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Milwaukee fish fry guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Jan. 24, 2020 at 1:01 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, 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.

The Friday fish fry is one of Milwaukee's most cherished and distinctive traditions. In fact, visit most other cities and ask where to get the "best fish fry," and you're likely to be met with a blank stare ... but not in the Brew City.

Milwaukee came by its fish fry tradition honestly. After all, the European settlers who flocked to the Cream City in the 1800s would have been remiss if they didn't take advantage of the bounty provided by Lake Michigan's waters. It helps that many of those immigrants were Catholic, and the tradition of foregoing the consumption of meat on Fridays made the fish fry a natural evolution.

The fish fry tradition developed even further during the Prohibition era, when fish fries became a way for former alcohol-purveying establishments to stay in business. Many went so far as to conceal their illicit speakeasies beneath the intoxicating aroma of frying fish, offering free or low-cost fish to those who imbibed.

As time moved forward, fish fries became an easy way to avoid meat while enjoying a night out and eating affordably. The tradition grew from there, providing Milwaukee families an opportunity to go out to dinner without breaking the bank.

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.

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?

Downtown/East Side
North/Northwest Side/Suburbs
Multiple Locations
South/Southwest Side
West Side/Suburbs
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Churches and Centers

Downtown/East Side

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

Buck Bradley's
1019 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 224-8500
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
At Cafe Benelux, High Speed Wit battered haddock is served with coleslaw, old bay remoulade, frites, rye bread and a grilled lemon.

1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 225-9330
Hi-Hat may not be the first place you think of for fish fry, but it fries those fish up right (with a slight twist), from open to close every Friday night. Choose from battered cod or Milwaukee-style fried perch; both are served with coleslaw, marble rye, fries and caper mayo. You can also opt for the fish sandwich or Lake perch tacos.

2017 E. North Ave., (414) 273-5230
On Fridays Hooligan's guests have a choice of cod, lake perch or walleye with the option of eating the fish as a dinner or in a sandwich. All dinners are served with coleslaw, tartar sauce, marble rye bread and a choice of fries, fresh fruit or homemade potato pancakes.

Klinger's East
920 E. Locust St.
(414) 263-2424
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Walk into Klinger's East and you're (literally) walking into a piece of history. On Fridays, that comes with a side of fish fry. Choices include battered pollock or breaded perch served alongside potato pancakes (or fries) and marble rye.

Lakefront Brewery Beer Hall
1872 N. Commerce St., (414) 292-0808
A favorite of readers, Lakefront has one of the city's most unique fish fries, served from 4 until 9 p.m. The menu offers cod with East Side Dark batter, panko-breaded perch, breaded smelt or a combination platter with beer battered cod, breaded lake perch and 2 jumbo shrimp. Each option is served up with creamy coleslaw, housemade tartar sauce and a choice of sides including fries, potato pancakes or German potato salad. A lovely setting on the river, polka music and tours of the brewery are also available.

Major Goolsby's
340 W. Kilbourn Ave., (414) 271-3414
On Fridays, Goolsby's offers guests breaded Icelandic cod fillets with coleslaw and fries. Other offerings include a fish sandwich on a bun with lettuce and tomato.

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

Milwaukee Brat House
1013 N. Old World 3rd St., (414) 273-8709
Even the brat house serves fish on Fridays. Stop in for three pieces of fresh cod, coleslaw, rye bread and tartar sauce.

Mo's Irish Pub
142 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 272-0721
Mo's serves its Irish fish and chips all year round. Entrées come with golden brown, beer-battered Atlantic cod served with seasoned fries, tangy tartar sauce and homemade coleslaw.

400 W. Canal St., (
414) 287-2778
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 (here's the twist) cornbread.

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

Indulge in a half-pound of cod at the Old German Beer Hall. It's fried in Hofbrau beer batter and served with fries, bread and coleslaw.

Potawatomi Hotel + Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (800) 729-7244
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review for Canal Street Cafe]

In the heart of the Menomonee Valley, Potawatomi's Buffet offers an all-you-can-eat fish fry buffet featuring a catch of the week and all the traditional sides. Fried shrimp and other great selections are available, too. Meanwhile, Canal Street Café, located just off the hotel's lobby, offers golden, flaky tempura-battered cod served with potato pancakes, coleslaw and applesauce.

