If you aren’t from Wisconsin, you just don’t understand the importance of the Friday night fish fry. This is a tradition dating back to the 1800s, utilizing the fresh fish abundant in our waters. It became even more important as a means to mask the smell of liquor at certain businesses during the Prohibition era. Now, it is a common Wisconsin occurrence (not just on Fridays, but typically Fridays) at
supper clubs, taverns and restaurants. There are loads of places to get a great fish fry in Wisconsin, but here are our top 11.
1. Hungry Peddler
This storefront has been around since 1911. Its cozy and small-town atmosphere make it great to eat at on Friday nights. 3429 Mormon Coulee Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601.
2. Maricque's Bar
This is a great place for bluegill and perch. It's old school service and dining at its best. 1517 University Ave, Green Bay, WI 54302.
3. Headwaters Restaurant and Tavern
Nice sized portions in a warm atmosphere make this your next go-to fish fry place. It's casual with your classic sides and dipping sauces. 5675 Co Rd M, Boulder Junction, WI 54512.
4. Bushel and Peck's
This place does a Friday fish fry all day on Friday. They do Wisconsin perch in Spotted Cow beer batter. 328 State St, Beloit, WI 53511.
5. The Old Fashioned
The Old Fashioned is all about serving classic Wisconsin fare. Their Friday night fish fry will remind you of one up in northern Wisconsin. 23 N Pinckney St #1, Madison, WI 53703.
6. Paul Bunyan's
This place has been serving up large portions since 1961. They don't just give you fish; you also get pasta, potato pancakes, coleslaw, applesauce, and lumberjack bread. 8653 US-51, Minocqua, WI 54548.
7. Lakefront Brewery
Live polka and fish fry: what could be better? It's a great communal atmosphere and you have to head out for a Friday night you'll never forget. 1872 N Commerce St, Milwaukee, WI 53212.
8. Wendt's on the Lake
You know that when multiple people say this place serves the best perch they've have ever had, it's gotta be legit. The perch is good and flaky, with a light and crispy breading. N9699 Lake Shore Rd, Van Dyne, WI 54979/
9. Hilltop Pub and Grill
This place has been a gathering spot since the 1940s. Quirky decor and fresh food make this a unique place to dine. 4901 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
10. Colony House
This place looks like just your neighborhood bar. But on Friday, sides include a giant piece of rye bread, apple sauce, coleslaw, and potato pancakes. 25811 119th St, Trevor, WI 53179.
11. Fitz's on the Lake
This joint has a wonderful lake view. Friday is all you can eat fish fry. W11602 County Road V, Lodi, WI 53555.