Milwaukee's best fish fry, 2011: Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden
Your votes are in, Milwaukee, and you have selected the winners of OnMilwaukee's Best Dining 2011. We're announcing the results of this readers' poll, including our editors' pick, in a series of articles that run all October long during Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com.
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Milwaukee is a hard workin', Friday fish fry kind of city. There are lots of good ones and even a nice selection of great ones.
But, each one fits a little differently and so, everyone has their own preference based on location, atmosphere, type of fish, side dishes and more.
As in previous years, however, OnMilwaukee.com readers have expressed a strong preference for Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden and its festive beer hall atmosphere.
With the Brewhaus Polka Kings setting the mood, the Palm Garden's Fish Fry has become a can't-miss on Friday nights and regularly fills up fast.
The OnMilwaukee.com editors picked Kegel's Inn, on the South Side, for its old world charm and its amazing food.
OnMilwaukee.com editors' choice: Kegel's Inn
2. Kegel's Inn
3. Serb Hall
5. Erv's Mug
6. The Packing House
7. St. Paul Fish Co.
8. Wegner's St. Martin's Inn
10. Weissgerber's Gasthaus
12. Silver Spring House
14. River Lane Inn
Don't blame the restaurant ( but notify them and explain why ) for "tough/rubbery" fish. Why? This is caused by the fisherman icing the fish before the 24 hour rigamortous of muscle contraction/ release is finished. If the restaurant does not know this process has not finished and cooks it you get tough fish. So always tell your server and the manager so they can communicate with their supplier.
JJ | Jan. 6, 2012 at 6:36 p.m. (report)
The problem with these polls is that a ton of people who vote have only been to 2-3 fish fry's. Lakefront brewery is popular because of its location. The best fish fry's are always the ones away from the nightlife hot spots. ie; MJ Stevens, Alioto's Red Mill, St. Martins inn, Kegels, and my favorite Mineshaft.
Took your advice and brought a group of about 10 with me to the Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden. It was uniformly agreed NEVER TO RETURN because it was our singular WORST FRIDAY FISH FRY!! Extremely noisy and difficult to carry on conversation. Fried fish, fries, bread, etc. was extremely mediocre, and prices were high. (The beer was good, but that was expected for Lakefront!) Yes, it is possible we caught them on a bad day (shortly after Lent in 2011), but NO DAY should be "bad" for a good restaurant, who should strive for uniformly good food.
Best food, no. Best experience (add the brewery tour before hand) yes.
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