A Northwoods tradition that remains immensely popular—Friday fish fry in Minocqua is surely a must do. The classic fish fry generally includes several pieces of fried fish, most commonly cod, perch or walleye. This fish typically comes with some type of potato and some sort of salad or coleslaw. However, there are endless variations on this classic supper club dish. Here are some of our favorites.

At Chef Rene’s at Timber Ridge, guests can sample fresh lake perch or Canadian walleye either broiled or beer-battered in the casual dining area. Fish fry purists prefer potato pancakes as their starch of choice and Chef Rene delivers with an outstanding interpretation.

The Boathouse offers a traditional fish fry with their housemade coleslaw. Diners can opt from a variety of fish. Their walleye fingers are a popular option. If you are looking for something a bit different, opt for the Cajun baked cod, which offers spicy flavors to the traditional dish and pairs well with the homemade cornbread.

For a terrific fish fry and sides, stop in at Tula’s Cafe. This award-winning fish fry will leave you feeling satisfied. At Norwood Pines, guests can dine amongst stately red pine trees. But don’t forget your appetite. The supper club offers all-you-can-eat deep fried cod or lake perch fish dinners. Their popular corn fritters are just one of the many accompaniments to the meal. Guests also rave about their famous wild rice clam chowder.

What goes better with fish fry than locally crafted beer? Sample both at the Minocqua Brewing Company, which offers a great downtown location and a very popular fish fry dinner. And if you find a favorite new sip—Minocqua Brewing Company offers seven varieties of craft beer—pick up a to-go growler to take home.

Another Minocqua favorite is Polecat & Lace. This charming spot is located in downtown Minocqua and offers all the fish you can wish on Fridays. Polecat & Lace’s fish dinner includes soup, creamy coleslaw and your choice of potato. But be prepared to wait. This popular spot doesn’t take reservations.

A NOTE OF CAUTION

 This popular tradition of fish on Fridays is well-loved by visitors and locals alike. You might be in for a bit of a wait at any of these popular spots. Your best bet is to phone ahead and see if the establishment takes reservations. If not, be sure to sip a classic Old Fashioned or locally brewed craft beer while you wait for your table.