Red Lion Pub
1850 N. Water St., (414) 431-900
At Red Lion, the sister pub of Three Lions in Shorewood, you can count on finding an authentic English fish 'n' chips experience every day of the week. Of course, if you prefer something a bit more traditional, it also offers battered Atlantic cod with chips, coleslaw and rye bread. A special menu during Lent features a variety of other fish specials.

St. Paul Fish Company
400 N. Water St. (414) 220-8383
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 fried perch, shrimp, grouper, walleye or catfish paired with fries and coleslaw. Or treat yourself to the live Maine lobster dinner for under $20 every day.

Swingin' Door Exchange
219 E Michigan St. (414) 276-8891
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
This pub and grub features a large menu with many foods to choose from. Give it a try on Friday for the fish fry, which features Icelandic cod, lake perch and shrimp.

Tavern at Turner Hall
1034 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave., (414) 346-0800
One of Milwaukee's most iconic fish fries returned to Turner Hall in Oct. 2018 as Tavern at Turner Hall opened there. You get your choice between beer battered cod, baked cod, fried perch and out hotfish battered cod (spicy tempura battered). All served with French fries, rye bread, citrus coleslaw and remoulade. Sub potato pancakes for $1.

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

1230 N Van Buren St., (414) 272-2522
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Victor's has gotten to be a well-known singles bar complete with music and a metal dance floor. But, prior to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, it also serves a mean all-you-can-eat fish fry 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 with sides: bacon, sour cream and shredded cheddar mozzarella cheese.

South/Southwest Side

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

724 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-0345
At Amelia's the all-you-can-eat cod or smelt comes with coleslaw, rye bread and tartar sauce. Try other dinners like a fish sandwich with fries or one pound of lake perch.

Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr., Muskego (414) 377-9449
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
Bass Bay's classic Wisconsin fish fry includes hand-breaded Atlantic cod served with tartar sauce, fries, marbled rye with Wisconsin butter and house made coleslaw. But, maybe you'd rather have a sandwich? Get that same delicious fish stacked high on marbled rye bread, Wisconsin cheddar, tartar sauce and coleslaw with a side of fries.

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. Choose from the traditional cod fry, baked cod dinner, a codwich, beer-battered baby walleye pike, smelt basket, clam strip basket or jumbo shrimp entree.

The Bosch Tavern
5871 S. 108th St., Hales Corners (414) 427-1400
Enjoy the fish fry at this "old timey" bar and eatery featuring vintage ads and antiques on knotty pine paneling and a stone fireplace. Dinner includes your choice of beer-battered haddock, baked haddock or the Bosch haddock fish boil. Sides include marble rye, coarsely cut coleslaw with green pepper and dill, tartar sauce and skin-on fries. Ask for a bowl of the clam chowder, which is filled to the brim with clams, potatoes and celery.

The Brass Tap
7808 W. Layton Ave., Greenfield, (414) 301-4054
[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.

Brighton Dale Links
830 248th Ave. (Hwy. 75) Kansasville, (262) 925-8005
Every Friday of the year, from 1 to 8 p.m., enjoy beer-battered cod, jumbo shrimp, bluegill and walleye fillet served with all the fixins.

Centraal Grand Cafe & Tappery
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
Lowlands Tandem Dubbel bier-battered or potato chip-encrusted cod fish fry is served with frites, coleslaw and housemade remoulade. Also available are calamari, fish tacos, mussels and more.

Cafe El Sol
1028 S. 9th St., (414) 384-3100
Hidden in the United Community Center, Cafe el Sol 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.

Clifford's Supper Club
10418 W. Forest Home Ave., (414) 425-6226
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 battered cod. It's a scrumptious fish fry at a decent price.

Coach's Pub & Grill
5356 S. 13th St., (414) 281-8175
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.

