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 Wisconsin Fish Fry Introduction
 
 
Battered in Mystery - The Origins of the Friday Fish Fry
 
 The coolest of Cool Dadio fish frys - Dadio's favorite 56

 Ongoing list of fish frys as visited

 Fish frys by city

 Alphabetical list of fish frys

 Dearly departed fish frys



                                 
                              The coolest of Cool Dadio fish frys

 (Below find a random ordered list of 56 of Cool Dadio's favorite fish frys - all in the process of being revisited (Redux)*  -  perhaps we'll make a book  - there is no order of preference - you as the readers and fish fry enthusiasts can decide for yourselves)

         Saint Patrick's Congregational School - (Redux) - Janesville

         Glarner Stube - (Redux 3) New Glarus

         The Lake House Inn - (Redux) Newville

         Tubby's Too - ( Redux ) Richmond, Wisconsin  WordPress backup

         The Fireside Dinner Theatre  - (ReduxFort Atkinson

         Wegner's St. Martins Inn - Franklin

         Saint Peter's Parish - (Redux) Ashton

         Norm's Hideway Bar and Grill - Fort Atkinson

         Elias Inn Supper Club - (Redux) Watertown

         Steve and Holly's10 (Redux) - Janesville

         Toby's Supper Club - Madison

         VFW Post 328 - Stoughton

         Hilltop Inn - Cross Plains

         Maasz's North Shore Inn (Redux) - Fort Atkinson

         Randy's Restaurant and Fun Hunter's Brewery - Whitewater

         Benedetti's Supper Club - Beloit

         Anthony's Steak House - Lake Geneva

         The Buckhorn Supper Club - Milton (Charley Bluff)

         Turner Hall (winter months) - Watertown         

         Mouse Tavern and Restaurant20 - Beloit

         American Legion Post 288 - South Beloit, Illinois 

         New Glarus Hotel Restaurant - New Glarus

         The Stagecoach Inn - Fort Atkinson

         Sizzlin' Grill (Redux)- Janesville

         Foley's Irish Woods - Lake Geneva

         Gene Bennett's Meadowood Country Club - Madison

         Helgesen's Harpos on Eleven (Redux) Janesville West

         Crandall's - Hebron, Illinois

         Fib's Restaurant - Rockton, Illinois

         Abell's Country Lunch and Tavern30 - Elkhorn

         Friendly Tavern - (Redux) - Portage

         Aztalan Inn Bar & Grill (Redux) - Aztalan

         American Serb Hall (Redux) - Milwaukee

         The Butterfly Club - Beloit

         Squidy's - Palmyra

         Scuttlebutts Restaurant - Lake Geneva

         Wayside Inn - Jefferson

         Todd's Grill - Oconomowoc

         Lindberg's by the River - Watertown

         Fredrick's Supper Club40 - Milton

         North Bristol Sportsman's Club - North Bristol 

         Beach House Resturant and Bar - McFarland

         Hawks View Golf Club - Lake Geneva

         Ding-A-Ling - Hanover

         White Oak - ( Redux ) - Janesville  WordPress backup

         Milton Masonic Hall (annual) (Redux) - Milton

         Capn's Roadhouse - Fort Atkinson

         Pitcher's Mound - ( Redux ) Beloit

         Lori's Bar & Grill - (Redux) Lamartine

         The Tee Pee Supper Club50 - Tomah

         Charley O's - Elkhorn

         Crawfish Junction - Milford

         Anna Maria's - South Beloit, Illinois

         Fish Day 2013 (Redux) (annual) - Port Washington

         Billy's Sand Trap - Brodhead

         Chat-R-Box - Kellner


                                      
                                     Ongoing list of fish frys

 (Click on the Daily Dadio Blog Fish Fry List to see reviews on all fish frys on the blog list; or, click on the links listed below to read the postings)

                  The most recent fish fry visit is always listed first, in lieu of alphabetic order:


 Richfield -
The Hairy Lemon Irish Pub

 
Richmond, Wisconsin - Tubby's Too ( Redux )

 Janesville - White Oak ( Redux 3 ) ( a place so nice, we've been there way more than twice )

 Janesville -  
White Oak - ( Redux ) -  WordPress backup

 Janesville -
Some Other Place

 Milton -
Lucy's Hideaway

 Beloit - Pitcher's Mound ( Redux )

 Jefferson -
Edgewater Supper Club

 Janesville - Wedges ( Redux )

 Fall River - Casino Supper Club

 Newville - Lake House Inn ( Redux 3 )

 Hollandale - Country Side Lanes

 Janesville -
Quotes Bar & Grill

 Kellner - Chat-R-Box Cafe

 New Glarus - Glarner Stube (Redux 4)

 Mineral Point - Toni's Tap Bar & Grill

 Hanover - Ding-A-Ling Supper Club (Redux)

 Whitewater230 - Whitewater Country Club

 Brodhead - Billy's Sand Trap

 Jefferson - Fairview Sports Bar

 Iron Ridge - 116th Dodge County Firefighters Association Tournament

 Sullivan - The Sullivan Saloon

 Orfordville - Stables Bar & Grill

 Rockton, Illinois - Rockton Inn

 Port Washington - Fish Day 2013 (Redux) (annual)

 West Bend - The Olde Cedar Inn

 Roscoe, Illinois - Firehouse Pub

 Janesville - Sizzlin' Grill (Redux)

 Waterford - Cotton Exchange

 Oconomowoc
220 - Ron's Cozy Corner

 Monroe -
Suisse Haus

 Milford -
Crawfish Junction

 Edgerton - Ray's Resturant

 Tomah - The Tee Pee Supper Club

 Janesville - Steve & Holly's (Redux)

 Wales - Finn's Bar and Grill

 Cambridge - Mink Farm Tavern

 Lamartine*Lori's Bar and Grill (Redux)

 Beloit - Pitcher's Mound

 Fort Atkinson - Capn's Roadhouse

 Whitewater - Lake Front Pub

 Newville*Lake House Inn (Redux)

 South Beloit, Illinois210 - Nardo's Cafe

 Fort Atkinson*The Fireside Dinner Theatre (Redux)

 McFarland - Beach House Resturant and Bar

 Lake Geneva - Hawks View Golf Club

 Watertown - Deeg's Restaurant and Grill & Bar

 Beloit - Jerry's Cafe

 
South Beloit, Illinois - Marry's Place

 Beloit - Jersey's Bar & Grill

 Milton* - Milton Masonic Hall (annual) (Redux)

 Oconomowoc - Saint Jerome Knights of Columbus

 Delafield - Revere's Wells Street Tavern

 Beloit - The Rock Bar & Grill

 New Glarus*Glarner Stube (Redux 3)

 Janesville200Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

 North Bristol - North Bristol Sportsman's Club (Saturday Smelt Fry)

 Paoli - 
Paoli Pub and Grill

 Delavan - Elizabeth's Cafe

 Watertown - Steve's Bar

 Milton - Fredrick's Supper Club

 Watertown - Lindberg's by the River

 Watertown - Bigg's Bar & Grill

 Oconomowoc - Todd's Grill

 Palmyra - Squidy's

 Milwaukee190American Serb Hall (Redux)

 Deerfield - The Pickle Tree Restaurant

 Elkhorn - Sperino's Little Italy

 Janesville West*Helgesen's Harpos (Redux)

 Aztalan* - Aztalan Inn Bar & Grill (Redux)

 Lake Geneva - Next Door Pub & Pizzeria

 Clinton - Sundown Cafe

 Ashton*Saint Peter's Parish (Redux)


 Fort Atkinson*Maasz's North Shore Inn (Redux)


