The Serb Hall fish fry has been on the short list of Milwaukee's best fish fries for more than 50 years. We went recently and it wasn't good. Now we're wondering: was it ever that great?
What makes a classic fish fry? Well, that depends who you ask. For us, it's about a great old-school atmosphere, delicious fish and friends to share it with. Here are five to try on this Good Friday eve.
Milwaukeeans certainly love a good fish fry. And when it comes to the best in the city, there's one in particular that locals have declared, year after year, as the finest Friday fish fry in the area.
With the start of the new year comes a renewed focus on schools. Milwaukee Public Schools opened its enrollment period on Monday and many other districts are also signing up students in coming weeks for autumn. If you don't have a school or three that you want to tour, the GreatSchools Milwaukee School Fairs offer a means to narrow down your options.
The new El Rey, across the street from Serb Hall has a clean, new feel to it, but lacks some of the character that exists at the other locations.
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.
For some, eating "family style" at home is a rarity. Thanks to busy schedules and demanding jobs, a lot of families eat together a few times -- or less -- per week. For some, eating at restaurants that serve meals family style adds even more of a "down-home" experience.
I love trying new restaurants, but like most people, I have my go-to places. This morning I was thinking about my go-to favorites on Milwaukee menus. Put these all together and maybe it would qualify as my dream meal.
Great news fish lovers. Not only do you not have to wait until Friday to enjoy your beloved fish fry this week, but on Wednesday and Thursday, from 3 to 10 p.m., State Fair Park hosts Milwaukee's Largest Fish Fry.
Slashfood has a feature on Milwaukee today. It features many prominent local names.
American Serb Memorial Hall is ready to serve more than 440 fish fries every hour this Good Friday.
For the third straight year, OnMilwaukee.com readers chose Lakefront Palm Garden as the best place in the city to fill their tank with tartar sauce. Lakefront gathered more than 21 percent of the votes in this popular category, which attracted many write-in votes for establishments in every corner of the city. Lakefront's popularity is based on the atmosphere as well as the beer batter. Diners are seated "family style" at large tables, and entertained by the Brewhaus Polka Kings, who gig in lederhosen and strapped with accordions from 6 to 9 p.m.
I tried to determine if this was indeed a Sunday morning Christmas party or possibly the remnants of an all night party the night before. Either way, the group was complete with Santa Clause in a stuffed suit, gaudy sweaters matched with pink sweat pants, sleeveless snowman vests with bare arms and turtlenecks or dickeys covering every neck.
Milwaukee loves a fish fry, but they can be pretty similar. Cod. Perch. Cole slaw. French fries. Potato pancakes. When it came time to pick a favorite, though, our readers decided to emphasize the entire dining experience at Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden. The Brewhaus Polka Kings, with accordions and lederhosen, helped sway the voters.
Milwaukee is an underrated restaurant town with literally hundreds of places to sit down for an intriguing, satisfying meal. Sometimes, there just isn't time. Sometimes, you need to grab something to go. Because so many of us are pressed for time, we decided to include drive-through restaurants in our Best Dining poll for 2008. The winner, with nearly 25 percent of the vote, was Culver's.