Erv's Mug
130 W. Ryan Rd., (414) 762-5010
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Erv's Mug is a popular Oak Creek restaurant – with unbeatably memorable decor – that fries some of the best fish in the southern suburbs. The portions are large, the place is busy and the patrons are some of the friendliest around.

Explorium Brewpub
Southridge Mall, 5300 S 76th St Unit 1450A
(414) 423-1365
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday Review]

Grab a beer brewed right on site at this local brewpub where you can enjoy beer battered cod with fries, apple slaw and tartar sauce any day of the week. On Fridays, enjoy the fish of the day (harvested from the Great Lakes) dipped in Sutter's Secret Golden Ale tempurah batter and deep fried or cast iron baked cod finished with butter. Both are served with tartar sauce, apple slaw and a choice of french fries or potato pancakes.

Final Approach
4959 S. Howell Ave., (414) 744-7060
f 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. Or opt for one of the other seafood based entrees including salmon piccata, coconut breaded shrimp or broiled tilapia.

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

Junction Bar & Grill
Inside JB's on 41 Fun Center
4040 S. 27th St., (414) 281-8200
During the Lenten season, Junction Bar & Grill serves up a $10 from-scratch fish fry on both Wednesdays and Fridays. The dinner includes three pieces of hand-coated beer-battered cod with seasoned fries, housemade coleslaw and tartar sauce and rye bread. If you're in the mood, you can always stay for a bit of bowling afterwards!

Kegel's Inn
5901 W. National Ave., (414) 257-9999
The wait is long on Fridays, but the goods at Kegel's Inn are worth it. This old-style corner tavern with a German beerhall feel offers fast service and incredible fish along with other German specialties. Don't miss the potato pancakes, which were featured in Saveur magazine a few years back.

Klemmer's Banquet Center
10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., (414) 541-9190
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Known in the area as the go-to banquet center for weddings and funeral luncheons, Klemmer's is also open to the public from Labor Day through Memorial Day for a Friday night fish fry that includes haddock, fried perch, pike, slaw, choice of potato, cucumber salad and rye bread.

Kokopellli's Pub & Grub
6001 W. Madison St., (414) 476-8788
There are plenty of choices at Kokopelli's, which offers traditional deep fried cod, blackened catfish, pan seared or deep fried walleye, pan seared or deep fried perch, breaded shrimp or combination platters featuring cod, perch and shrimp. Fish dinners are served with bread, soup or salad, house made coleslaw, tartar or cocktail sauce and a choice of fries, tater tots or sweet potato fries.

Lake City Restaurant and Lounge
5105 Howell Ave., (414) 831-3659
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 it has other menu fish choices such as pretzel-crusted bluegill, almond-crusted tilapia or blackened catfish.

The Lodge (currently closed but reopening)
3800 E Layton Ave., Cudahy (414) 877-1667
The Lodge is a sports bar which offers up a Friday special of beer battered cod with coleslaw, marble rye, tartar sauce and your choice of steak fries or potato pancakes. If you'd prefer, you can opt for pan fried walleye, baked cod or large battered shrimp (regular or buffalo style).

Meyer's Restaurant and Bar
4260 S. 76th St., (414) 321-4400
Dig into this fish fry, which includes fried or baked fish (or a combination of the two) along with family style servings of potato salad, bean salad, coleslaw, a choice of soups, bakery fresh rye rolls, tartar sauce, lemon and a choice of potato (baked, mashed, boiled, fries or potato pancakes). Additional Friday specials including breaded walleye, stuffed sole, stuffed shrimp or white roughy Rockefeller.

338 S. 1st St., (414) 271-7546
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
Voted one of the best fish fries in Walkers Point, this 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
Oscar's has a mean burger. But, it also does a great fish fry. It includes coleslaw, delicious homemade fries and rye bread. It's not all-you-can-eat, but you can request extra pieces of fish for about $1 each.

Packard Cafe
5921 S. Packard Ave., Cudahy, (414) 481-0890
This cafe starts serving fish early, from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., offering a cod fish fry served with fries and choice of soup or salad.