 Helenville - Wingin' It Bar and Grill

 Rockdale - Heather's Rockdale Bar and Grill

 Portage - Friendly Tavern (Redux)

 Janesville*Saint Patrick's Congegational School (Redux) (monthly during fall/winter)

 Evansville - Evansville Golf Club

 Darien - American Legion Post 450 (monthly)

 Poynette180Owl's Nest

 Middleton - Boy Scout Troop 140 (Good Neighbor Festival) (annual)

 Lake Geneva - Anthony's Steak House

 Elkhorn - The Chalet (rural Walworth County)

 Elkhorn - Fiddlesticks Cafe

 Clinton - Clinton Kitchen

 Elkhorn - Calabria Family Restaruant

 Janesville - TAASBAG

 Fort Atkinson - Fat Boyz

 Milton - Milton Family Restaruant

 Whitewater170Jessica's Family Restaurant

 Newville - Anchor Inn

 Newville - Pettit's Lakeview Campground & Beach Bar

 Edgerton - Pit Stop of Edgerton

 Cambridge - Hering's Lake Ripley Inn

 Newville - Blue gilly's pancake pier & lunch dock

 Riley's Point (Sturgeon Bay) - Sunset Grill

 Lamartine - Lori's Bar & Grill

 South Beloit, Illinois - Anna Maria's 

 Pipersville - 
Donny's Girl Supper Club

 Utica160Utica Bar

 WatertownTurner Hall (winter months)

 Stoughton - Coachman's Golf Resort 

 Watertown -
 Saint Bernard's Catholic Church (spring / Easter)

 Dane - Saint Michael Catholic Parish (winter months)

 Afton - Skip's Friendly Village Tavern

 Evansville - Pete's Inn

 Janesville - Sneakers Sports Bar & Grill

 Janesville - Wedges

 Janesville - Speakeasy Lounge and Restaurant

 Baraboo150Saint Joseph Catholic Parish (winter months)

 Footville - Willie's Pub & Grill (Bass Creek Golf Club)

 Janesville - Bazinga Classic Pub & Grille (formerly Jumbo's)

 Janesville - A & W 

 Monona - 
Immaculate Heart of Mary School (winter months)

 Stoughton - VFW Post 328

 Monroe - Zilmer-Riley American Legion Post 84

 Edgerton - The Winchester Family Restaurant

 South Beloit, Illinois - American Legion Post 288

 Beloit - Cafe Belwah

 Milton140Red Zone

 Orfordville - Villa Pizza & Family Restaurant

 Janesville - Alfresco Cafe & Lounge

 Monona - Tully's II Food & Spirits

 Beloit - Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church (winter months)

 Beloit - 
Mouse Tavern and Restaurant

 Delavan - Lookout Bar & Eatery (Lake Lawn Resort)

 Delavan - 
Elks Lodge 2201 

 Eagle - 
St. Theresa's Catholic Church (winter months)

 Delavan -
 Greenie's Clubhouse (Delbrook Golf Course)

 Janesville
130Elks Lodge 254 (monthly)

 Darien - 
Vegas Gentlemen's Club 

 Delavan - 
The Village Supper Club

 Milton - The Gathering Place (periodic)

 Delavan - 
South Shore Bar & Grill

 Madison - Laurel Tavern

 Lake Geneva (Lake Como) - In the Drink Bar & Grille

 Madison - Feiler's Restaurant

 Port Washington - Fish Day 2011 (annual) 

 Elkhorn - 
Charley O's

 Indianford120Cast Away Tavern

 Elkhorn - 
Evergreen Golf Club

 Madison - Vintage Spirits & Grill

 Beloit - Road Dawg Family Restaurant

 Edgerton - Convoy's Bar & Grill (formerly Hanson's DNA Bar & Grill)

 Oak Creek - 
Erv's Mug

 Madison - Tornado Steak House

 Fontana - The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar at The Abbey Resort

 Madison - Wando's Bar

 Janesville - Road Dawg Saloon & Eatery

 Madison110VFW Post 7591 

 Milton - 
Saint Mary Catholic Church (annual) 

 Janesville - 
Game Day Sports Bar & Grill (the former Overtime Tap)

 Madison - 
Dexter's Pub

 Janesville - Beef Brothers

 Janesville - Kealy's Airport Kafe

 Fort Atkinson - Paddy Coughlin's Irish Pub

 Janesville - O'Riley & Conway's Irish Pub

 Madison - Kavanaugh's Esquire Club

 Lake Geneva - Foley's Irish Woods

 Wisconsin Dells100Rivers Edge Pub & Grub

 Fort Atkinson - 
Koshkonong Mounds Country Club

 Janesville - HHFFRRRGGH Inn

 Janesville - Moose Lodge 197 (public, semi-annual) (members, weekly)

 Williams Bay - 
Harpoon Willie's

 Lake Geneva - Scuttlebutts Restaurant

 Lake Geneva - Champs Sports Bar and Grill

 Lake Geneva (Lake Como) - Freddie's West End

 Rockton, Illinois - Fib's Restaurant

 Beloit - The New Liberty Inn

 Darien90Nelson's Corner Inn

 Whitewater - 
Rick's Eastside Pub & Grill

 Beloit - CarTUNES Grill & Bar

 Lake Geneva - 
Popeye's on Lake Geneva

 Janesville - Fantastic Fish Fry Fundraiser  (tentative annual)

 Watertown - (Redux) Elias Inn Supper Club

 New Glarus - Tofflers Pub & Grill

 DarienDeb's Country Cafe

 New Glarus - New Glarus Hotel Restaurant

 Rockford, Illinois - Thunder Bay Grille

 Delavan80New Horizons Sports Cafe

 Milwaukee - Steny's Tavern and Grill

 Jefferson - Wayside Inn

 Appleton - American Legion Post 38

 
Milton - Caddy Shack Golf Center, and Gopher's Bar and Grill

 Beaver Dam - Walker's Restaurant Bakery and Coffee Shop

 
Richmond, Wisconsin - The Duck Inn

 Janesville - Hanna's Best Deli & Bakery

 
Sauk City - Green Acres Restaurant

 Fort Atkinson - The Fireside Dinner Theatre 


 Janesville70The Looking Glass


 Janesville - Jim's Pizzeria


 Fort Atkinson - Maasz's North Shore Inn 


 Janesville - Bobble Head's Sports Bar & Grill


 Franklin - Wegner's St. Martins Inn


 McFarland - Park Side Pub


 Madison - Wilson's Bar and Grill


 Elkhorn - Abell's Country Lunch and Tavern


 Janesville -
 The Cursing Stone (Glen Erin Golf Club)

 
New Glarus*Glarner Stube (Redux)

 
Newville - Emigail's Roadhouse

 Beloit60
Alibi Bar and Grill

 Beloit - The Butterfly Club

 Milton - Milton Masonic Hall (annual)


 Aztalan (Lake Mills) - 
Aztalan Inn Bar & Grill

 Fort Atkinson - 
Norm's Hideway Bar and Grill

 Edgerton - Saint John's Lutheran Church (annual)


 Rome, Wisconsin - Ley's Bark River Lanes


 Beloit - Bushel & Peck's


 Fort Atkinson - Sammy's Place Restaurant 


 Fort Atkinson - Belmont Casino


 Madison50Gene Bennett's Meadowood Country Club


 Cross Plains - Hilltop Inn


 Milton - 
Junction Pub

 Janesville
Pit Stop BBQ and Deli

 Whitewater - Saxe's Lonestar 


 Delavan - 
Pirate's Cove 

 Hebron, IllinoisCrandall's 

 Janesville - Time Out Pub and Eatery


 Milton - Varsity Lanes

 Janesville - Saint Patrick's Congregational School (montly during fall/winter months)

