Caleb Westphal hasn’t missed a Friday fish fry since 2013. Follow his never-ending adventures HERE. This week: the best Milwaukee-area fish frys of 2023!

Although I get a fish fry every Friday, I only get one, and I generally don’t get one on other days of the week, meaning the below list—where I recount my favorite Milwaukee-area fish frys of 2023—will be imperfect. It’s subjective, there are only so many fish frys I’m basing it on, and it really only captures a week at a time—for what may be a great fish fry one week may be subpar another week, and vice versa.

In this era of hyper-partisanship, fish frys cut across the rancor. They are communal, and for many of us in Wisconsin—from Milwaukee to Hubertus, from Madison to Oostburg—they are a regular part of the week. Maybe some of the fish frys I list here are on your list. Maybe you are wondering why your favorite fish frys aren’t on this list. But this presents opportunity, not conflict. I am eager to hear what your favorite fish frys of 2023 are, welcome your fish fry suggestions, and wait in wonderment for all the fish frys I will have in 2024 that I’ve never had before. For while we as Wisconsinites may disagree on much, let our disagreements about favorite fish frys never be more than playful.

Now let’s get to that list. First up, my favorite Milwaukee-area fish frys from places I went to since I restarted the column:

Joey’s West (Franksville)

Steak House 100 (West Allis)

Next up, my favorite Milwaukee-area fish frys from places I went to this year that I’ve never written about:

Sawmill Inn Restaurant & Pub (Richfield)

Cotton Exchange (Waterford)

Tracker’s Pub & Grub (South Milwaukee)

Lulabell’s Dockside (East Troy)

The Neighborhood Draft (Milwaukee)

The Jail House Restaurant (West Bend)

Kenicky’s Public House (Richfield)

St. Paul Fish Company (Mequon)

Lastly, my favorite Milwaukee-area fish frys from places I went to this year that I’ve previously written about:

Randy’s Neighbor’s Inn (West Allis)

St. Augustine of Hippo (Milwaukee) (seasonal)

Clifford’s Supper Club (Hales Corners)

Pat’s Oak Manor (South Milwaukee)

Dicken’s Grille & Spirits (West Allis)

Husher’s Pub & Grill (Caledonia)

Coach’s Pub ‘N’ Grill (Milwaukee)

The Cellar (Oak Creek)

The Packing House (Milwaukee)

In Memoriam:

Randy’s Neighbor’s Inn

Buck Bradley’s

Country Squire Supper Club

Baby Boomers

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Originally hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin—home of Walleye Weekend, the self-professed "World's Largest Walleye Fish Fry"—Caleb Westphal has not missed a Friday night fish fry since sometime in 2013. He plays saxophone with the surf-punk-garage outfit Devils Teeth. He also spins classic 45s and would love to do so at your roller skating party, car show, or 50th high school reunion.