The Packing House
900 E. Layton Ave., (414) 483-5054
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The Packing House is somewhat famous for its fish fry, which comes in both baked or fried varieties 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
Every Friday of the year, from 1 to 8 p.m., enjoy beer-battered cod, jumbo shrimp, bluegill and walleye fillet served with all the fixins!

4016 S. Packard Ave, St Francis, (414) 482-0080
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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.

5627 Broad St., Greendale, (414) 421-1980
[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 North American lake perch, breaded or baked cod and a shrimp dinner featuring butterflied panko-breaded shrimp served with cocktail sauce, all served up with traditional sides, including potato pancakes.

3921 S. Clement Ave., (414) 481-6060
At Scotty's, there's no such thing as small. Hefty portions of beer-battered or breaded cod or perch 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
Serb Hall has long claimed to have the best fish fry in the city. They feature both 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 Ash Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m.

Steny's Tavern & Grill
800 S. 2nd St., (414) 672-7139
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
This Walker's Point hang-out is hoppin' on Friday nights when folks can order up beer battered cod, seasoned baked cod, pan-fried or beer battered lake perch, or an pan-fried or beer-battered walleye. Each dinner is served with coleslaw, a rye roll and your choice of side (including potato pancakes).

Wegner's St. Martins Inn
11318 W. St. Martins Rd., Franklin (414) 425-9971
[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

Albanese's Roadhouse
2301 W. Bluemound Rd., Waukesha, (262) 785-1930
Waukesha natives rave about this place, for good reason. Conveniently located near shopping and the Marcus Majestic movie theater complex, fish comes with a side of pasta, bread and a tossed salad.

Athens Family Restaurant
5547 N. Lovers Lane Rd., (414) 462-3950
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
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
This family-owned restaurant offers a good, old-fashioned example of big helpings for a small price. It offers fried fish year-round with a baked cod special on Fridays. Upgrade to all-you-can-eat for a small charge.

Cleveland Pub & Grill
14000 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, (262) 754-5337
At Cleveland Pub & Grill, you'll get tasty, crispy haddock or fried perch served with your choice of fries, baked potato or potato pancakes. Fish fry hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

J&B's Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill
5230 W. Blue Mound Road, (414) 443-1844
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J&B's Blue Ribbon light and flaky perch fish fry comes with coleslaw, potato pancakes or house-cut fries. Fish fry hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Jimmy's Island Grill
2303 N. Mayfair Rd., (414) 837-2121
Head to Tosa for an island-themed fish fry at Jimmy's Island Grill, which serves both cod and grouper (grilled, blackened or fried) until 11 p.m.

Kam's Thistle & Shamrock
3430 N 84th St., (414) 871-3977
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
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 15 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).

Kokopelli's Pub & Grub
6001 W. Madison St., West Allis, (414) 476-8788
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.

4919 W. North Ave., (414) 871-5050
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Served beginning at 11 a.m. and generally until about 10 p.m., McBob's boasts rotating specials with a consistent offering of 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.

Paulie's Pub & Eatery
8031 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, (414) 257-2854
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]

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.

Ray's Butcher Shop
4640 W. Loomis Rd. Greenfield, (414) 423-1322
Ray's offers various different Friday fish options, all available for carry-out. 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 neighborhood tavern for a classic Milwaukee fish fry, prepared by Randy himself. Serving all-you-can-eat fish, including potato salad or fries, coleslaw and rye bread.

Saz's State House
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
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Since 1976, Saz's has been serving up a Friday night fish fry. Choose from breaded lake perch, Miller High Life beer battered Atlantic cod, or broiled cod. Fish fries are served with salted cocktail rye bread and butter, house slaw, tartar sauce, lemon wedge and choice of homemade German-style potato pancakes or sour cream and chive fries.

Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon
723 Hubertus Rd., Hubertus WI 53033
Sloppy Joe's Saloon and Spoon is a friendly neighborhood pub and grill that specializes in barbecue dishes from its top-notch smoker. The Friday fish fry includes all-you-can-eat beer battered haddock for $10.99.

Spitfires on State
5018 W. State St.
(414) 777-5060
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This local pub serves up one of the best bar fish fries in the city. Options include beer battered or breaded cod, baked cod, beer battered, breaded or garlic butter shrimp, a combination of cod and shrimp or the "Catch of the Day."

