By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Dec 03, 2021 at 2:36 PM Photography: Lori Fredrich

The Friday night fish fry is one of Milwaukee's most cherished and distinctive traditions. It's also happens to be a great way to support local restaurants. 

In an effort to assist you in getting your fix, we've pulled together a guide of some of the best fish fries around town and beyond. 

Important to note: Due to supply chain issues and budget constraints, menus at given venues may be subject to change. Please double check offerings and operational hours before you order online or pay a visit.

Remember: Be safe. Be kind. And tip generously.

 A fish fry marked with this symbol has been reviewed by Lori Fredrich as part of her Thank Cod It's Fryday series.

Where do you want to find a fish fry?

Churches & Centers
Downtown/East Side
North/Northwest Side/Suburbs
South/Southwest Side
West Side/Suburbs
Worth the Drive

Multiple Locations

Churches & Centers

Most churches and organizations offer fish fry during the Lenten season; so be sure to check with each organization before you go during other times of the year.


American Legion Post 434
9327 S. Shephard Ave., Oak Creek, (414) 762-9660

American Legion Post 449
3245 N. 124 St., Brookfield, (262) 781-0488
post449.com

Cafe El Sol
United Community Center
1028 S. 9th St., (414) 384-3100
unitedcc.org

Holy Family Catholic Church
4825 N. Wildwood Ave., Whitefish Bay, (414) 332-8175
hfparishschool.org

Polish Center of Wisconsin 
6941 S. 68th St. (414) 529-2140
polishcenterofwisconsin.org

St. Anthony on the Lake
W280 N2101 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee, (262) 691-1173
stanthony.cc

St. Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church
2530 S. Howell Ave.,  Bay View  (414) 481-3242
staugies.org

St. Bernadette Parish 
8200 W. Denver Ave., Milwaukee (414) 358-4600
stbweb.net

St. Florian Parish
1215 S. 45th St., Milwaukee (414) 383-3565
stflorian.org

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
8500 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield, (414) 321-1965
stjohns-grfd.org

St. Stephen Catholic Church
1441 W. Oakwood Road, Oak Creek, (414) 762-0552
saintstephenmil.org

Downtown/East Side

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

Fish fry options include specials like crispy walleye with slaw, remoulade and frites.

Central Waters Brewery & Tap Room
Featuring Dairyland Old Fashioned Hamburgers

1037 W. Juneau Ave., (414) 531-5772
ilovedairyland.com

Head to Central Waters Brewing on Friday and you'll find a good old fashioned fish fry created by the folks from Dairyland. Indulge in three pieces of hand-battered wild Alaskan cod alongside fries, buttermilk coleslaw, tartar sauce and marble rye.  Pair it up with a great Central Waters brew and it's a Friday for the books.

City.Net Cafe
306 E Wisconsin Ave., (414) 336-1723
facebook.com/citynetjazzcafe
Looking for a fish fry for lunch? Head Downtown for the Southern style fry at City.Net. Meals include fried catfish (two or four pieces) with your choice of two sides and bread 

Club Charlie's
320 E. Menomonee St., (414) 763-8548
Clubcharlies.com

Club Charlie's fish fry includes three pieces of beer-batterd cod with fries, rye bread, homemade coleslaw and tartar sauce.

Company Brewing
735 E. Center St.
(414) 930-0909
companybrewing.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Company's fish fry features breaded perch, buttered rye toast, hand cut slaw, tartar sauce and french fries or potato pancakes. Be sure to order some beer to enjoy alongside.

County Clare
1234 N. Astor St., (414) 272-5273

Countyclare-inn.com

County Clare’s fish fry includes fresh cut cod, pub fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce.

 Explorium Brewpub
143 W. St. Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365
exploriumbrew.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday Review]

Enjoy Explorium's fish & chips with beer-battered Atlantic cod with fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce any day of the week. On Fridays, there's also breaded perch or baked cod served with  tartar sauce, creamy coleslaw, rye bread and your choice of fries or potato pancakes.

Good City Brewing
2108 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 539-4343

Goodcitybrewing.com

Good City offers their Pils-battered cod with fries, tartar sauce and coleslaw. Pair it up with a Good City Brew and your Milwaukee Friday is complete. 

Hacienda Beer Co.
2018 E. North Ave., (414) 296-7200
haciendabeerco.com

Enjoy Hacienda's deliciously different ancho-beer battered perch served up with remoulade, Brussels sprouts slaw and fries. It's the perfect pairing for a pint (or growler to go) of Hacienda beer!

The Knick
1030 E. Juneau Ave., (414) 272-0011
Theknickrestaurant.com

The Knick offers a cod or perch fry with steak fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and a salted rye baguette.

Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall
1872 N. Commerce St., (414) 292-0808
lakefrontbrewery.com

Lakefront's famous fish fry includes beer-battered cod loins, creamy coleslaw, house-made tartar sauce, a lemon wedge and choice of side.

Major Goolsby's
340 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 271-3414
majorgoolsbys.com

On Fridays, Goolsby's is serving up their traditional breaded cod with coleslaw and fries. 

Miller Time Pub
509 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 271-2337
millertimepub.com

Miller Time Pub welcomes guests to try the famous Milwaukee fish fry tradition seven days a week. The entree includes Miller High Life beer-battered cod served with coleslaw, tartar sauce and French fries.

Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8709
milwaukeebrathouse.com

Enjoy Schlitz beer-battered cod served with house French fries, rye bread, tarter sauce and coleslaw.

MOTOR
400 W. Canal St., (
414) 287-2778
motorrestaurant.com

Enjoy beer-battered cod served with crispy French fries, jicama slaw, Rye bread, and tartar sauce.

