Winter has come and gone, Spring is here, which means fish fry season is in full swing. If you are looking for a great fish fry near you, or looking to journey off and try something new, I have put together a list of the top five places to visit in Southeastern, Wisconsin.
1) M.J. Stevens – Hartford, WI
5260 Aurora Rd
Hartford, WI 53027
From the minute you walk in to M.J. Stevens, you will be impressed with its old world charm. The stain glass and décor gives some visitors the feeling they have stepped back into a classic European establishment. The fish fries are lightly breaded and come in a variety of portion sizes to match your appetite. The prices are very reasonable which means visitors are able to keep both their stomach, and their wallet, full.
2) Wegner’s St. Martins Inn – Franklin, WI
11318 West St. Martins Rd.
Franklin, WI 53132
If you are looking for a classic beer battered cod, look no further than Wegner’s. Most locals know how good this fish is and it is evident from wait times that last up to two hours! However, fear not, there are three options for those that would prefer to avoid the long wait. The first option is to visit them for lunch. They serve lunch on Friday from 11:30a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and generally wait times are minimal. Option number two is to arrive early. They open their doors for dinner at 4:00pm, and if you get their early, you can avoid the long waits. The third option is to call in and place a carry out order. Because of the limited seating and long wait times, Wegner’s offers customers the ability to call in, place their order, and pick up their meal complete with fish, fries, cold slaw, and rye bread!
3) The Packing House – Milwaukee, WI
900 E. Layton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53207
The Packing House has a long and storied reputation as having an outstanding fish fry. Located on the North end of General Mitchell International Airport, the Packing House has become known as the place for Friday fish. The ambiance is classy which makes it a great place to bring a date, but also a good choice for entertaining a business associate or client. Because of their reputation, once again, arrive early or be prepared to wait.
4) Historic Turner Restaurant – Milwaukee, WI
1034 N 4TH St.
Milwaukee, WI 53203-1304
If you want a pub style fish fry, and the ability to enjoy downtown Milwaukee, Turner’s is the place. Located across the street from the Bradley Center, Turner’s is the place to go in Metro Milwaukee for a pub style plate of fish. Because it is relatively large, wait times are reasonable ranging from 15-45 minutes most of the time. However, it is recommended you call to inquire about wait times given the possibility of increased traffic, which is at times, attracted by various events taking place at both the Bradley Center and U.S. Cellular arena.
5) The Golden Mast – Okauchee, WI
W349 N5293 Lacy’s Ln
Okauchee, WI 53069
When it comes to food, The Golden Mast finds itself on top many lists, and the fish fry is no different. It leaves guests with a smile on their face, and for some, leftovers to enjoy the next day. The beautiful vistas of Okauchee Lake are even enhanced by the regal atmosphere on the inside. It is a perfect place to take a date, especially if your date appreciates a good fish fry. For those of you that are thinking, “This one is probably expensive”, you may be surprised when you stop in and give it a try!
If you are like me and love a good ol’ Friday fish fry, then I highly recommend giving these places a try.
Brian A. Peters, M.B.A., M.S.A.