 Madison40VFW Post 8483

 Janesville - Sizzlin' Grill
 
 Milton (Charley Bluff) -  
The Buckhorn Supper Club


 Janesville - Steve and Holly's (the former Cherry's)

 
Milton - Newville - Milton - Deb's Squeeze Inn (now relocated back to Milton)

 
Janesville - The Watering Hole

 McFarland - 
The Green Lantern Restaurant and Bar 
 
 Fort Atkinson - Black Hawk Tavern and Grill 
 
 Turtle Lake (Delavan) - 
Snug Harbor 
 
 Belleville - 
Borland's Tavern 
 
 Madison30
Toby's Supper Club 

 
 Orfordville - 
Knute's Bar and Grill 
 
 Fort Atkinson - 
The Stagecoach Inn 

 
 Beloit - 
Marine Corps League  
 
 Beloit - 
Hansen's Bar and Grill

 
 Lake Geneva (Lake Como) - Mars Resort
  
 Clinton - Boxcar's Pub and Gru(g)
 
 Milton (Charley Bluff) - 
DJ's Shortstop
 
 New Glarus - 
Glarner Stube
 
 Janesville - 
VFW Post 1621

 
 Janesville20Charlie's Place
 
 Janesville - Milwaukee Grill Inc.

 
 Janesville*Overtime Tap (now Game Day Sports Bar & Grill)
 
 Janesville - My Apartment Restaurant and Lounge
 
 Janesville - Kealy's Kafe
 
 Whitewater - 
Randy's Restaurant and Fun Hunter's Brewery
 
 Darien - 
Countryside Restaurant

 
 Madison - Brothers Three Bar and Grill
 
 Ashton - Saint Peter's Parish (winter months)
 
 Palmyra -  The Nite Cap Inn
 
 Madison -
 The Avenue Bar
 
 Janesville West10 - Helgesen's Harpos on Eleven

 
 Janesville - 
White Oak     WordPress backup
 
 Shopiere - Shopiere Bar and Grill

 
 Beloit - Benedetti's Supper Club

 
 Indianford -
 
The Edgewater Inn
 
 JohnstownPrairie Woods Golf Course
 
 Hanover
Ding-A-Ling

 Newville
The Lake House Inn
 
 JanesvilleRuss's Park Place
 
 Richmond, Wisconsin -
Tubby's Too    WordPress backup



                                                     
                                                    Fish Frys by city

 Afton - Skip's Friendly Village Tavern

 Ashton - Saint Peter's Parish (winter months)

 Appleton - American Legion Post 38

 Aztalan (Lake Mills) - Aztalan Inn Bar & Grill

 Baraboo - Saint Joseph Catholic Parish (winter months)

 Beloit - Alibi Bar and Grill

 Beloit - Benedetti's Supper Club

 Beloit - Bushel & Peck's

 Beloit - The Butterfly Club


 Beloit - Cafe Belwah

 Beloit - CarTUNES Grill & Bar

 Beloit - Hansen's Bar and Grill

 Beloit - Jerry's Cafe

 Beloit - Jersey's Bar & Grill

 Beloit - Marine Corps League

 Beloit - Mouse Tavern and Restaurant

 Beloit - The New Liberty Inn

 Beloit - Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church (winter months)

 Beloit - Pitcher's Mound

 Beloit - Road Dawg Family Restaurant 

 Beloit - The Rock Bar & Grill

 Belleville - 
Borland's Tavern

 Beaver Dam - Walker's Restaurant Bakery and Coffee Shop

 Brodhead - Billy's Sand Trap

 Cambridge - Mink Farm Tavern

 Cambridge - Hering's Lake Ripley Inn

 Cross Plains - Hilltop Inn

 Clinton - Boxcar's Pub and Gru(g)

 Clinton - Clinton Kitchen

 ClintonSundown Cafe


 Dane - Saint Michael Catholic Parish (winter months)

 Darien - American Legion Post 450 (monthly)

 Darien - Countryside Restaurant

 DarienDeb's Country Cafe

 Darien - Nelson's Corner Inn

 Darien - Vegas Gentlemen's Club

 Deerfield - The Pickle Tree Restaurant

 Delafield - Revere's Wells Street Tavern

 Delavan - Elks Lodge 2201

 Delavan - Elizabeth's Cafe

 Delavan - Greenie's Clubhouse (Delbrook Golf Course)

 Delavan - Lookout Bar & Eatery (Lake Lawn Resort)

 Delavan - New Horizons Sports Cafe

 Delavan - Pirate's Cove

 Delavan - South Shore Bar & Grill

 Delavan - The Village Supper Club

 Eagle - St. Theresa's Catholic Church (winter months)

 Edgerton - Convoy's Bar & Grill (formerly Hanson's DNA Bar & Grill)

 Edgerton - Pit Stop of Edgerton

 Edgerton - Ray's Resturant

 Edgerton - Saint John's Lutheran Church (annual)

 Edgerton - The Winchester Family Restaurant

 Elkhorn - Abell's Country Lunch and Tavern

 Elkhorn - Calabria Family Restaruant

 Elkhorn - The Chalet (rural Walworth County)

 Elkhorn - Charley O's 

 Elkhorn - Evergreen Golf Club

 Elkhorn - 
Fiddlesticks Cafe

 Elkhorn - Sperino's Little Italy

 Evansville - Evansville Golf Club

 Evansville - Pete's Inn

 Fall River - Casino Supper Club

 Fort Atkinson - Belmont Casino

 Fort Atkinson - Black Hawk Tavern and Grill

 Fort Atkinson - Capn's Roadhouse

 Fort Atkinson - Fat Boyz

 Fort Atkinson - The Fireside Dinner Theatre 

 Fort Atkinson - Koshkonong Mounds Country Club

 Fort Atkinson - Maasz's North Shore Inn

 Fort Atkinson - Norm's Hideway Bar and Grill

 Fort Atkinson - Paddy Coughlin's Irish Pub

 Fort Atkinson - Sammy's Place Restaurant 

 Fort Atkinson - The Stagecoach Inn

 Fontana - The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar at The Abbey Resort

 Footville - Willie's Pub & Grill (Bass Creek Golf Club)

 Franklin - Wegner's St. Martins Inn

 HanoverDing-A-Ling

 Hebron, IllinoisCrandall's

 Helenville - Wingin' It Bar and Grill

 Hollandale - Country Side Lanes

 Indianford - Cast Away Tavern

 Indianford - The Edgewater Inn

 Iron Ridge - 116th Dodge County Firefighters Association Tournament

 Janesville - A & W

 Janesville - Alfresco Cafe & Lounge

 Janesville - Bazinga Classic Pub & Grille (formerly Jumbo's)

 Janesville - Beef Brothers

 Janesville - Bobble Head's Sports Bar & Grill

 Janesville - Charlie's Place

 Janesville - The Cursing Stone (Glen Erin Golf Club)

 Janesville - Elks Lodge 254 (monthly)

 Janesville - Hanna's Best Deli & Bakery

 Janesville (West) - Helgesen's Harpos on Eleven

 Janesville - Fantastic Fish Fry Fundraiser  (tentative annual)

 Janesville - Game Day Sports Bar & Grill (the former Overtime Tap)

 Janesville - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

 Janesville - HHFFRRRGGH Inn

 Janesville - Jim's Pizzeria

 Janesville - The Looking Glass

 Janesville - Kealy's Kafe

 Janesville - Kealy's Airport Kafe

 Janesville - Milwaukee Grill Inc.