Newsroom Pub
137 E. Wells St., (414) 249-4090
newsroompub.com

Stop by the Newsroom every Friday for headline-worthy beer-battered cod served alongside fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce.

Oak Barrel Public House
1033 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8320

Oakbarrelmilwaukee.com

On Fridays Oak Barrel Public House serves up their special whiskey battered cod with fries and slaw. Pair it with your favorite whiskey or one of their craft brews.

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

The fish fry at the Old German Beer Hall is Hofbrau beer-battered and served with fries, lemon, rye bread and coleslaw. 

Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-900
redlionpubmke.com

In keeping with the pub's British theme, you can get English fish 'n' chips every day at Red Lion, along with house-seasoned walleye topped with citrus cream sauce and served with a potato pancake croquette, coleslaw and apple sauce.

Riverwest Filling Station
701 E. Keefe Ave., (414) 906-9000
The-filling-station.com

On Fridays, Riverwest Filling Station offers beer-battered cod with house-made tartar sauce, coleslaw, and marble rye and a choice of one side.

SafeHouse
779 N. Front St., (414) 271-2007
safe-house.com

Even spies love fish fries. Get yours at the SafeHouse where they serve up beer-battered cod that's secretly served with French fries, coleslaw and Top Gun tartar sauce.  On Fridays you can also score a small fish bowl drink for $5.  Top secret intel: The SafeHouse fish fry isn't just for Fridays; in fact, it's available every day of the week.

Smoke Shack
332 N Milwaukee St., (414) 431-1119
smoke-shack.com

Smoke Shack's Friday Fish fry includes beer battered cod, coleslaw, waffle fries and a housemade tartar sauce (family meals also available). Feeling a little meaty? The Third Ward barbeque joint also offers a surf and turf take-out box featuring smoked brisket.

SportClub
 750 N. Jefferson St., (414) 808-1588
sportclubmke.com

Every Friday in Lent, SportClub offers Guinness battered cod, haystack onions and fresh house-made coleslaw; served with house tartar sauce, warm rye bread and fries.

St. Paul Fish Company
400 N. Water St. (414) 220-8383
stpaulfish.com

If there's one place in town that knows fish, it's St. Paul Fish Company in the Milwaukee Public Market. And it serves a fine fish fry to boot. Choose from Schlitz battered cod or shrimp, grouper, walleye or catfish paired with fries and coleslaw. Or treat yourself to the live Maine lobster dinner for under $20 every day.

Stubby's Gastrogrub & Beer Bar
2060 N. Humboldt Blvd., (414) 763-6324

stubbysgastrogrub.com

Stubby's fish fry options include beer battered cod and breaded blue gill; both come with beer-battered fries, coleslaw, rye bread and tartar sauce.  

 Swingin' Door Exchange
219 E Michigan St. (414) 276-8891
swingindoorexchange.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

The Swingin' Door fry features Icelandic cod, perch or shrimp, plus all the usual goods.

Tess
2499 N. Bartlett Ave., (414) 964-TESS (8377)
tess2499.com

Tess’s Friday night fry includes tempura battered tilapia or panko breaded lake perch with sweet potato fries, crunchy Asian coleslaw, buttered marble rye bread, house made ketchup & tartar sauce, and lemon.

The Tracks Tavern & Grill
1020 E. Locust St., (414) 562-2020
trackstavernmilwaukee.org

On Wednesdays and Fridays this Riverwest spot serves up your choice of fried pollack, perch or shrimp served up with tartar or cocktail sauce, coleslaw, lemon wedge, rye bread, and your choice of fries or tots.

Trinity
125 E. Juneau Ave. (414) 278-7033
trinitythreeirishpubs.com

Trinity, just off the Water Street bar strip, serves lightly battered cod filets with fries and coleslaw seven days a week. 

 Victor's
1230 N Van Buren St., (414) 272-2522
victorsonvanburen.com
[
Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Enjoy baked or battered cod or perch served with with coleslaw, tartar sauce, lemon wedges and freshly baked round of loaf country white bread and butter. You can also choose from fries, cheesy hash browns or baked potato.

 Von Trier
2235 N. Farwell Ave.
(414) 272-1775
vontriers.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

This classic East Side beer hall is a great spot for German brews. But on Friday night you'll also find Haufbrau Haus Friesing Jagerbier battered cod with coleslaw, rye bread, tartar sauce, lemon and a choice of potato pancakes, fries or house chips. There's also paprika baked cod available with all the fixins.

Who's on Third
1007 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 897-8373

Whosonthirdmke.com

Who's on Third's classic fish fry features Riverwest Stein battered cod, fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce.

South/Southwest Side

 68th Street Pub
6800 W. Layton Ave.
(414) 282-9944
68thstreetpub.com

[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

This no-frills South Side pub serves up fish fry on both Wednesdays and Fridays. Options include beer battered cod or walleye, breaded shrimp, breaded coconut shrimp, breaded catfish or numerous combination plates. Each comes with buttered marble rye bread, a choice of potato (French fries, potato salad or potato pancakes) and coleslaw. 

Amelia’s
724 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-0345
amelias.foodspot.com

At Amelia's you can order up cod or smelt with coleslaw, rye bread and tartar sauce. There's also shrimp, perch or walleye. Potato pancakes are also available.

 Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr., Muskego (414) 377-9449
bassbaybrewhouse.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Bass Bay's classic Wisconsin fish fry is available every day and includes hand-breaded Atlantic cod served with tartar sauce, fries, marbled rye with Wisconsin butter and house made coleslaw. On Fridays, you can also enjoy specials like pan-fried walleye, shrimp, poor man's lobster and cod oscar.

