarragon slaw.

Stonefly Brewery
735 E. Center St., (414) 212-8910
stoneflybrewery.com

With a kitchen more than a couple years in the making, Stonefly's food has most certainly caught up to their beer. Serving healthy and fresh versions of bar food, Stonefly has added a Friday fish fry with a choice of cod, perch and a pretzel crusted smelt.

Stack'd
170 S. 1st St., (414) 273-7800

stackedbar.com
Sure, Stack'd is a burger bar but it serves some creative fish too. From champagne-battered walleye to tempura cod, the selection changes weekly and offers something for everybody. Stack'd serves up fish fries from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Trinity
125 E. Juneau Ave. (414) 278-7033
trinitythreeirishpubs.com
Trinity, just off the Water Street bar strip, serves lightly battered fish fillets with fries and coleslaw seven days a week.

Trocadero
1758 N. Water St., (414) 272-0205

ztrocadero.com
Same recipe as Cafe Hollander, but available only on Fridays during Lent. 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, shrimp and more.

Water Street Brewery
1101 N. Water St. (414) 272-0406
waterstreetbrewery.com
The Water Street Brewery offers fish specials every Friday. The specials include 1/2 pound of battered cod, fries, cole slaw, rye bread and homemade tartar sauce. You can substitute the fries for potato pancakes for about a buck extra. The popular Downtown location also offers a perch fry that includes all of the traditional sides, as well as cod that's baked with a white wine cream sauce that's served with vegetables and white rice for a few dollars more.

South/Southwest Side

Amelia's
724 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-0345
All-you-can-eat cod or smelt comes with cole slaw, rye bread and tartar sauce. Try other dinners like a fish sandwich with french fries or 1 lb. of lake perch.

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
golfbrightondale.com
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
cafecentraal.com
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
unitedcc.org
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
thechancery.com
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
cliffordsfinefood.com
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
coachspubngrill.com
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
ervsmug.com
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
graingersbar.com
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
hghideaway.com
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.

Hybrid Lounge
707 E. Brady St., (414) 810-1809
hybridlounge.net
Hybrid offers a blue gill or cod fish fry that's breaded, baked or beer battered in Riverwest Stein. Served with rye bread from Sciortino Bakery, cole slaw and a choice of waffle fries, salad or tater tots.

Klemmer's Banquet Center
10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 541-9190
klemmersbanquetcenter.com
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
lakecityrestaurant.com
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 St., (414) 321-4400
meyersrestaurantandbar.com
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
oscarsonpierce.com
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
packinghousemke.com
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
petrifyingspringsgolf.com
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!

Rocco'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.

Scotty's
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
americanserbhall.com
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
albanesesroadhouse.com
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
athensfamilyrestaurant.com
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
balistreris.com
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
brookfieldfamilyrestaurant.com
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.

Brewski's Sports Club
304 N. 76th St., (414) 475-0500
facebook.com/Brewskissc/info
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.

The Chancery
2100 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 549-1720
7615 W. State St., Wauwatosa (414) 453-2300
thechancery.com
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.

Cafe Hollander
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771
cafehollander.com
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.

Cafe Bavaria
7700 Hartwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 271-7700
cafebavaria.com

Cafe Bavaria in Wauwatosa serves Lake Erie white perch served with fries, remoulade, whole grain toast and bacon-apple slaw every Friday.

Historic Red Mill
1005 S. Elm Grove Rd., Brookfield, (262) 641-8120
historicredmill.com
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
jimmysislandgrill.com
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.

Kegel's Inn
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999
kegelsinn.com
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
kokopellispub.com
Served from 3 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.

McBob's
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
mcbobs.com

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
openhearthinwauwatosa.com
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
facebook.com/PaintedParrot
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
pauliespubandeatery.com
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.

Ray's Butcher Shop
4640 W. Loomis Rd. Greenfield, (414) 423-1322
raysbutchershoppe.com
Ray's offers various different Friday fish options that are all carry out orders. Dinners include three, six or 12-piece Icelandic haddock, lake perch dinner, jumbo shrimp, jumbo scallops, baked cod and combination dinners. All dinners include tartar or seafood sauce, coleslaw, rolls, french or steak fries and choice of one of the homemade soups of the day.

Randy's Neighbor's Inn
6922 W. Becher St., West Allis, (414) 545-8738
Come to this 20-year standing neighborhood tavern for a classic Milwaukee fish fry, prepared by Randy himself. Serving all-you-can-eat fish, including potato salad or french fries, coleslaw and rye bread.

Saz's State House
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
sazs.com
Entering its fourth decade of service, Saz's is known for its fish fry as well as the ribs. Cod or perch, baked or fried, and rounded out with onion rings, coleslaw and rye bread. Fantastic.

Ted's
6204 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 258-5610
Ted's has been a Tosa staple since 1942. Also known for breakfasts and ice cream, they offers a basic fish fry of cod or pike, with potato pancakes, coleslaw and rye bread on the side.

Gasthaus
2720 N. Grandview Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 544-4460
weissbergers.com/gasthaus

Set in the Weissgerber's Gasthaus on the corner of Highway T and Silvernail Road in Waukesha, this fish fry is full of old-world German charm. The meal begins with salty-crusted rye bread, homemade potato salad and cole slaw, then continues with homemade potato pancakes, apple sauce, french fries and your choice of batter-fried Icelandic Cod or walleye. The fish is also available baked, which is equally delicious. Accompanied by the wide selection of German and local brews, Gasthaus offers up this Friday night tradition for dine-in or carry-out.