 Janesville - Moose Lodge 197 (public, semi-annual) (members, weekly)

 Janesville - My Apartment Restaurant and Lounge

 Janesville - O'Riley & Conway's Irish Pub

 JanesvillePit Stop BBQ and Deli

 Janesville - Quotes Bar & Grill

 Janesville - Road Dawg Saloon & Eatery

 JanesvilleRuss's Park Place

 Janesville - Saint Patrick's Congegational School (monthly during fall/winter)

 Janesville - Sizzlin' Grill

 Janesville - Sneakers Sports Bar & Grill

 Janesville - Some Other Place

 Janesville - Speakeasy Lounge and Restaurant

 Janesville - Steve and Holly's

 Janesville - TAASBAG

 Janesville - Time Out Pub and Eatery

 Janesville - VFW Post 1621

 Janesville - The Watering Hole

 Janesville - Wedges

 Janesville - White Oak


 Jefferson - Edgewater Supper Club

 Jefferson - Fairview Sports Bar

 Jefferson - Wayside Inn

 JohnstownPrairie Woods Golf Course

 Kellner - Chat-R-Box Cafe

 Lake Geneva - Anthony's Steak House

 Lake Geneva - Champs Sports Bar and Grill

 Lake Geneva - Foley's Irish Woods

 Lake Geneva (Lake Como) - Freddie's West End

 Lake Geneva - Hawks View Golf Club

 Lake Geneva (Lake Como) - In the Drink Bar & Grille

 Lake Geneva (Lake Como) - Mars Resort

 Lake Geneva - Next Door Pub & Pizzeria

 Lake Geneva - Popeye's on Lake Geneva

 Lake Geneva - Scuttlebutts Restaurant

 Lamartine - Lori's Bar & Grill

 Madison - The Avenue Bar

 Madison - Brothers Three Bar and Grill

 Madison - Dexter's Pub

 Madison - Feiler's Restaurant

 Madison - Gene Bennett's Meadowood Country Club

 Madison - Kavanaugh's Esquire Club

 Madison - Laurel Tavern

 Madison - Toby's Supper Club

 Madison - Tornado Steak House

 Madison - VFW Post 7591

 Madison - VFW Post 8483

 Madison - Vintage Spirits & Grill

 Madison - Wando's Bar

 Madison - Wilson's Bar and Grill

 McFarland - Beach House Resturant and Bar

 McFarland - The Green Lantern Restaurant and Bar

 McFarland - Park Side Pub

 Middleton - Boy Scout Troop 140 (Good Neighbor Festival) (annual)

 Milford - Crawfish Junction

 Milton (Charley Bluff) - DJ's Shortstop

 Milton (Charley Bluff) -  The Buckhorn Supper Club

 Milton - Caddy Shack Golf Center, and Gopher's Bar and Grill

 Milton - Deb's Squeeze Inn

 Milton - Fredrick's Supper Club

 Milton - The Gathering Place (periodic)

 Milton - Junction Pub

 Milton - Lucey's Hideaway

 Milton - Milton Masonic Hall (annual)

 Milton - Milton Family Restaruant

 Milton - Red Zone

 Milton - Saint Mary Catholic Church (annual)

 Milton - Varsity Lanes

 Milwaukee - American Serb Hall

 Milwaukee - Steny's Tavern and Grill

 Mineral Point - Toni's Tap Bar & Grill

 Monona - Immaculate Heart of Mary School (winter months)

 Monona - Tully's II Food & Spirits

 Monroe - Suisse Haus

 Monroe - VFW Post 2312

 Monroe - Zilmer-Riley American Legion Post 84

 New Glarus - Glarner Stube

 New Glarus - New Glarus Hotel Restaurant

 New Glarus - Tofflers Pub & Grill

 Newville - Anchor Inn

 
Newville - Emigail's Roadhouse

 NewvilleThe Lake House Inn

 Newville - Blue gilly's pancake pier & lunch dock

 Newville - Pettit's Lakeview Campground & Beach Bar

 North Bristol - North Bristol Sportsman's Club (Saturday Smelt Fry)

 Oak Creek - Erv's Mug

 Oconomowoc - Ron's Cozy Corner

 Oconomowoc - Saint Jerome Knights of Columbus

 Oconomowoc - Todd's Grill

 Orfordville - Knute's Bar and Grill

 Orfordville - Stables Bar & Grill

 Orfordville - Villa Pizza & Family Restaurant

 Palmyra - The Nite Cap Inn

 Palmyra - Squidy's

 Paoli - Paoli Pub and Grill 

 Pipersville - Donny's Girl Supper Club

 Port Washington - Fish Day 2011 (annual)

 Portage - Friendly Tavern

 Poynette - Owl's Nest

 Richfield - The Hairy Lemon Irish Pub

 Richmond, Wisconsin - The Duck Inn

 Richmond, Wisconsin - Tubby's Too   WordPress backup

 Riley's Point (Sturgeon Bay) - Sunset Grill

 Rockdale - Heather's Rockdale Bar and Grill

 Rockford, Illinois - Thunder Bay Grille

 Rockton, Illinois - Fib's Restaurant

 Rockton, Illinois - Rockton Inn

 Rome, Wisconsin - Ley's Bark River Lanes

 Roscoe, Illinois - Firehouse Pub

 Sauk City - Green Acres Restaurant

 Shopiere - Shopiere Bar and Grill

 South Beloit, Illinois - American Legion Post 288

 South Beloit, Illinois - Anna Maria's

 South Beloit, Illinois - Mary's Place

 South Beloit, Illinois - Nardo's Cafe

 Stoughton - Coachman's Golf Resort

 Stoughton - VFW Post 328

 Sullivan - The Sullivan Saloon

 Tomah - The Tee Pee Supper Club

 Turtle Lake (Delavan) - Snug Harbor

 Utica - Utica Bar

 Wales - Finn's Bar and Grill

 Waterford - Cotton Exchange

 Watertown - Bigg's Bar & Grill

 Watertown - Deeg's Restaurant and Grill & Bar

 Watertown - Elias Inn Supper Club

 Watertown - Lindberg's by the River

 Watertown - Saint Bernard's Catholic Church (spring / Easter)

 Watertown - Turner Hall (winter months)

 Watertown - Steve's Bar

 West Bend - The Olde Cedar Inn

 Williams Bay - Harpoon Willie's

 Wisconsin Dells - Rivers Edge Pub & Grub

 Whitewater - Jessica's Family Restaurant

 Whitewater - Lake Front Pub

 Whitewater - Randy's Restaurant and Fun Hunter's Brewery

 Whitewater - Rick's Eastside Pub & Grill

 Whitewater - Saxe's Lonestar 

 Whitewater - Whitewater Country Club



                                            
                                           Alphabetical list of fish frys

                Below is an alphabetical list of the fish frys by business name, we have visited. 