The Bosch Tavern
5871 S. 108th St., Hales Corners (414) 427-1400
theboschtavern.com

Enjoy beer-battered haddock, baked haddock or the Bosch haddock fish boil. Sides include marble rye, coleslaw, tartar sauce and skin-on fries. 

 The Brass Tap
7808 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, (414) 301-4054
brasstapbeerbar.com/greenfield
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Craft beer? Check. Fish fry? Check. Here you can choose from beer battered or baked cod, beer battered perch, or a fried combo platter featuring two pieces of beer-battered perch, one piece of cod and six beer-battered shrimp. Each comes with coleslaw, lightly buttered marble rye and a choice of sides including fries, waffle fries, potato pancakes, macaroni and cheese, salad, housemade tater tots or hushpuppies.

 Brewtown Eatery
5121 W. Howard Ave., (414) 321-3900

brewtowneatery.com
[
Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Deep fried cod, perch and bluegill are all on offer along with potato pancakes and coleslaw.

Centraal  Grand Cafe &  Tappery
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
cafecentraal.com

On Fridays, Centraal offers fried haddock is served with frites, coleslaw, lemon and tartar sauce. Additional fish dishes are also available.

Clifford's Supper Club
10418 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 425-6226
cliffordsfinefood.com

When it comes to fish fry at Cliffords, you have options.  Their famous fish fry featuring battered Icelandic cod, French fries, rye bread, rolls, coleslaw, and tartar sauce is available every day in the dining room or for carry-out.  On Fridays, they also serve their all-you-can-eat fish in their dining hall. Reservations are highly recommended.

The Country Squire Supper Club
S72 W16373 Janesville Rd., (262) 422-0140
facebook.com/CountrySquireSupperClub

Enjoy fried or baked cod, perch, shrimp or walleye with coleslaw, apple sauce, rye bread and a choice of French fries or potato pancakes.

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. Choose from fried cod, perch, blue gill or walleye served with a variety of sides (including potato pancakes). If you'd prefer to take your fish fry to go, there are also buckets of of cod available with your choice of French fries, waffle fries, or potato pancakes; plus coleslaw, rye bread, tartar sauce and lemons.

 

Dia y Noche
6601 Northway, Greendale, (414) 246-2002

diaynochewi.com
Try something deliciously out of the ordinary at this new Greendale restaurant specializing in dishes from Central America, South America and the Caribbean. For Lenten season, they are offering a twist on the usual fish fry, Dominican Branzino de Coco: pan-fried whole Branzino topped with a warm salsa de coco sauce, served with moro de gondules and ensalada verde. 

Don's Grocery & Liquor (formerly Don's Diner)
1100 S. 1st St., (414) 808-0805

Donsmke.com

Don's fish fry comes with battered cod,  coleslaw, rye and a choice of fries or potato pancakes. Pair it with a boozy shake for an at-home supper club experience.

 Erv's Mug
130 W. Ryan Rd., (414) 762-5010
ervsmug.com
[
Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Erv's Mug offers fish fry on Wednesday and Friday. Options include battered or baked cod, tilapia, or perch with all the fixin's.

 Explorium Brewpub
Southridge Mall, 5300 S 76th St.
(414) 423-1365
exploriumbrew.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday Review]

Enjoy Explorium's fish & chips with beer-battered Atlantic cod with fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce any day of the week. On Fridays, there's also breaded perch or baked cod served with  tartar sauce, creamy coleslaw, rye bread and your choice of fries or potato pancakes.

Final Approach
4959 S. Howell Ave., (414) 744-7060
finalapproachmilwaukee.com

If you're near the airport, head over to Final Approach for beer battered cod, breaded perch, baked cod or breaded or broiled walleye served with fries or potato pancakes, coleslaw, rye bread and homemade tartar sauce. A drive-thru fish fry (single order or buckets) are also available.

Grainger's Pub & Grill
3400 W. Loomis Rd., (414) 282-9917
graingersbar.com

Friday's catch includes beer-breaded cod, bluegill or shrimp.  All come with coleslaw, fries or potato pancakes, and rye bread.

The Hale House
10539 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, (414) 377-9392
Hale-house.com

The Hale House's fish fry options include fried and baked cod, perch or bluegill, clam chowder and homemade potato pancakes.

Hue
2691 S, Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, (414) 294-0483
huerestaurants.com

Step outside the lines and try a new take on the Wisconsin classic. Offered every Friday, the Hue fish fry features turmeric-marinated, beer-battered swai served with garlic fried rice, cabbage slaw and Thai basil aioli. 

Joe's K Ranch
4840 S. Whitnall Ave., Cudahy, (414) 481-1775

www.kranch.com

Choose from "batter dipt" or broiled cod; broiled, "batter dipt" or pan-fried walleye; cod oscar; or grilled cajun shrimp. Meals come with bread, soup or salad and a choice of fries, baked potato or potato pancakes.

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

Friday fish fry options at Kegel's include hand-breaded cod, perch, blue gill, walleye, catfish or jumbo shrimp alongside rye bread, coleslaw, tartar sauce, lemon and a choice of French fries or potato pancakes. A vegan fish fry made with Gardein fishless filets is also available and served with rye bread, house red cabbage, vegan tartar sauce, lemon and fries.

The Landing
2234 E. Layton Ave., Saint Francis, (414) 483-0702

Landingfoodandspirits.com

The Landing's fish fry includes beer-battered or breaded cod served with fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce and rye bread.