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 cod or pike, with potato pancakes, coleslaw and rye bread on the side.

North/Northwest Side/Suburbs

Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W Lexington Blvd., (414) 316-9583
If you're in the mood to spend the evening in a beautiful German Beer Hall, complete with lederhosen and drndl-donning waitstaff, the Bavarian Brewhouse might be your fish fry destination of choice. Enjoy beer battered walleye or cod that's deep fried to a golden brown; or opt for pan seared, if that's more your style. Either way, it's served with fries or potato pancakes, coleslaw and tartar sauce. There's also walleye almondine on the regular menu, served with vegetables and potatoes. Wash it all down with a nice cold lager and a piece of apple strudel.

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
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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
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 Cheel
105 S Main St, Thiensville (262) 236-9463
Looking for something a bit different? Try the Himalayan fish fry at the cheel in Thiensville which features owner Barkha Daily's family recipe for lightly breaded seasonal Meagre served with Himalayan coleslaw, saffron basmati rice, lemon and a Himalayan tartar sauce featuring capers, pickles and flavored with tamarind. Bonus: the breading on the fish is made with gram flour, yogurt and Himalayan seasonings, so it's naturally gluten-free.

110 Wisconsin Ave., West Bend, (262) 338-1195
Dublin's Friday fish fry includes a number of daily specials ranging from walleye to striped bass. But, it also has traditional beer-battered cod and chips served with a side of coleslaw. Friday fish fry specials are available from 4 to 10 p.m.

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

Want to enjoy your fish fry in a beautiful park along the Milwaukee River? Head out to the Hubbard Park Lodge, where you can get cod, perch, bluegill, tilapia and shrimp served with a choice of fries or potato pancakes, coleslaw, applesauce and rye bread.

Jack Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn
1319 E. Henry Clay St., Whitefish Bay, (414) 964-3800
At Jack Pandl's, fish fry includes a dinner roll, salad, coleslaw, potato or vegetables. As for the fish, you can choose from perch, whitefish (broiled or fried), cod and potato-crusted cod.

The Schwabenhof
N56 W14192 Silver Spring Dr., Menomonee Falls, (262) 252-4100
Read our Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
This popular fish fry has serving up the goods for over 30 years. Options include all-you-can-eat cod or broasted chicken, or plates featuring fried perch or walleye. You can also indulge in their German Fest-famous potato pancakes.

Three Lions Pub
4515 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, (414) 763-6992
If you're looking for a more "across-the-pond"-influenced fish fry experience, check out this pub (owned and operated by two Englishmen). They're famous for its "English Fish & Chips" featuring beer battered Atlantic cod with chips (sorry, fries) and authentic mushy peas or coleslaw, if you prefer. Three Lions also offers daily fish specials during Lent.

Worth the Drive

The Golden Mast
W349 N5253 Lacy's Lane, Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
The Golden Mast has super high-quality fish – mostly cod – served with 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
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. And the Friday fish fry can't be beat. Eat at the bar or in the dining room either way, it will be delicious.

Mibb's & Viv's
7300 N. Lannon Rd., Lannon, (262) 251-4122
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
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

The Mineshaft is a gigantic place and serves 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

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
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.

Sheryl's Club 175
3545 Hwy. 175, Slinger, (262) 644-1750
[Read the Thank Cod It's Fryday review]
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, lake 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
Variety is the spice of life at this beer-focused restaurant. From sauteed seafood tacos to wild-caught grilled salmon, there's something for everyone – or you can opt for the High Speed Wit battered haddock served with coleslaw, old bay remoulade, frites, rye bread and a grilled lemon.

The Chancery
2100 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 549-1720
11046 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-3450
You can count on any Chancery location to serve a traditional Wisconsin fish fry seven nights a week, offering fried and breaded cod with tartar sauce, rye bread, slaw, tartar sauce and its famous waffle fries. It's delicious and the price ain't half bad, either.

