No Northwoods vacation is complete without a classic Wisconsin fish fry (no matter if it’s Friday or not). Here’s a look at a few of our favorites in Oneida County.
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Tilted Loon Saloon, Tomahawk
Located on the shores of Lake Nokomis, the Tilted Loon Saloon is easy to get to whether you’re driving, boating, snowmobiling, or ATVing. The spacious bar and grill is open for lunch and dinner, serving up American cuisine and Northwoods favorites like burgers, pizza, and prime rib. The Tilted Loon’s Friday fish fry isn’t just fried, either—patrons can have their fish breaded, battered, Cajun broiled, lemon pepper broiled, or parmesan baked.
Backwaters Bar & Grill, Rhinelander
Head north of Rhinelander on Highway 47 and you’ll find Backwaters Bar & Grill, scenically situated on the banks of the Wisconsin River. The restaurant is popular among boaters and snowmobilers (it offers docks along the river and plenty of parking for snowmobiles) and is well known for its broasted chicken and classic Wisconsin cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Bloody Marys. On Fridays, guests can enjoy a traditional Wisconsin fish fry—choose from baked or breaded cod or walleye or breaded perch.
The Boathouse, Minocqua
A Minocqua institution, The Boathouse has been serving up delicious food to Northwoods visitors and locals alike for years. Located on the shores of Lake Minocqua, The Boathouse offers great options daily (including walleye, salmon, and ahi tuna entrees for seafood fans). The restaurant’s Friday fish fry specials include cod (choose from dry-breaded, beer-battered, broiled, or blackened), broiled northern pike or lightly breaded Canadian perch.
Pike’s Pine Isle Lodge, Three Lakes
Pike’s Pine Isle Lodge is well-known for their pizza (with special offerings like BBQ Brisket Pizza and Barbecue Chicken Pizza, all served on homemade crust), but they also offer a popular fish fry on Fridays. Diners can choose from broiled or fried walleye or haddock in one-, two-, or three-piece options that come with a side. If you’re not in the mood for fish, try the garlic shrimp dinner (or add it as a side dish to your meal).