Meyer's Restaurant & Banquet Hall
4260 S. 76th St., (414) 321-4400
meyersrestaurant.com

Dig into this fish fry, which includes fried or baked cod (or a combination of the two) or broasted chicken and cod along with family style sides including French fries or potato pancakes.

Mulligan's Irish Pub & Grill
8933 S. 27th St., Franklin, (414) 304-030

MulligansOn27th.com

Fish fry includes beer-battered or breaded haddock, beer-battered or breaded walleye, breaded perch or blue gill served with house made tartar sauce, coleslaw, choice of colcannon potatoes, potato pancakes or beer battered French fries.

 O'Lydia's
338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
olydias.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

O'lydia's Friday fish fry includes cod, perch, bluegill, shrimp or a combo fry alongside your choice of potato (potato pancakes offered), homemade coleslaw and rye.

Oscar's on Pierce
1712 W. Pierce St., (414) 810-1820
oscarsonpierce.com

Oscar's has a mean burger. But, they also serve a great fish fry (on Fridays only) with breaded cod, coleslaw, house-made fries and rye bread. 

 The Packing House
900 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-5054
packinghousemke.com
[
Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Drive-thru style carry-out is available.
The Packing House is somewhat famous for its fish fry, which comes in both baked or fried varieties with all the traditional sides. 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!).

Panther Pub & Eatery
5651 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 423-5800

Thepantherpub.com

Head to this neighborhood watering hole for Riverwest Stein hand battered cod, coleslaw and rye bread. Fish fry is served with your choice of fries or homemade potato pancakes and applesauce.

Pat's Niche Pub & Grub
3956 S. Howell Ave., (414) 539-6452
patsniche.com

At Pat's fried or baked cod, perch or catfish are served with a choice of fries or potato pancakes, coleslaw, tartar sauce and rye bread. Applesauce is available upon request. 

 Polonez
4016 S. Packard Ave, St Francis, (414) 482-0080
polonezrestaurant.com
[
Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Take in the old school vibe (and the dill pickle soup) at this Milwaukee staple. Fish fry options include deep-fried hand-breaded cod or perch served up with remoulade, coleslaw and your choice of potato (paprika fries, French fries or potato pancakes). Each option comes with a side of soup or salad.

 Ricardo's
5627 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 421-1980
ricardosgreendale.com

[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

If you've only ordered pizza at Ricardo's, it's time to try their fish fry. Choices include breaded cod, baked cod, Italian breaded perch or fan-tail shrimp served up with traditional sides, including potato pancakes.

Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery
3216 S. Howell Ave., (312) 834-1929
sabrosa.cafe

Enjoy beer battered walleye, cod or cornmeal breaded perch (or all three!) with lime slaw, rye bread, hush puppies and fries.

Sandra's on the Park
10049 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, (414) 235-8889
Sandrasonthepark.com

Sandra's Friday fish fry features beer-battered or baked cod with coleslaw, salted marble rye and house fries or potato pancakes. Reservations required for dine-in.

Scotty's Bar & Pizza
3921 S. Clement Ave., (414) 481-6060 
facebook.com/HistoricScottysBarPizza

At Scotty's, there's no such thing as small. Hefty portions of beer-battered, breaded or baked cod or breaded perch come with homemade coleslaw, rye bread and your choice of boiled potatoes, potato pancakes or fries.

Slick Willies
2301 12th Ave., South Milwaukee
(414) 762-1974
facebook.com/SlickWillysBarAndGrill
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

Slick Willies serves beer battered cod, breaded shrimp, beer battered walleye or a sampler platter with cod, walleye and shrimp. Sides include coleslaw, tartar sauce, buttered marble rye and guests' choice of fries or potato pancakes. Also included are soup (clam chowder) and salad.

 Steny's Tavern & Grill
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
stenystavern.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

At Steny's Friday is the night for beer battered cod, seasoned baked cod, deep-fried or pan-fried perch or breaded shrimp. Each dinner is served with coleslaw, a rye bread and your choice of side.

Twisted Fisherman
1200 W Canal St., (414) 384-2722
Twistedfisherman.com

Twisted Fisherman’s fish fry features fried cod with fries, coleslaw, rye, butter and lemon.

 Wegner's St. Martins Inn
11318 W. St. Martins Rd., Franklin (414) 425-9971
stmartinsinn.com
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

There's plenty to love at Wegner's St. Martins Inn fish fry where you can choose from beer battered haddock, fresh lake perch or a combination of the two. Dinners include coleslaw, Canfora bakery marbled rye bread, tartar sauce and choice of boiled red potatoes German potato salad, potato pancakes or French fries. 

West Side/Suburbs

5 O'Clock Club
N28 w26658 Peterson Dr., Pewaukee, (262) 691-9960
the5oclockclubpewaukee.com

Friday fish fry at 5 O'Clock features fried or baked cod, fried perch, bluegill and walleye with all the fixins. 

Albanese's Roadhouse
2301 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha, (262) 785-1930
albanesesroadhouse.com

Albanese's offers hand-breaded lake perch or walleye with a side of pasta, bread and a tossed salad.

Alioto’s Restaurant
3041 N Mayfair Rd., (414) 476-6900
aliotos.net

Order up fried or broiled cod, fried perch or gluten free-breaded cod or perch served with a choice of coleslaw or salad and a choice of potato or pasta.

Balistreri's Bluemound Inn
6501 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 258-9881
balistreris.com

Fridays at Balistreri's means beer-battered cod, baked Italian cod or breaded walleye or perch served with tartar sauce, fries, Italian bread and lemon.

Balistreri's Italian/American Ristorante
812 N. 68th St., (414) 475-1414
balistreris.com

Balistreri's fish fry is simple and classic featuring beer-battered cod served with tartar sauce, fries, Italian bread and lemon.

