In Wisconsin the phrase Fish Fry is almost synonymous with Friday, particularly during the Lenten season. There is evidence the local Milwaukee Fish Fry tradition began as early as the 1800’s, when the settlers took advantage of the numerous area lakes and abundance of fish. Whether it’s for tradition, religious or just a TGIF, this guide will help you navigate your way to a great, local, Milwaukee fish fry.
- Lakefront Brewery is located at 1872 N. Commerce St. in Milwaukee. If you are looking for a true Milwaukee fish fry experience, this is it! Lakefront Brewery’s Friday Fish Fry is made from the freshest ingredients, sourced from local Wisconsin farms. To add to the true Milwaukee experience dinner is served family style with live music from The Brewhaus Polka Kings playing in the background. The entire Lakefront Brewery Friday Fish Fry menu can be found here. I put this in the category of a ‘must try Milwaukee experience’ for both visitors and locals.
- Hom Wood Fired Grill has locations in both Brookfield and Bayshore. Their passion for quality can truly be tasted in every bite. Hom is a locally owned restaurant that focuses on sourcing only the best local ingredients from select suppliers. Their Friday Fish Fry special is rotating, which allows the chefs to create a menu using the absolute freshest ingredients each week. The fish is of course served with ‘Hom-made’ sides and sauces.
- St. Paul Fish Company is located on the corner of East St. Paul Avenue and Broadway in the Milwaukee Public Market. You’ve heard me rave about St. Paul Fish Company before (if you haven’t you can here). On Friday’s from 4-8 p.m. St. Paul Fish Company serves up their famous Lake Perch Fish Fry for $12.95. Looking for seafood, but not necessarily a fish fry, St. Paul Fish Company has you covered with their daily lobster special for $15.95 or their must try lobster roll for $13.95.
- Motor Bar and Restaurant – Harley Davidson is a icon of Milwaukee, so it doesn’t get much more Milwaukee than a Friday Fish Fry at Harley Davidson’s Motor Bar and Restaurant. Make that an all you can eat fish fry for $13.95 and you have a winner-winner
chickenfish fry dinner. Free daily shuffleboard is just the cherry on top!
- Sobelmans I know Sobelmans as home to Milwaukee’s Best Burger. Yes, I said it. I don’t care what any contest says, I have yet to eat a burger in Milwaukee, or quite frankly anywhere, that is better than “The Sobelman.” It takes every ounce of my willpower not to order “The Sobelman”, but during Lent I have to do what I have to do. The good news is their fish fry is outstanding and includes: four pieces of beer battered cod with sides of cole slaw, mac salad, fries, rye bread and tartar sauce! I know it’s a little off topic, but it would be neglectful of me to talk about Sobelmans and not mention their bloody mary’s, which are an attraction (& a meal) in itself. Have no idea what I’m talking about? Click here for a mouth watering visual.
- Benno’s is located on 74th and Greenfield Avenue in downtown West Allis. If you like variety, Benno’s is your place. Their Friday Fish Fry options include: cod, tilapia, catfish, salmon, perch and even butterfly shrimp. Then take your pick between 40 different tap beers to wash it down.
- Steakhouse 100 Look for something a little more upscale? Just one block down from Benno’s on 73rd and Greenfield Avenue, you can find Steakhouse 100. Although you won’t find the Friday Fish Fry listed on their menu, the waitstaff will give you all the details when you arrive. The last time I was there it was an all you can eat cod dinner.
Mi-Key’s located in the heart of Cathedral Square on North Jefferson Street is another must visit. Mi-Key’s has a new menu featuring modern BBQ, which is all the same great flavors you love about BBQ in in a modern, casual, and social environment. They make all their sauces, sides and dry rubs in house for a flavor you can’t find anywhere else. On Friday they offer a rotating Fish Fry featuring hand picked fish selections from local purveyor and includes homemade potato pancakes and tartar sauce. Just a few hours before Cinderella, when the clock strikes ten o’clock, Mi-key’s transforms itself into a lively bar setting featuring local DJ’s as well as the opportunity to participate in interactive bar games & entertainment.
- Distil located at 722 N. Milwaukee Street is generally known for their artisan craft cocktails and extensive selection of bourbon. My favorite thing about Distil is their artisan small plate menu that highlights Milwaukee based ingredients, including Clock Shadow Cheese and beef from SURG Restaurant’s own Hidden Creek Farm in New London, WI. During Lent they offer a Fish Fry every Monday – Saturday, which includes: Beer battered cod, potato pancakes with apple compote, tartar sauce, coleslaw, marble rye and lemon. The baked cod is finished with lemon caper butter – YUM!
- Ted’s Restaurant and Ice Cream on North Ave. in Wauwatosa. Ted’s is serving up a cod fish fry with coleslaw, rye bread, and your choice of potato pancakes, french fries or hash browns for $7.99. For those with a lighter appetite we also have baked cod and fish sandwiches on toasted Kaiser roll. If you want just the cliff notes, I basically love everything about Ted’s – the Cheer’s -esque atmosphere, double horseshoe counter and the shakes! If you want more, you can read the full write-up here.
DISCLAIMER – Specials and prices were accurate at the time the article was published – offers may change.