           A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K   L  M  N  O   P  Q  R  S  T   U  V  W  X  Y  Z
 
 A

 A & W - Janesville

 Abell's Country Lunch and Tavern - Elkhorn

 Alibi Bar and Grill - Beloit

 Alfresco Cafe & Lounge - Janesville

 American Legion Post 38 - Appleton

 Zilmer-Riley American Legion Post 84 - Monroe

 American Legion Post 288 - South Beloit, Illinois

 American Legion Post 450 Darien (monthly)

 American Serb Hall - Milwaukee

 Anchor Inn - Newville

 Anna Maria's - South Beloit

 Anthony's Steak House - Lake Geneva

 The Avenue Bar - Madison

 Aztalan Inn Bar & Grill - Aztalan

  
 B

 Bazinga Classic Pub & Grille (formerly Jumbo's) - Janesville

 Beach House Resturant and Bar - McFarland

 Beef Brothers - Janesville

 Belmont Casino - Fort Atkinson

 Benedetti's Supper Club - Beloit

 Bennett's - Gene Bennett's Meadowood Country Club - Madison (also under "G")

 Bigg's Bar & Grill - Watertown

 Billy's Sand Trap - Brodhead

 Black Hawk Tavern and Grill - Fort Atkinson

 Blue gilly's pancake pier & lunch dock - Newville

 Bobble Head's Sports Bar & Grill - Janesville

 Borland's Tavern - Belleville

 Boxcar's Pub and Gru(g) - Clinton

 Boy Scout Troop 140 (Good Neighbor Festival) (annual) - Middleton

 Brothers Three Bar and Grill - Madison

 The Buckhorn Supper Club - Milton (Charley Bluff)

 Bushel & Peck's - Beloit

 The Butterfly Club - Beloit

  
 C
 
 Caddy Shack Golf Center, and Gopher's Bar and Grill - Milton

 Cafe Belwah - Beloit

 Calabria Family Restaruant - Elkhorn

 Capn's Roadhouse - Fort Atkinson

 CarTUNES Grill & Bar - Beloit

 Casino Supper Club - Fall River

 Cast Away Tavern - Indianford

 The Chalet (rural Walworth County) - Elkhorn

 Champs Sports Bar and Grill - Lake Geneva

 Charlie's Place - Janesville

 Charley O's - Elkhorn

 Chat-R-Box - Kellner

 Clinton Kitchen - Clinton

 Coachman's Golf Resort - Stoughton

 Convoy's Bar & Grill (formerly Hanson's DNA Bar & Grill) - Edgerton

 Cotton Exchange - Waterford

 Country Side Lanes - Hollandale

 Countryside Restaurant - Darien

 Crandall's - Hebron, Illinois -


 Crawfish Junction - Milford

 The Cursing Stone (Glen Erin Golf Club) - Janesville

 
 D

 Ding-A-Ling - Hanover

 DJ's Shortstop - Milton (Charley Bluff)

 
Deb's Country Cafe - Darien

 
Deb's Squeeze Inn - Milton

 
Deeg's Restaurant and Grill & Bar - Watertown

 116th Dodge County Firefighters Association Tournament - Iron Ridge

 
Dexter's Pub - Madison

 
Donny's Girl Supper Club - Pipersville

 
The Duck Inn - Richmond, Wisconsin

 
 E

 The Edgewater Inn - Indianford

 Edgewater Supper Club - Jefferson

 
Elias Inn Supper Club - Watertown

 Elizabeth's Cafe - Delavan

 
Elks Lodge 254 (monthly) - Janesville

 
Elks Lodge 2201 - Delavan

 
Emigail's Roadhouse - Newville

 
Erv's Mug - Oak Creek

 
Evansville Golf Club - Evansville

 
Evergreen Golf Club - Elkhorn

  
 F

 Fairview Sports Bar - Jefferson 
 
 
Fantastic Fish Fry Fundraiser  (tentative annual) - Janesville

 
Fat Boyz - Fort Atkinson

 
Feiler's Restaurant - Madison

 
Fib's Restaurant - Rockton, Illinois

 
Fiddlesticks Cafe - Elkhorn

 
Finn's Bar and Grill - Wales

 
Fish Day 2011 (annual) - Port Washington

 Firehouse Pub - Roscoe, Illinois

 
The Fireside Dinner Theatre  - Fort Atkinson

 
Foley's Irish Woods - Lake Geneva

 
Freddie's West End - Lake Geneva (Lake Como)

 Fredrick's Supper Club - Milton

 
Friendly Tavern - Portage

  
 G

 Game Day Sports Bar & Grill (the former Overtime Tap) - Janesville

 Gene Bennett's Meadowood Country Club* - Bennett's - Madison (also under "B")

 The Gathering Place (periodic) - Milton

 
Glarner Stube - New Glarus

 
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Janesville

 
Green Acres Restaurant - Sauk City

 
The Green Lantern Restaurant and Bar - McFarland

 
Greenie's Clubhouse (Delbrook Golf Course) - Delavan

  
 H

 The Hairy Lemon Irish Pub - Richfield

 Hanna's Best Deli & Bakery - Janesville

 
Hansen's Bar and Grill - Beloit

 
Harpoon Willie's - Williams Bay

 
Hawks View Golf Club - Lake Geneva

 
Heather's Rockdale Bar and Grill - Rockdale

 
Helgesen's Harpos on Eleven - Janesville West

 
HHFFRRRGGH Inn - Janesville

 
Hilltop Inn - Cross Plains

 
Hering's Lake Ripley Inn - Cambridge

  
 I

 Immaculate Heart of Mary School - Monona (winter months)

 In the Drink Bar & Grille - Lake Geneva (Lake Como)

  
 J

 Jerry's Cafe - Beloit

 
Jersey's Bar & Grill - Beloit

 
Jessica's Family Restaurant - Whitewater

 
Jim's Pizzeria - Janesville

 
Junction Pub - Milton

  
 K

 Kavanaugh's Esquire Club - Madison

 
Kealy's Kafe - Janesville

 
Kealy's Airport Kafe - Janesville

 
Knute's Bar and Grill - Orfordville

 
Koshkonong Mounds Country Club - Fort Atkinson

 
 L

 Lake Front Pub - Whitewater

 
The Lake House Inn - Newville

 
Laurel Tavern - Madison

 
Ley's Bark River Lanes - Rome, Wisconsin

 
Lindberg's by the River - Watertown

 
Lori's Bar & Grill - Lamartine

 Lucy's Hidaway - Milton

 
 M

 Maasz's North Shore Inn - Fort Atkinson

 
Marine Corps League - Beloit

 
Mary's Place - South Beloit, Illinois

 
Mars Resort - Lake Geneva (Lake Como)

 
Milton Family Restaruant - Milton

 
Milton Masonic Hall (annual) - Milton

 
Milwaukee Grill Inc. - Janesville

 
Mink Farm Tavern - Cambridge

 Moose Lodge 197 (public, semi-annual) (members, weekly) - Janesville

 Mouse Tavern and Restaurant - Beloit

 
My Apartment Restaurant and Lounge - Janesville

 
 N

 Nardo's Cafe - South Beloit

 
Nelson's Corner Inn - Darien

 
New Horizons Sports Cafe - Delavan

 
New Glarus Hotel Restaurant - New Glarus

 
The New Liberty Inn - Beliot

 
Next Door Pub & Pizzeria - Lake Geneva

 
The Nite Cap Inn - Palmyra

 
Norm's Hideway Bar and Grill - Fort Atkinson

 North Bristol Sportsman's Club (Saturday Smelt Fry) - North Bristol



 
 O

 The Olde Cedar Inn - West Bend

Owl's Nest - Poynette

 Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church (winter months) - Beloit