Beer Snobs Ale & Eats
122 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland, (262) 367-6627

Beersnobshartland.com

Enjoy craft brews plus beer-battered or citrus baked cod served with coleslaw, housemade donut holes and a choice of loaded potato pancakes, sidewinders or side salad.

Billy Ho's Pub & Eatery
118 Main St., Pewaukee, (262) 691-9237
billyhos.com

You'll find beer-battered and baked cod with fries and slaw at Billy Ho's every Friday.

Blue's Egg
317 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, (414) 299-3180

bluesegg.com
During Lent, you'll find Blue's beer-battered haddock available every Friday served with crispy potato pancakes, coleslaw, tartar sauce and rye toast for lunch, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Buckatabon
7700 W Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 271-7700

thebuckatabon.com

Every Friday Buckatabon is serving up classic beer-battered fish and sides including Mudpuppy Porter battered haddock or perch with potato pancakes, apple sauce, tartar sauce, creamy buttermilk coleslaw, rye bread, and charred lemon.

Camino
7211 W. Greenfield, West Allis (414) 810-4838
caminomke.com

Camino's second location is serving up daily specials, including their special wet-battered fried cod served with coleslaw, rye bread and cajun remoulade.

Champion Chicken
8718 W. Lisbon Ave., (414) 462-6200
championchicken.net

Champion Chicken's fish fry features three pieces of battered cod served with crinkle cut fries, slaw and tartar sauce. Fish is also available in family style buckets.

Cleveland Pub & Grill
14000 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, (262) 754-5337

clevelandpubandgrill.com

At Cleveland Pub & Grill, you'll get beer-battered haddock, breaded perch, baked cod or salmon served with your choice of fries, baked potato or potato pancakes. 

Colonel Hart's
7342 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 476-3070
colonelharts.com

Choose from cod, perch or shrimp served with coleslaw, fries, rye bread, tartar sauce and lemon.

Curly's Waterfront Sports Bar & Grill
W272N2696 Lakeview Blvd., Pewaukee, (262) 691-4243

curlyswaterfrontpub.com

Choose from cod, shrimp, perch or the catch of the week served with coleslaw, marble rye, tartar sauce, lemon and a choice of fries, tots, onion strings or housemade chips. 

Delafield Brewhaus
3832 Hillside Dr., (262) 646-7821

Delafieldbrewhaus.com

Craft brews are perfect with Delafield Brewhaus's beer battered cod, broiled cod or walleye, each of which is served with rye bread, coleslaw and a choice fries, Haus chips, baked potato or sour cream and chive mash.

Dugout 54
5328 W. Bluemound Rd., (414)
259-1200
Dugout54.com

Choose from beer-battered cod, baked cod, cajun baked cod, panko crusted perch or blackened salmon served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, lemon, light rye bread and your choice of side: seasoned fries, housemade kettle chips, waffle fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, seasonal vegetables, potato pancake, side salad or clam chowder.

Ella's Public House
W325 S1767 Mickle Rd., Delafield, (262) 201-4545

www.ellaspublichouse.com

At Ella's, you can choose from beer-battered or baked cod, beer-battered walleye, beer-battered shrimp, pan-fried shrimp or cornmeal crusted bluegill. All are served with tartar or cocktail sauce, rye bread, lemon, coleslaw and a choice of fries or chips. Both potato pancakes and clam chowder are available for a slight upcharge.

Ferch's Crafthouse Grille
418 N. Mayfair Rd., (262) 770-3902
ferchscrafthouse.com
Head to Ferch's on Fridays for beer-battered cod, your choice of sides, coleslaw, and rye bread. Be sure to get a local craft brew to wash it all down.

Leff's Lucky Town
7208 W. State St., (414) 258-9886
leffs.com
At Leff's,  you can choose from hand breaded cod or perch (or baked cod if you'd prefer). Each comes with sides of rye bread, homemade coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon. Guests also have a choice of fries or potato pancake and applesauce.

Hue
6519 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 585-0577
huerestaurants.com

Step outside the lines and try a new take on the Wisconsin classic. Offered every Friday, the Hue fish fry features turmeric-marinated, beer-battered swai served with garlic fried rice, cabbage slaw and Thai basil aioli. 

 J&B’s Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill
5230 W. Blue Mound Road, (414) 443-1844
jbblueribbon.com
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J&B’s Blue Ribbon's fish fry comes with fried cod or perch, coleslaw and potato pancakes or house-cut fries. 

Jimmy's Island Grill
2303 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 837-2121
jimmysislandgrill.com

Head to Tosa for an island-themed fish fry at Jimmy's Island Grill, which serves baked or fried cod, deep-fried or pan-fried perch with housemade potato
pancakes or fries, cole slaw, tarter sauce and rye bread.

 Kam's Thistle & Shamrock
3430 N 84th St., (414) 871-3977

thethistleandshamrock.com
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This West Side Irish pub makes a mean corned beef. But, when it comes to fish fry, it's got its game on. Customers have the choice of over 20 types of fish, including pollock, swai catfish, wild caught cod loin, haddock, smelt, shrimp or northern pike. The fish, which is cooked to order, is lightly hand-breaded and fried (or baked) and served with rye bread, coleslaw and a choice of fries, thistle chips, baked potato or housemade potato pancakes (served with apple sauce or maple syrup).

 

 Liquid Johnny's
540 S. 76th St., (414) 476-8668
Liquidjohnnysmke.com
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Choose from beer-battered cod, grilled seasoned cod, perch, walleye or shrimp served with coleslaw, rye bread and a choice of fries, tots or mashed potatoes. Sub potato cakes for $2 more.

