One of Wisconsin’s most beloved culinary traditions is the fish fry. Diners flock to restaurants to enjoy heaping plates of cod, walleye, lake perch and bluegill. Spring is peak fish fry season and Wisconsin taverns, restaurants and supper clubs are the place to be on Friday night. Fish frys draw a lively crowd – if you’re new to town, it’s one of the best ways to meet locals who are more than happy to share their favorite spots for fun. Plus, there’s nothing like fueling your Wisconsin travels with a hearty Wisconsin meal. All you need to enjoy a fish fry is an appetite for delicious food, but here are a few dining tips to ensure your night at the Friday fish fry is fabulous.
These events are popular! Seats fill up, so you may want to arrive a little early to ensure you get a table. Early dining not possible? No problem, just enjoy a beverage – in fact, in many throwback places, diners get seated by putting their name in at the bar.
Wet your whistle
Speaking of the bar, many fish fry connoisseurs believe that the only way to enjoy fish is with a special beverage. In Wisconsin, you can’t go wrong with a crisp beer that brings out the subtle character of the batter. Another old-school beverage choice: the brandy old fashioned. Whether you like it sweet or sour, it will be the perfect way to celebrate Friday in Wisconsin.
Don’t ignore the sides
The fish fry is about more than just the main attraction. Make sure you have a good appetite to enjoy every bit of deliciousness on your plate. Some of these restaurants serve some of the best fries you’ll ever eat, along with delectable hush puppies, creamy coleslaw, or perhaps, some potato pancakes.
Save room for dessert
This is probably wishful thinking, but if you have any appetite left at the end of the night, ask about the desserts. There’s nothing like a slice of homemade pie or cake to finish off the perfect Wisconsin fish fry. No appetite? Get two forks and a slice to share.
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