George Webb
41 locations in Southeastern Wisconsin

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

2691 S, Kinnickinnic Ave., Bay View, (414) 294-0483
6519 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 585-0577

Looking for something a bit different? Try a new take on the Wisconsin classic at Hue. Offered every Friday at both locations, their version features turmeric-marinated, beer-battered swai served with garlic fried rice, cabbage slaw and Thai basil aioli.

Locations on St. Paul Ave., Wells St. near Marquette and in Mequon
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.

Churches and Centers

Boy Scout Troop 612
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 3722 S. 58th St., (414) 545-4316

Fried or baked fish is served with fries or parsley potatoes, coleslaw, bread, baked beans and dessert. Dinner is served 4 to 7 p.m.

Holy Family Parish
4825 N. Wildwood Ave., Whitefish Bay, (414) 332-8175

Deep-fried or baked cod and shrimp dinners include coleslaw, rye bread, choice of potato and dessert. Dinner is served 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Knights of Columbus
32 Badger Ave., (414) 764-1709
A dinner of fried or baked cod includes a salad bar and beverage. Carryouts are available. Dinner is served 4 to 7:30 p.m.

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

A dinner buffet includes fried and baked fish, pierogi, coleslaw, fries and rye bread. Dinner is served 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Pompeii Men's Club (April 3)
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St. (414) 324-6347
A buffer fundraiser for the city's charity work includes breaded and baked cod, potato pancakes, baked potatoes, french fries, popcorn shrimp, mostaccioli, coleslaw, tossed salad, Italian bread, watermelon wedges and dessert. Dinner is served 4 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Agnes Parish and School
12801 W. Fairmount Ave. (262) 781-9521
Dinner for $8, includes breaded cod, coleslaw, rye bread, and your choice of homemade shredded onions or french fries. Beverages and desserts are available for purchase. Dinner is served 4 to 7 p.m. Carry out is available.

St. Augustine of Hippo Catholic Church (third Friday of every month)
2530 S. Howell Ave., (414) 481-3242
Featuring your choice of hand-breaded cod, shrimp or poor man's lobster with real butter for an entree, fries, parsley potatoes or homemade potato pancakes for a side, hot vegetable, bread, famous coleslaw, and house made tartar sauce. Coffee and milk included with beer and soda for sale. Street and lot parking available enter church hall on Homer Street. Dinner served 4 to 7 p.m. Carry out available from noon to 1 p.m.

St. Bernadette Parish
8200 W. Denver Ave., (414) 358-4600
Enjoy this fabulous Fish Fry throughout the year in the Parish Hall. Included with the meal is coleslaw, fries, bread and coffee. Potato pancakes, soda, beer, milk, and desserts are available for purchase. Children's dinners (fish or chicken strips) and carry-outs are available. Online for more information. Dinner is served from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Sebastian Catholic Church
1740 N. 55th St., (414) 453-1061
Delicious and critically acclaimed, this dine-in or carry-out fish fry is sure to please. Dinner includes baked or fried cod buckets and dinners, soups and extras. Dinner is served 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

St. Stephen Catholic Church (Every Friday during Lent)
1441 W. Oakwood Road, Oak Creek, (414) 762-0552
Dinner includes fried and baked cod or fried shrimp with your choice of steak fries, parsley buttered potatoes or potato salad. Coleslaw, rye bread and butter, coffee or milk and dessert are also included. Clam chowder is available for an additional charge. Children's meal choices are grilled cheese or mac and cheese, both including steak fries and applesauce. Beer, wine and soda is also available. Dinner is served 4:30 to 7 p.m.


Drifter1430 | Nov. 2, 2019 at 7:11 a.m. (report)

Went to Amelia's on 724 E. Layton Ave. last night for the fish fry. Though they no longer have the all-you-can- eat option, the food was wonderful with many large serving choices. I'm partial to baked fish and even that option had several choices. All in all good food and a pleasant staff.

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Steveoz92 | Feb. 1, 2019 at 12:37 p.m. (report)

How can we get our fish fry added to the list? We at Emerald City Catering and Events 3555 S 13th St in Milw feature an all you can eat family style fish and chicken fry on Fridays from 4-9pm. Also we offer carry out. Thanks, Oz.

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