Mainstream Bar & Grill
404 W. Main St., Waukesha, (262) 544-6222
Mainstreambarandgrill.com

Mainstream's fish fry features three pieces of beer-battered cod loin with coleslaw, buttered rye, tartar sauce and a choice of chips, fries, tots or sweet potato fries.

Matty's Bar & Grille
14460 W. College Ave., New Berlin, (414) 427-3838

Mattysbar.com

Matty's fish fry features a choice of baked or battered cod or perch with coleslaw, rye bread and tartar sauce and a choice of red mashed potatoes, potato pancakes or fries.

Maxie's
6732 W. Fairview Ave., Milwaukee, (414) 292-3969

maxiesmke.com
On Fridays, Maxie's offers a yeast beer-battered haddock with creamy coleslaw, Cajun fries, and house-made tartar sauce. 

 McBob's
4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
mcbobs.com
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On Wednesday and Friday McBob's offers fish fry options including perch, walleye and grouper, pan-fried with a choice of potato. McBob's fish filets are breaded with seasoned potato flakes (instead of beer batter or bread crumbs) and pan fried to order. So, they're also gluten free.

Natty Oaks
11505 W National Ave., West Allis, (414) 543-2255
Nattyoaks.com

On Fridays Natty Oaks' offers beer battered cod, pan fried perch and homemade potato pancakes.

Neighborhood Draft
5921 W. Vliet St., (414) 885-2028

Neighborhooddraft.com

This local watering hole serves up two or four piece battered cod fish fries with coleslaw, rye bread and a choice of potato pancakes or steak fries.

 North Avenue Grill
7225 W. North Ave., (414) 453-7225
northavegrill.com
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This modern American diner is among the city's best for a well executed fish fry. Options include beer battered cod; battered or pan-fried perch; beer battered, pan fried or blackened walleye, battered bluegill or The Platter featuring walleye, perch and bluegill. Each fish fry is served with the guest's choice of potato (French fries, potato pancake, baked potato), coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon.

Oscar's Winners Circle
3800 W. Burnham St., (414) 249-5701
oscarsonpierce.com

Oscar's Winner's Circle might be known for their burgers, but they also have a reputable Friday fish fry featuring beer battered cod, homemade coleslaw, potato pancakes, lemon and rye bread.

 Paulie's Pub & Eatery
8031 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 257-2854
pauliespubandeatery.com
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Paulie's offers Fat Tire beer-battered cod loin, baked or breaded cod and deep fried lake perch. Each comes with a choice of potato (french fries, house parmesan ranch chips, buttered red potatoes or potato pancakes), creamy coleslaw, marble rye, lemon and tartar sauce.

Pourman's Pub & Grill
150 Main St., Sullivan, (262) 593-2530

pourmanssullivanwi.com

Pourman's offers a choice of beer-battered or baked cod, beer-battered walleye or beer-battered perch served with coleslaw, rye and a choice of potato

Ray's Butcher Shop
4640 W. Loomis Rd. Greenfield, (414) 423-1322
raysbutchershoppe.com

Ray's offers a Friday fish fry for carry-out featuring three pieces of fried fish and classic sides.

Randy's Neighbor's Inn
6922 W. Becher St., West Allis, (414) 545-8738

Come to this neighborhood tavern for a classic Milwaukee fish fry, prepared by Randy himself. Serving battered cod, potato salad or fries, coleslaw and rye bread.

Red Mill Inn & Pizza
1005 S. Elm Grove Rd., Brookfield, (262) 599-8900
Theredmillpizza.com

Fridays mean fish fry at this red-sauce joint. Beer-battered cod is served with coleslaw, rye, tartar sauce, lemon and a choice of fries, house made salt & vinegar chips or pasta salad. Potato pancakes, clam chowder, side salad or Caesar salad can be substituted for a small upcharge. Family portions of fish fry is also available. Reservations required for dine-in.

Revere's Wells Street Tavern
505 Wells St., Delafield, (262) 646-4070
Reverestavern.com

Fish fry at Revere's featured baked or beer-battered cod or beer-battered walleye with with creamy coleslaw, salted rye bread and your choice of sour cream & chive fries, natural cut fries, baked potato or homemade potato pancake and applesauce.

 

Saz's State House
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
sazs.com
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Since 1976, Saz's has been serving up a Friday night fish fry. Choose from Miller High Life beer battered or baked cod served with salted cocktail rye bread cole slaw, tartar sauce, lemon wedge and choice of homemade German-style potato pancakes or sour cream and chive fries. Saz's will also be hosting their Drive-thru Fish fry at various off-premise locations throughout the season. Get more information here.

Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon
3723 Hubertus Rd., Hubertus WI 53033

gosloppyjoes.com

Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon offers beer battered or baked haddock, pan-fried walleye or beer-battered perch with a choice of fries or potato pancake.

State Fair Inn
8101 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 778-0760
statefairinn1921.com
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On the Friday menu at State Fair Inn you'll find baked or beer battered cod, deep-fried or pan-fried perch, pan-fried tilapia or walleye almondine served with soup, salad and a choice of potato (french fries, mashed potatoes or baked potato) or onion rings. 

The Station Pub & Grill
W226 N3013 Duplainville Rd., Pewaukee, (262) 695-5300

the-station-pub.com

Head to The Station for beer-battered or baked cod, perch bluegill or walleye served with coleslaw, rye bread and a choice of potato pancakes or fries. 

Stolley's Hogg Alley
2008 Venice Beach Rd., Delafield, (262) 646-5652
stolleyshoggalley.com

Breaded fish, potato pancakes and all the fixins are a staple at Stolley's on Friday nights.

