Wisconsin Friday night fish fry10 of the best

By: Dennis Boyer - Wisconsinguide Magazine

Fish fries – a Wisconsin sampler

In the course of collecting folktales in Wisconsin for almost thirty years, I have sampled over a thousand fish fries. I found them in upscale private clubs and in spots that were bare bones rustic. There are thousands more I haven’t seen. WisconsinGuide writer Samm Dowell has picked my favorite – Molly’s Grill in Black River Falls. Here are some others I find “distinctive."

*#10 – Dave’s Who’s Inn – a young blue collar version of a fish fry/music club. 835 Indiana Avenue, Sheboygan.
*#9 – Doug’s Grand View Inn – classic northwoods spot with year-round outdoors sport enthusiasts. 22270 Highway 63, Grand View/Bayfield County.
*#8 – Longbranch Saloon – hard by the Marsh country, filled with tall tales and tongue-in-cheek whoppers.

Brings out an eclectic crowd. W1936 Eagle Road, Germania.
*#7 – Sportsman’s Grill – nestled in the east bank of the Mississippi River and a great place for soaking up river culture. Though not always available, the catfish platter is worth the trip. Highway 35, Ferryville.
*#6 – Lakefront Brewery – lively German-style hall, with a family atmosphere. Old Milwaukee flavor! 1872 N. Commerce Street, Milwaukee.
*#5 – VFW Post 2312 – solid Americana and plenty of living history. A great example of how fish fries build community. 1428 17th Street, Monroe.
*#4 – Green Lantern –
a retreat spot for visitors to the nearby Vietnam memorial at the Highground, the mood is quiet and the fare simple. Fish fry every day! 231 W. 7th Street, Neillsville.
*#3 – Hookers Resort – lazy summers and cozy winters. Heard my first Norwegian joke here. Highway V, Poynette, on Lake Wisconsin.
*#2 – Titletown Brewing –
rail depot nostalgia, classy atmosphere, and delectable perch. 200 Dousman Street, Green Bay.
*#1 – Polar Bear Pub and Eatery – farmers, construction workers, and card
players. Closest fish fry to my farm, with warm proprietor Linda presiding. Highway 39, Linden.

– Dennis Boyer

Dennis Boyer, author of regional lore like Gone Missing: A Supernatural Tour of the Great Lakes and Snow on the Rails: Tales of Heartland Railroading, also compiled Great Wisconsin Taverns.

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