Wisconsin embraces the fish fry as an expected and much-loved dining option on Fridays.
The meal need not look fancy: A plastic basket with deep-fried cod, fries, coleslaw and slice of rye works. So does broiled whitefish with potato pancakes, served with white linens. Perch, walleye and myriad other species hit the pan too.
Find a fish fry in casual to stylish settings in Wisconsin—and the weekly tradition goes beyond restaurants. Plenty of neighborhood bars and service clubs serve fish on Fridays too. Consider this range of settings, for starters.
Quirky Skaliwag’s in Algoma, produces gourmet dishes in a humble setting near Lake Michigan. Catch of the day? Maybe snapper or waloo. facebook.com/skaliwags
Dine light or choose all-you-can-eat at no-fuss Serb Hall, a longtime Milwaukee favorite. Check out the the drive-up window, too. americanserbmemorialhall.com
Twice-monthly fish fries at the VFW Post 8637 in Eagle River have long helped veterans. Cooks they serve baked, grilled or fried cod. eagleriver.org/events/vfw-fish-fry
Fishermen converge at Wendt’s, which faces Lake Winnebago at Van Dyne, to banter and indulge at this four-generation family business. wendtsonthelake.com
The many Bavarian specialties rival fish in popularity at the Dorf Haus in Roxbury. Make room for from-scratch fritters and German potato salad.
Mary Bergin of Madison is a longtime, Wisco-centric food writer whose Wisconsin Supper Club Cookbook is in its fifth printing.