Tally's Tap & Eatery
S31W24661 Sunset Dr., Waukesha, (262) 446-3153
Tallystap.com

Tally's fish fry includes a choice of beer battered cod, beer battered perch or baked cod; all are served with a dinner roll and choice of fries, potato pancakes or baked potato; and clam chowder, salad or coleslaw.

Ted's Ice Cream and Resturant
6204 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 258-5610 

Ted's has been a Tosa staple since 1942.  Also known for its daily breakfast and ice cream, it offers a basic fish fry of battered cod, potato pancakes, coleslaw and rye bread on the side.

Western Lakes Country Club
W287N1963 Oakton Rd , Pewaukee
sazs.com/lakecountry

Western Lakes has teamed up with Saz's Catering to offer special Lenten fish fry offerings that also give back to the community. Starting Ash Wednesday (and on select Fridays throughout the season), Saz's will be offering delicious fish fry (and other options) aat the Club, with a portion of proceeds donated back to a different organization each week. The menu features Saz's staples like mozzarella marinara and Leinenkugel’s beer battered cheese curds or a cup of creamy clam chowder, then move on to the main event, Saz’s tavern-famous Miller High Life beer-battered or baked cod with sour cream and chive fries. View the menu (and more info) online.

Zisters
13425 Watertown Plank Rd., Elm Grove, (262) 794-3924

EatZRG.com

Zisters Friday fish fry includes a choice of fried or broiled cod with coleslaw a dinner roll and a choice of fries or potato pancakes (for a slight upcharge).

North/Northwest Side/Suburbs

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W Lexington Blvd., (414) 316-9583
thebavarianbierhaus.com

Enjoy fish fry every day of the week at Bavarian Bierhaus; options include beer-battered or pan-seared walleye or cod with fries or potato pancakes, coleslaw and tartar sauce. 

The Bay
342 E. Silver Spring Dr.,  Whitefish Bay
414-455-3045
thebayrestaurant.net

The Bay's Friday fish fry features hand-battered haddock or cornmeal-breaded perch with coleslaw, marble rye, tarter sauce, and choice of fries or chips.

 Belly Up Bar
N88W18384 Christman Rd., Menomonee Falls
(262) 255-2653
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Take in the local townie-bar vibe at this bar just off of Main Street. Enjoy beer battered or breaded cod, breaded perch, breaded shrimp, scallops or a seafood platter featuring either cod or perch with shrimp and scallops. Each is served with your choice of potato (Becky's famous German potato salad, potato pancakes or french fries), rye bread and coleslaw. Our advice: get the German potato salad.

 Butler Inn
12400 W. Hampton Ave., (262) 783-5899
thebutlerinn.com
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Designed with the look and feel of an English Pub, the Butler Inn is a comfortable spot with dim lighting and a classic friendly vibe. On Fridays, their menu includes Icelandic cod, lake perch, pan-fried or beer-battered walleye, parmesan-crusted walleye or a sampler combo featuring cod, perch and walleye served up with the traditional sides.

 The Brick Pub and Grill
6343 N. Green Bay Rd. (414) 797-0710
thebrickpubandgrill.com
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The Brick Pub and Grill offers weekly Friday feasts including breaded perch, cod or walleye along with marble rye, coleslaw and a choice of house made potato pancakes and applesauce or fries.

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

On Fridays at The Chancery, you can order up cornflake crusted lake perch, Canadian walleye or beer-breaded cod with coleslaw, tartar sauce, fries or potato
pancakes.

Ferrante's
10404 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-5420
Ferrantes.com

Choose from beer-battered or baked cod, breaded fantail shrimp, or beer-battered or lightly floured perch. Meals are served with a choice of fries, garlic mashed, or potato pancakes plus rye bread, coleslaw, tartar sauce and lemon.

Hot House Tavern
N88 W16631 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, (262) 812-2005

www.hothousetavern.com

Choose from beer-battered or baked cod with homemade coleslaw, tartar sauce and salted rye bread and a choice of sides: potato pancake with brandy applesauce, fries, pub chips, cottage cheese or side salad.

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

Curbside pick-up available
Hubbard Park Lodge is offering a cod fish fry with coleslaw, fries and rye bread for pick-up.

Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
1319 E. Henry Clay St., Whitefish Bay, (414) 964-3800
jackpandls.com

At Jack Pandl's, fish fry includes a choice of soup, salad or coleslaw; and potato pancakes, baked potato, fries or vegetable of the day. As for the fish, you can choose from deep-fried perch, broiled whitefish or deep-fried, broiled or potato-crusted cod.

Landmark Inn
10634 W Freistadt Rd., Mequon
(262) 242-9907
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If you want an old school fish fry, you'll find it at this bustling restaurant with a rustic Northwoodsy/Supper Club-esque vibe. On Friday nights, guests can choose from beer battered haddock, beer battered perch or breaded perch, each of which is served alongside coleslaw, tartar sauce, rye bread and a choice of homemade potato pancakes, homemade German potato salad or French fries. Save room for the housemade desserts.

Lone Star Tavern
W204 N11912 Goldendale Rd.
(262) 628-1484
facebook.com/Lone-Star
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It's off the beaten path, but this Germantown tavern does Fridays right. Lone Star offers a Friday night fish fry featuring your choice of perch, haddock, baked cod, breaded cod or the Fritz Special, featuring perch, shrimp and cod served alongside drawn butter and cocktail sauce for dipping. Meals are accompanied by your choice of potato (fries, German potato salad or potato pancakes), buttered bread and vinegar-based coleslaw. Junior portions are also available; just ask your server.