 O'Riley & Conway's Irish Pub - Janesville

 
 P

 Paddy Coughlin's Irish Pub - Fort Atkinson

 
Paoli Pub and Grill - Paoli

 
Park Side Pub - McFarland

 
Pete's Inn - Evansville

 
Pettit's Lakeview Campground & Beach Bar - Newville

 The Pickle Tree Restaurant - Deerfield

 
Pirate's Cove - Delavan

 
Pit Stop BBQ and Deli - Janesville

 
Pit Stop of Edgerton - Edgerton

 
Pitcher's Mound - Beloit

 
Popeye's on Lake Geneva - New Glarus

 
Prairie Woods Golf Course - Johnstown

 
 Q


 Quotes Bar & Grill - Janesville


 
 R

 Randy's Restaurant and Fun Hunter's Brewery - Whitewater

 Ray's Resturant - Edgerton

 
Red Zone - Milton

 
Revere's Wells Street Tavern - Delafield

 
Rick's Eastside Pub & Grill - Whitewater

 
Rivers Edge Pub & Grub - Wisconsin Dells

 
Road Dawg Family Restaurant - Beloit

 
Road Dawg Saloon & Eatery - Janesville

 Rockton Inn - Rockton, Illinois

 
The Rock Bar & Grill - Beloit

 Ron's Cozy Corner - Oconomowoc

 
Russ's Park Place - Janesville

 
 S

 Saint Bernard's Catholic Church (spring / Easter) - Watertown

 Saint Jerome Knights of Columbus - Oconomowoc

 
Saint John's Lutheran Church (annual) - Edgerton

 
Saint Joseph Catholic Parish (winter months) - Baraboo

 
Saint Mary Catholic Church (annual) - Milton

 
Saint Michael Catholic Parish (winter months) - Dane

 Saint Patrick's Congregational School (montly during fall/winter months) - Janesville

 Saint Peter's Parish (winter months) - Ashton

 
Saint Theresa's Catholic Church (winter months) - Eagle

 
Sammy's Place Restaurant - Fort Atkinson

 
Saxe's Lonestar  - Whitewater

 
Scuttlebutts Restaurant - Lake Geneva

 Serb Hall; American Serb Hall* - Milwaukee

 
Shopiere Bar and Grill - Shopiere

 
Sizzlin' Grill - Janesville

 
Skip's Friendly Village Tavern - Afton

 
Sneakers Sports Bar & Grill - Janesville

 
Snug Harbor - Turtle Lake (Delavan)

 Some Other Place - Janesville

 South Shore Bar & Grill - Delavan

 
Speakeasy Lounge and Restaurant - Janesville

 
Sperino's Little Italy - Elkhorn

 
Squidy's - Palmyra

 Stables Bar & Grill - Orfordville

 
The Stagecoach Inn - Fort Atkinson

 
Steny's Tavern and Grill - Milwaukee

 
Steve and Holly's - Janesville

 
Steve's Bar - Watertown

 Suisse Haus - Monroe

 The Sullivan Saloon - Sullivan

 
Sundown Cafe - Clinton

 
Sunset Grill - Riley's Point (Sturgeon Bay)


 
 T

 TAASBAG - Janesville

 
The Tee Pee Supper Club
- Tomah

 
Thunder Bay Grille - Rockford, Illinois

 
Time Out Pub and Eatery - Janesville

 
Toby's Supper Club - Madison

 
Todd's Grill - Oconomowoc

 
Tofflers Pub & Grill - New Glarus

 Toni's Tap Bar & Grill - Mineral Point

 
Tornado Steak House - Madison

 
Tubby's Too - Richmond, Wisconsin   WordPress backup

 
Tully's II Food & Spirits - Monona

 
Turner Hall (winter months) - Watertown



 
 U

 Utica Bar - Utica



 
 V

 Varsity Lanes - Milton

 
Vegas Gentlemen's Club - Darien

 
VFW Post 328 - Stoughton

 
VFW Post 1621 - Janesville

 
VFW Post 2312 - Monroe

 
VFW Post 7591 - Madison

 
VFW Post 8483 - Madison

 
Villa Pizza & Family Restaurant - Orfordville

 
The Village Supper Club - Delavan

 
Vintage Spirits & Grill - Madison

 
 W

 Wando's Bar - Madison

 
Walker's Restaurant Bakery and Coffee Shop - Beaver Dam

 
The Waterfront Restaurant & Bar at The Abbey Resort - Fontana

 
The Watering Hole - Janesville

 
Wayside Inn - Jefferson

 
Wedges - Janesville

 
Wegner's St. Martins Inn
 - Franklin

 
White Oak - Janesville

 Whitewater Country Club - Whitewater

 
Willie's Pub & Grill (Bass Creek Golf Club) - Footville

 
Wilson's Bar and Grill - Madison

 
The Winchester Family Restaurant - Edgerton

 
Wingin' It Bar and Grill - Helenville



 
 X





 
 Y




 
 Z

 Zilmer-Riley American Legion Post 84* - Monroe




                                             
                                            Dearly departed fish frys

 Beloit - Gun Club Restaurant (Recently burned down)

 Burlington - Cottonpicker (Property for sale)

 Delavan - Fred's Wagon Wheel

 Delavan - (the original) Lake Lawn Lodge (Reopened as Lake Lawn Resort)

 East Troy - Linden Terrace Supper Club (Long gone)

 Elkhorn - 
Moose Creek Bar and Grille (building empty)

 Elkhorn (rural) - White Horse (Building gone) 

 Edgerton - 
Hanson's DNA Bar and Grill (now Convoy's)

 Evansville - Angus Haus (Burned down)

 Fort Atkinson - Wood Lawn (Now Sammy's Place)

 Indianford - Tibbies (Long burned down)

 Janesville -
708 Club - (Building now empty)

 Janesville - Campi's Restaurant (Old building gone, now a bank) (The only fish fry we ever fell asleep at while waiting)

 Janesville - Cherry's Steak and Prime (Now Steve and Holly's)

 Janesville - Dool's Pub and Grub  (Building now used for different bar)

 Janesville - Oasis Restaurant (Complex gone - now a new Menards store)

 Janesville - Roherty's (Building now empty)

 Johnson Creek - The Gobbler (Famous for rotating floor)

 Lake Geneva (Lake Como) - Clubhouse Inn Restaurant (Now a sports bar)

 Lake Geneva - Hillmoor Country Club (Property in limbo)

 Lake Geneva - Silvano's (Empty for a time, rebuilt, now called Hemmingway's)

 Lake Mills - Pine Knoll Supper Club

 Lauderdale Lake - Sterlingworth (Now a condo)

 Merrimac - tavern supper club on river - had a woman's name - can't remember name - was very good dinner

 Milton - Buckaroo's BBQ and Buck Off Saloon (Liberty Station) (Closed due to fire)

 Milton - Sweney's Supper Club (Now Fredrick's Supper Club)
 
 Milton North The Owl's Club (Closed - building now empty)

 Milwaukee - supper club on ground floor of hotel near VA - can't remember name - was extraordinary

 Monroe - Peppercorn Cafe (Building now gone)


 Monroe - VFW Post 2312 (Now a private bar with a different name)

 Monticello - Monticello House (Building now empty)

 Newville - Red Apple (Now the world's larges Culver's)
 
 Richmond, Wisconsin - (the original) The Richmond House (Was reopened for a time under new ownership as The New Richmond House)

 Richmond, Wisconsin - New Richmond House Restaurant and Lounge (building now empty)

 Stoughton - Barber's Bay Inn 

 Williams Bay - (the original) Charlie O's (A new version is now in Elkhorn) 

 

  
 Wisconsin Fish Fry Introduction
   
   I originally explored the idea of reviewing Wisconsin Friday night fish frys back in technical college.  Madison Area Technical College offered a one-credit independent study option in journalism.  I was to present an idea to the Journalism faculty for approval.  When living somewhere other than Wisconsin, I always miss the Friday fish frys.  In regards to the independent study, I was already writing for the college paper and had this idea I could not get out of my head - review fish frys.  
   I thought the faculty would toss my idea in the trash because it was not a "lofty enough vision of journalistic contribution."  But, journalism instructor Mike Irwin thought different.  It turns out he specialized in rural journalism. That involves immersing one's self in the culture of rural and agricultural America and writing about it, to name only a couple dynamics of the specialty.  To my surprise he gave me the green light and I did the project and got an "A."  The credit transferred to the university and will forever sit on my Bachelor of Arts transcript.  
   Interestingly, at the time I also wrote scathing political opinion pieces for the college paper.  It was the era of Bill Clinton and Monica.  No one ever e-mailed or called me on the carpet for my opinions. However, once I missed getting a fish fry review in an issue of the paper and to my stunned amazement, people I had never met before - instructors, academic staff, students, and janitors - stopped me in the hallway and said they missed seeing the fish fry review in the paper.  It was then that I started to take colloquial culture much more serious. 
   Anyway, here's to you Mike Irwin. I am resurrecting an old love and local interest once again. 

