Fish Fry

You’ll see it on almost every menu in the city, but what’s Friday Fish Fry all about? Milwaukee was founded by predominantly Catholic European immigrants, so it’s no surprise that fish on Friday became a citywide offering year round. It’s still a tradition many families keep today! A classic fish fry includes a few pieces of fried fish (probably cod or perch) with a side of fries, coleslaw and rye bread. For an upgrade, try subbing in potato pancakes for fries.

  1. Café El Sol

    Latin-inspired Fish Fry

    Café El Sol

    A delicious Latin-inspired fish fry pairs with live music every Friday night. Order the fish dinner (fried or broiled) or get the popular fish fry dinner buffet.

    1028 S. 9th Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53204
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  2. Hubbard Park Lodge

    Beer Garden Fish Fry

    Hubbard Park Lodge

    This popular spot serves fish fry year round - during the summer months, grab yours to-go and take it outside to the adjacent beer garden for an “only in Milwaukee” experience.

    3565 N Morris Blvd
    Shorewood, WI • 53211
    (414) 332-4207
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  3. Kegel’s Inn

    Classic German Fish Fry

    Kegel’s Inn

    In addition to classic German favorites, this historic restaurant serves up an impressive array of fish fry options. Choose between cod, perch, walleye, blue gill, and shrimp, or try a little bit of everything with the seafood platter.

    5901 W National Ave
    West Allis, WI • 53214
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  4. Beer-Batter Fish Fry

    After taking one of the city’s most popular brewery tours, join the fun in the beer hall! Fish fried in a batter made with Lakefront’s own Eastside Dark is even tastier accompanied by a live polka band.

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  5. Leff’s Lucky Town

    Sports Bar Fish Fry

    Leff’s Lucky Town

    Get the traditional fish fry dinner at this popular sports bar, or get your seafood fix with a Cajun-seasoned cod or lobster salad sandwich. Don’t forget to start your meal with Leff’s famous “big ass pretzel.”

    7208 W. State Street
    Wauwatosa, WI • 53213
    (414) 258-9886
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  6. Old German Beer Hall

    Beer-Batted Fish Fry

    Old German Beer Hall

    A half-pound of Hofbrauhaus-battered cod is the perfect way to combine Wisconsin and German favorites in a totally Milwaukee way!

    1009 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
    Milwaukee, WI • 53203
    (414) 226-2728
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  7. On The Bayou

    Cajun Fish Fry

    On The Bayou

    Every Friday, take your tastebuds to New Orleans with a bottomless Cajun fish fry.

    2053 N Doctor M.L.K. Dr
    Milwaukee, WI • 53212
    (414) 509-8932
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  8. The Packing House

    Drive-Thru Fish Fry

    The Packing House

    This fish fry is so popular that it’s even offered by drive-through, but those who dine in will also get a cup of clam chowder with their meal.

    900 E Layton Ave
    Milwaukee, WI, WI • 53207
    (414) 483-5054
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  9. Swingin’ Door Exchange

    Pub-Style Fish Fry

    Swingin’ Door Exchange

    This hidden gem is tucked away downtown, but it still draws a big crowd eager for its highly popular Icelandic cod or perch fish fry.

    219 E. Michigan Street
    Milwaukee, WI • 53202
    (414) 276-8150
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