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What the heck happened to the Serb Hall Fish fry?

Published Oct. 2, 2019

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?


5 Classic fish fries to try in the 414

Published April 14, 2017

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.


Milwaukee's best fish fry, 2014

Published Oct. 11, 2014

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.


School fairs let you shop for a perfect fit

Published Jan. 11, 2012

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.


First impressions of the new El Rey

Published Oct. 21, 2011

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's best fish fry, 2011: Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden

Published Oct. 16, 2011

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.


Family-style servings contribute to cozy dining

Published Oct. 13, 2010

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.


My go-to Milwaukee menu wish list

Published Oct. 12, 2010

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.


A fish fry lover's dream come true

Published Aug. 24, 2010

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.


Milwaukee's best fish fry, 2009: Lakefront Brewery

Published Oct. 11, 2009

For the third straight year, 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.


A party for your classic holiday sweater

Published Dec. 26, 2008

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's best fish fry, 2008: Lakefront Brewery

Published Oct. 17, 2008

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's best drive-through, 2008: Culver's

Published Oct. 11, 2008

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.