 
- Bob Keith, June 28, 2006 -                                                            Back to top

  
 Battered in Mystery - The Origins of the Friday Fish Fry 

   
Natives of the Western Great Lakes area know the ritual of the Friday fish fry.  Almost anyone who has lived here more than a year has been to one.  But what's behind this tradition that ranks up there with the Bears-Packers rivalry in the hearts and minds of tens of thousands?  I am a fish fry fanatic myself, but couldn't tell you the history of it if my life depended on it.  Debbie Anderegg, co-owner of the Glarner Stube restaurant in New Glarus, Wisconsin says, "The fish fry has been around a long time and regardless of its origin, if you are a restaurateur in Wisconsin and do not offer one up, your customers are mighty disappointed."  True enough, I think because my wife Heide and I often have never even eaten a hamburger in some places if we find out they don't have a Friday fish fry.
   I set out to solve the mystery of the Friday phenomenon; but, something becomes immediately evident in my humble search.  For every source I inquire, I received another version of the origins of our beloved tradition.  My mother-in-law, Chris Miller, assures me her Catholic ancestors have a hand it with their observation of not eating meat on Fridays. Mary Robertson who I met while working in the rural emergency medical service (EMS) says it is surely her Kashube (Baltic Poles) ancestors from Jones Island in Milwaukee, whose fishermen and hospitality spurned the tradition.  
   Jeff Hagen in his book, Fry Me to the Moon, says four factors are key to this tradition: German Catholics; the Great Lakes; the introduction of the refrigeration truck (for efficient transportation of fish to rural taverns and inner city restaurants); and finally, the regional uniqueness of the family oriented tavern (when going out to eat, people often bring their kids in the bar also - not a big deal in Wisconsin). 
   I have a feeling that all the fish fry connoisseurs are on to something, but I'm tired of history for now.  So come join me for a series of reviews of some of the outstanding fish frys in Southern Wisconsin.

 
- this piece was written by Bob Keith and originally published in the Clarion, the Madison Area Technical College's newspaper, January 27, 2000 -
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 The Lake House Inn
      
   
   Photo by Bob Keith

   The Lake House Inn. Hidden a ways back off the Newville exit on the I-90 side of Lake Koshkonong sits The Lake House Inn. I actually grew up east of here a few miles - but I have to admit I never realized it existed until I got my driver license and started cruising around. Those of you who have grown up in one of Wisconsin's thousand of lake communities have got to appreciate this place. The front of the menu will give you a run down of the many things the Inn has been used for since the Civil War. The other night we used it for Friday night fish fry. 
   It is so popular on Friday night that I would'nt attempt it without reservations, especially after 6 p.m., unless you are just into hanging around for an hour and drinking in the bar. That is one of the first impressions I remember around 35 years ago when I first walked in the door - the huge old wooden bar. The dining room isn't one of the biggest I've ever been in but that does make it intimate especially with the great stone fire place on one end usually sporting a flame in the winter months. 
   They have lots of food offerings but this writing will just target the fish fry. The all-you-can-eat fried fish is $8.50. The fried fish is excellent and when you put your fork in, it just flakes apart. Yet, it still has a crispy quality. This is a big deal to us fish aficionados. Another little bonus is if you want more, boom - it is right there. Some places you seem to wait for ever for your extra all-you-can-eat piece of fish. 
   Coleslaw is also intricate to our fish fry experience and they always have a good crisp bowl. I like it because it has just the right moistness and is very smooth and cool to the taste, but still good and crunchy. It is also not too tart or green like some places present. It really amounts to what your taste preference is, but I've always liked the Lake House Inn's coleslaw. You also get a nice basket of bread accompanied by a half a stick of fresh cool butter. You get a choice of baked potato, fries, hash browns, or au gratins. I always error on the side of the au gratins. If you are a soup enthusiast, you should not be disappointed as you can get a great cup of French onion for a buck extra.     
   One little item, but also critical addition to a good fish fry is the tarter sauce. The Lake House Inn's tarter sauce is smooth and creamy and not too tart and is not full of chunks of vegetables as some places like to make it. A good presentation of tarter sauce and coleslaw can make or break a fish fry - it's the small details I think in a meal like this that add up to a bigger nice experience. They even make sure the lemon slice is fresh. Getting a soggy lemon slice is always annoying. 
   Take I-90 south about 25 minutes from the east side of Madison or 10 minutes north of Janesville and take the 163 exit (Newville). Go into Newville past the McDonald's (by the I-90 intersection) on Hwy 59 and take a left on Mallwood Drive. Shortly, take another left on to Hillside Road. After a quarter mile, take a right on Maple Beach Road. Go for a mile and look for the Inn to the left. They serve fish from about 4-10:00 p.m. on Fridays. Phone: (608) 884-4544. There is also an eight hundred listing: 1-800-545-7479.

 
- a potion of this piece was written by Bob Keith and originally published in the Clarion, the Madison Area Technical College's newspaper, February 25, 2000; it was updated on July 22, 2006: it was updated again on June 22, 2007 -

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 The Owl's Club - Milton North (Now Closed)

   Cool Dadio originally wrote about The Owl's Club on September 1, 2006. Last Friday Heide and I hopped in the Dadio Mobile and headed back out to my old stomping grounds between Whitewater, Fort', and Milton. 
   The Owl’s Club is located a few miles north of Milton, Wisconsin on the corner of Highway 26 and County N. Some sort of tavern called the Owl’s Club has been there as long as I can remember. That’s at least 50 years. The current owners are Greg Godfrey and Tami Fitzmaurice. 
   One of the reasons they make the Cool Dadio Friday fish fry list is they tend to a couple small details other places have let slip by the wayside. They have a neat little salad bar that comes with the fish fry. The potato salad, cold slaw, and seven-layer-salad have a home-made presentation about them. Anybody that bothers to make a seven-layer salad can’t be all that bad. It’s hard to describe home made, but you know it when you see and taste it. Rolls and butter also abundant on the salad bar. 
   They offer fried Walleye, beer-battered Cod, fried Perch, and fried Catfish. Any of the aforementioned fish dinners are eight Dollars. This is interesting because many places try to get a couple extra bucks for Walleye and Catfish. The Walleye I can understand but Catfish for extra cash is a stretch. The tartar sauce is smooth and not too tart. A lemon slice comes with the deal. That may not impress uppity supper club goers but it is a small detail that is often over looked by many places. 
   All the fish is fried to the right crispiness. It is one thing to offer all those fish options, it is another to cook them correctly. And for a tavern, the Owl’s Club does better that a lot of places in a more expensive category. 
   You can get potato pancakes or cheesy hash browns with your fish. Both have a home made timbre about them. Potato connoisseurs should not be disappointed. 
   One more little note is that no matter when I’ve been there and no matter how busy they are, the folks at the Owl’s Club are always pleasant. You don’t have to worry about being served by a sourpuss. 
   Often, while the fish fry is wrapping up, a band is warming up. So if you’re in the area and you don’t need your wallet beat to death, give the ol’ Owl’s Club a try. You shouldn’t be disappointed. 
   The Owl's Club is cool with Cool Dadio.
   They serve the fish on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Phone: (608) 868-3413.
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- by Bob Keith, September 1, 2006 - updated June 8, 2007 - 