North/Northwest Side/Suburbs

Butler Inn
12400 W. Hampton Ave., (262) 783-5899
thebutlerinn.com

The Butler Inn has a whole Friday menu with a wide selection of fish - everything from fresh lake perch to beer-battered cod and shrimp combos.

The Chancery
11046 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-3450
thechancery.com
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.

Devon's Seafood Grill
5715 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale, (414) 967-9790
devonseafood.com
Located in the center courtyard of Bayshore Town Center, Devon's serves fish everyday of the week. But their specialty Friday fish fry offers a fresh (never frozen) haddock with coleslaw, french fries and a mango tartar sauce. It also comes with a cup of soup or side salad.

Harry's Bar & Grill
3549 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 964-6800
harrysbarandgrillmilwaukee.com
A popular East Side spot that offers beer battered cod, rye bread, coleslaw and waffle fries on Friday only.

Hubbard Park Lodge
3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood, (414) 332-4207
hubbardlodge.com

The perfect family friend fish fry is located in a beautiful park along the Milwaukee River inside the Hubbard Park Lodge. Secluded and private, yet centrally located, the lodge is just that, a lodge, with two floors of seating, a huge fire place and plenty of room for polka, bubbles and dancing. Cod, perch, blue gill, tilapia and shrimp are the main offers but a full menu and bar make this a great stop any Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Served with choice of french fries or potato pancakes, cole slaw, applesauce and rye bread.

Oakcrest Tavern
4022 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 967-0222
oakcresttavern.com
Oakcrest Tavern offers a traditional Friday-night fish fry featuring cod (battered or baked), walleye and perch, served with the usual creamy slaw, rye bread, and choice of potato.

Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
1319 E. Henry Clay St., Whitefish Bay, (414) 964-3800
jackpandls.com
Each dinner includes a dinner roll, salad, coleslaw, potato or vegetables. Choose from perch, whitefish (broiled or fried), cod and potato-crusted cod.

Shully's Cuisine & Events
146 Green Bay Rd., Thiensville, (262)
242-6633
shullyscuisine.com
Shully's Cuisine & Events is hosting a non-traditional fish fry experience on Friday, April 18 (Good Friday). Shully's will open their door to the public for "Flight Night" where chefs will prepare and serve a multi-course of meatless fish and seafood dinner paired with hand-crafted, artisanal beers. Reservations are required and limited.

Silver Spring House
6655 N. Green Bay Rd., (414) 352-3920
silverspringhouse.net
Silver Spring House has an all-you-can eat cod fish fry every Friday. Served with french fries, onion rings, or a baked potato. It also offers lake perch, poor man's lobster and grilled salmon.

Three Lions Pub
4515 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 763-6992
threelionspub.com
If you're looking for a more "across-the-pond"-influenced fish fry experience, check out this pub (owned and operated by two Englishmen) that's famous for its "fish and chips" in newsprint. Daily fish specials are offered during Lent. The menu offers a "Wisconsin Fish and Chips" featuring fried Wisconsin bluegill with chips (sorry, fries), coleslaw and rye bread.

Way Out There

The Golden Mast
W349 N5253 Lacy's Lane, Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
weissgerbers.com
The Golden Mast has super high-quality fish – mostly cod – potato pancakes, coleslaw, bread and attentive service. Early bird specials are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. featuring all-you-can-eat cod. Guests are treated to live music from 7 to 11 p.m.

Juice's Ghost Town
990 County Hwy Q, Grafton, (262) 376-9003
juicesghostown.com
Just off exit 93 on I-43, Juice's is one of only five remaining structures from the ghost town of Ulao, where present-day Grafton is. And their Friday fish fry can't be beat. Eat at the bar or in the dining room - either way, it will be delicious.

The Mineshaft
22 N. Main St., Hartford, (262) 673-5416
mineshaftrestaurant.com

The Mineshaft is a gigantic place and serves up a delicious all-you-can-eat fish fry on Wednesday and Friday nights all year long.

M.J. Stevens
5260 Aurora Rd., Hartford, (262) 644-6037
mj-stevens.com

M.J. Stevens is wildly popular with the far-far-far Northwest Side crowd. The homemade fish fry served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. draws from miles around.

Riverside Brewery & Restaurant
255 S. Main St., West Bend (262) 334 - 2739
riversidebreweryandrestaurant.com
If you prefer your fish fry to be award-winning, check out the Riverside Brewery & Restaurant's Wednesday and Friday fish fry, voted Best Fish Fry of Washington County in 2012. Choose from North Atlantic breaded cod, baked cod, Canadian Walleye, Lake Perch or fried shrimp, all with coleslaw, rye bread and homemade tartar sauce, plus your choice of potato.

Todd's Grill
164 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc (262) 567-6023
todds-grill.com
Served 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, you can't miss Todd's family-style fish fry, featuring cod, bluegill and perch. Served with potato salad, coleslaw with bacon, and fresh rye bread.

Everywhere

George Webb
41 locations in Southeastern Wisconsin

georgewebb.com

In February 2008, Webb added a lake perch fish fry that's available 24/7. It comes with french fries, cole slaw and rye bread and the fish comes straight from the Great Lakes.

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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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