5 Fish Fry Restaurants to Check Out in Milwaukee

How do you prefer your cod, deep-fried or baked?

March 5, 2019
Lakefront Brewery Fish Fry

On Fridays in Wisconsin, we eat fish! I learned this early on, in Sunday School, that we “can’t eat meat” on Fridays specifically during Lent. Why? I don’t know, I was told it was a sin. I later heard stories about how fisherman struggled to sell fish, so it was a political tactic to get us consuming more of it. Either way, it stuck and lucky for us in the Midwest, we do fish fries so well that it’s pretty much offered year-round.

If you were to ask my Dad where his favorite place to get a fish sandwich is, he’d probably say Culver’s and my older brother would likely say McDonald’s (at least as a kid, he always ordered the Filet-O-Fish). While there’s nothing wrong with the occasional fast-food option, the city of Milwaukee has so many places to check out; here’s a few to get you started:

1. Lakefront Brewery (Instagram: @LakefrontBrewery)

When I think of a classic cod-based fish fry, Lakefront Brewery is always first to come to mind! After all, their menu literally says “Award-Winning Fish Fry” and the countless people that talk it up is enough confirmation for me!

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2. St. Paul Fish Company (Instagram: @StPaulFishCompany)

Located within the Milwaukee Public Market, it’s literally got the word “Fish” in their restaurant’s title – if there’s any place to try a fish fry from, it would have to be them!

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3. The Packing House (Instagram: @PackingHouseMKE)

Nothing says convenience like a drive-thru window! Riggs was telling me how he frequently sees people lined up at the Packing House to get their fish fry. Important to note, if you’re using the drive-up for the first time, it’s a cash-only transaction.

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4. O’Lydia’s (Facebook: @OLydias)

I’m so used to grabbing a quick beer here and riding the shuttle down to Summerfest, happy to hear they also offer a strong fish fry! Cod, perch, bluegill – just a few options that they have on their menu. Plus, it’s March (St. Patrick’s Day) and O’Lydia’s is an Irish bar… if you needed another excuse to stop in.

Friday fish fry! ----❤️

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5. McBob’s (Facebook: @McBobsPub)

Speaking of Irish Pubs, McBob’s has a fish fry offered both on Wednesdays AND Fridays for Lunch and Dinner. One thing they make sure to point out on their menu, that really stands out is that their fish fry is always gluten-free with American fries and NO bread.

Dinner tonight was a super tasty fish fry @mcbobspubngrill. We shared the best homemade clam chowder around, and the fish fry with perch, grouper and walleye. Henry had chicken which was also delicious. yummy in our tummies.

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Bonus: Skybox Sports Bar (Instagram: @SkyboxMilwaukee)

Over a cookout conversation, I learned that this location offers $5 and $7 Friday fish fries! Who says a fish fry has to break the bank? You can also call ahead for pickup.

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Where’s your favorite place to get a good Fish Fry (in or outside of the city of Milwaukee)? Hit me up on social media at @JMattMke (same handle on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and Snapchat) to let me know!