  
 Tubby's Too

   
Last Friday Cool Dadio and Heide headed out on the teal and cream Harley to Tubby's Too Bar & Grill. Tubby's is the consummate Wisconsin Tavern. It is out in the lake country of Southern Wisconsin in Walworth County. It is a small place but the peoples' presence gives it a big heart. Try to get there earlier because it is usually busy and you may have to wait a bit. They start dishing up the fish on Fridays about 5:00 p.m. and serve 'till about 9:00 p.m. They offer deep fried Walleye or Cod. The two-piece is $6.50 and the three-piece is $7.50. This price I think is very fair considering the cost of transportation of sea food these days. Also, some places charge extra for Walleye just because they can. At Tubby's you get a fair shake for your buck. You will get a choice of potato pancakes or fries. You get a cup of cole slaw and some tender dark bread with butter. The tarter sauce is my style - just tart enough to know it is there, yet creamy. The potato pancakes do not look like the traditional homemade cake, but they taste like homemade. Every time Heide and I go out there to Tubby's Too we clean every crumb off our plates. That's probably the final seal of approval in the world of tavern fish fry. On Friday they also offer a 16 ounce T-Bone for $14.95 and Butterfly Shrimp for $8.95. 
   Tubby's is owned by Tubby Brewer. He used to bartend there and has been the owner for about seven years or so. The origin of the need-a-second-look name according to Mark the Bartender and a couple patrons is that it was chosen because there is a bar "up nort" with a similar name. So Tubby had to improvise a bit. Tubby's dad was also called Tubby so the current owner is a Tubby too. 
   Their other special night is on Tuesdays. They offer Steak and Shrimp; Steak and Lobster; Steak, Lobster & Shrimp; 16 oz. T-Bone; Butterfly Shrimp; and Prime Rib. The prices vary from $10.95 to $15.95. 
   Tubby's Too is cool with Cool Dadio. 
   To get there from Janesville, take County Highway A out past Highway 89 in Richmond. Cross over 89 and stay on A and Tubby's is a mile or so down on the right. W8497 County Road A, Delavan, WI 53115. Folks may also refer to it as in Richmond, WI. Phone (608) 883-2909
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 - by Bob Keith, May 25, 2007 -

  
 Russ's Park Place

   Last Friday Cool Dadio took the fish fry show just up from my place to the near east side of Janesville. Russ's Park Place is a favorite spot of mine for several reasons but today I am talking about the fish. But wait a second, before I do that I should mention that I and owners Jeff and Tina Russel have one little connection. We were both featured in the November 29, 2006 Janesville Messenger. Jeff and Tina's new bar was introduced and I was mentioned for my journalistic journey to Iraq. We are forever bound at the hip in semi-weekly newspaper archives. 
   You will receive as a center piece of your fish dinner, big pieces of crispy fried cod. There is the two-piece for $7.50 or the three-piece for $8.50. With your raised tray of food comes the consummate cup of tavern cole slaw and a roll and butter. The choice of fries are crinkle or the regular type. They also offer Shrimp dinner for $7.50. These Friday specials are served from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
   I should mention that the fish presentation is a cut above because Jeff and Tina used to own Kadee's Kafe. Food is not a novelty with Jeff and Tina, they have walked the walk. Jeff is also one of the nicest and approachable tavern owners I have ever met. They also offer a variety of Burgers, Appetizers, Chicken, and Wraps. One of my favorite things to do is stop in on Sunday morning from 10:00 a.m. to noon. They offer a basket of fried fish and wings. It is a nice treat before sports time. Another neat feature to add to the timbre of the bar is an upstairs with seating and a balcony to sit around and look down on the big screens and bar area. Russ's Park Place is at 1637 E. Racine Street on Janesville's near east side. Phone: (608) 754-5600
   Russ's Park Place is cool with Cool Dadio. 
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 - by Bob Keith, June 1, 2007 -

  
 Ding-A-Ling

   Last week Heide and I rode the blue Geo Metro out past the west side of Janesville a bit to go out to Ding-A-Ling Supper Club in Hanover. I had never been there. Mom used to mention it once in a while and I saw a general write up on the place recently in the Janesville Messenger. The impetus of the Messenger article focused on that a year or so ago Kyla and Jerrad Wilke purchase the restaurant. They did not dwell on the Friday fish fry. That is my job. 
   It is best to make reservations because even a bit later in the evening we still had to wait a half hour to be seated. Not all places take reservations on Fridays so I did not think to do it. But they do indeed take them here. 
   Ding-A-Ling offers three styles of fish all for $8.95 per dinner. And it is also all-you-can-eat. There is beer-battered Cod which is thickly breaded. You get large pieces so I did not need to order more when I finished. It was crispy, yet tender on the inside. They also have plain Cod. The skin of the plain fish is only browned. It reminds me of the fish we used to cook at our Thursday church fish fries. It brought back some memories. They say taste and smell will do that. In recent years restaurants are heavy into the beer battering. It had been a long time since I have had just regular fried Cod. They also offer fried Perch. It was cooked just right, not too dry and not too soggy. 
   With your fish you can get a baked potato, hash browns, French fries, Boston Browns, or potato pancakes. I ordered the Boston browns. They are skinned slices of potatoes that are seasoned. I thought they were a nice departure from the ubiquitous French fries most places serve up with fish. Heide ordered the potato pancakes. They are home made. This is a big deal because in my opinion they are labor intensive to make. 
   One last note, the cole slaw is exceptional. It is so creamy and rich in taste I will no-doubt remember it when ever I think of Ding-A-Ling. A little side like cole slaw can make or break a fish fry. It is one of the nuances of the tradition of fish fry.    
   Ding-A-Ling Supper Club is cool with Cool Dadio. 
   Ding-A-Ling offers a variety of other daily specials. There is every thing from lobster tail, prime rib, fillet mignon, Walleye, and pork chops. Call (608) 879-9209 to get all the details. From the west side of Janesville, take Highway 11 a few miles to County H and take a left. Hanover is a couple miles down the road. Ding-A-Ling is one of the first places you will see. 
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 - by Bob Keith, June 29, 2007 - 

  
 Prairie Woods Golf Course

   Last Friday Heide and I rode in style in the Mitsubishi (I am not worthy) out to Prairie Woods Golf Course. People have been telling me to check it out. One thing that we liked was the patio seating overlooking the course and woods. If you do sit outside, bring a bit of bug lotion just in case the sun begins to set. 
   The other thing that impressed us both was the well maintained salad bar. They had all the usual suspects; there was creamy cole slaw, fresh rolls, soup, cheese spread, potato salad, and even Mandarin Oranges. One can get fried Cod or Perch for $9.50 for the two piece, or $10.50 for the three piece. The also offer baked or broiled cod for $10.50. The Walleye is $10.50 for a two piece. They offer home made potato pancakes, baked potato, or fries with the fish. They also prepare a different rice dish each week to substitute for the potato side. 
   I should mention that we were greeted with a nice welcome at the front desk; and, our waitress really kept an eye on our needs. Also, the salad bar had someone assigned to keep it in shape - small attention to details means something in today's often impersonal world. 
   Prairie Woods Golf Course is cool with Cool Dadio. Out of Janesville take County Road 'A' east and go through Johnstown. Then watch for the sign to the left. Prairie Woods Golf Course is back up in the fields a mile or so. Call (608) 883-6500 for more details on other specials and meals.

 - by Bob Keith, July 13, 2007 -

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