The Schwabenhof 
N56 W14192 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls, (262) 252-4100
theschwabenhof.com
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This popular fish fry destination has been serving up the goods for over 30 years. Options include hand-breaded or baked whitefish, fried perch or walleye with a choice of French fries, German potato salad, hand-made potato pancakes, or baked potato, along with coleslaw, applesauce, and tartar sauce.

The Social Haus
N48 W18474 Lisbon Rd., Menomonee Falls, (262) 293-9565

Thesocialhaus.pub

Head to the Social Haus on Fridays for beer battered cod, housemade potato pancakes or fries, coleslaw, rye bread cooked carrots and apple sauce. Available for dine-in only.

Spanky's Hideaway
5208 W. County Line Rd., Mequon, (262) 242-3677

Spankyshideaway.com

At Spanky's Fridays mean myriad choices: from all-you-can-eat cod to pan-fried or deep-fried perch, baked or deep-fried cod, pan-fried walleye, breaded fantail shrimp or a combination plate. All dinners come with a choice of homemade potato pancakes; homemade chips; seasoned, steak, sweet potato, or crinkle fries; or cottage cheese.

The Stillery
W204 N14025 W. Fond Du Lac Ave., Richfield, (262) 674-2033

thestillerywi.com
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The Stillery’s fish fry includes baked or lightly Hofbrau Original beer battered cod served with cole slaw, tartar sauce, lemon, a salted rye bread stick and the guest's choice of Stillery fries or potato pancakes. You can also order  up a cod sandwich, shrimp dinner or cod tacos.

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 that also happens to be available every day, head to Three Lions for their "English Fish & Chips" featuring beer battered Atlantic cod with chips (sorry, fries) and authentic mushy peas or coleslaw, if you prefer. There's also house-seasoned walleye topped with citrus cream sauce and served with a potato pancake croquette, coleslaw and apple sauce.

Worth the Drive

The Granary at The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery
6018 Superior Ave.,  Kohler, (920) 467-8599

theblindhorse.com/the-granary

Enjoy panko herb crusted perch, fries and craisin poppyseed coleslaw along with $4 old fashioneds every Friday evening in this painstakingly restored early 1900s vintage barn. 

The Golden Mast
W349 N5253 Lacy's Lane, Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
weissgerbers.com

The Golden Mast features fried or steamed cod, fried walleye or perch served alonside potato pancakes, coleslaw, bread and attentive service. Early bird specials served from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. include all-you-can-eat cod. Or arrive later and enjoy 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 which remain from the ghost town of Ulao, located in present-day Grafton. Their fish fry features haddock or walleye served with French fries or baked potato, cole slaw, and rye bread. Potato pancakes are also available.

 Mibb's & Viv's
7300 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon, (262) 251-4122
facebook.com/mibbsandvivs
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Want old school? Look no further. This rural mom and pop style tavern is a popular spot on Friday nights when they serve up piping hot plates of  breaded perch, haddock and both beer-battered and baked cod. Each comes with coleslaw, a choice of potato (fries, German potato salad, waffle fries and potato pancakes) marble rye bread and tartar sauce.

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

On Fridays The Mineshaft offers all-you-can-eat cod, perch, shrimp, or poor man's lobster (or a choice of two) with seasoned fries, coleslaw and rye bread.

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

M.J. Stevens offers Friday fish fry featuring breaded or baked cod or the catch of the day with waffle fries, homemade coleslaw and marbled rye.

Riverside Brewery & Restaurant
255 S. Main St., West Bend, (262) 334 - 2739
riversidebreweryandrestaurant.com

The fish fry at Riverside Brewery features breaded or baked cod, walleye, perch or shrimp with guests' choice of potato, homemade coleslaw, rye bread and our homemade tartar sauce. Potato pancakes are available for an upcharge.

 Sheryl's Club 175
3545 Hwy. 175, Slinger, (262) 644-1750
sherylsclub175.com
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There's not much to see in Ackerville, an unincorporated town located just south of Slinger. But you can get yourself a pretty good fish fry. Sheryl's Club offers up beer battered or baked cod, huge pan-fried walleye, perch or fried fantail shrimp. Each is served with a choice of potato (french fries, waffle fries, sweet potato fries, potato pancakes or baby fried potatoes) baked beans, coleslaw and rye bread.

Multiple Locations

Cafe Hollander
2608 N Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W State St., (414) 475-6771
701 Hilldale Way, Madison (608) 237-3168
cafehollander.com

On Fridays, Hollander offers their High Speed Wit battered haddock served with coleslaw, old bay remoulade, frites, rye bread and a grilled lemon.

Sobelman's Pub & Grill
1900 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee (414) 931-1919
10352 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon (262) 236-9899
1601 W. Wells St., Milwaukee (414) 933-1601
sobelmanspubandgrill.com

There is more to love than just burgers on Fridays at Sobelman's. The fish fry features four pieces of beer battered cod served up with coleslaw, macaroni salad, fries, rye bread and tartar sauce.

Water Street Brewery
3191 Golf Rd., Delafield, (262) 646-7882
1251 Gateway Dr., Grafton, (262) 375-1402
140 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek, (414) 301-5290
waterstreetbrewery.com

At Water Street Brewery you can take down a classic Wisconsin fry featuring a half pound of battered Atlantic cod or hand-breaded lake perch, french fries (or housemade potato pancakes), cole slaw, rye bread and house tartar sauce. Prefer an alternative to fried? Try their Lake Superior blackened whitefish with monterey jack mashed potatoes, asparagus and marinated cherry tomatoes. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.