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12 Delectable Fried Fish Baskets

The best fried fish found outside a church basement

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The Friday night fish fry is a staple of the Lenten season when so many choose to skip meat on the last day of the work week. Wander through Wisconsin and a person can't throw a walleye without hitting a church basement fish fry during Lent. Around here, these restaurants are serving the goods that will leave your finger tips salty and a big smile stretched from ear to ear. Whether eating seafood for religious reasons or just love the smell of fresh fried seafood, there's a restaurant waiting with a fat, hot basket of battered fish.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Anchor Fish & Chips

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302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 676-1300
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The massive fried cod inside this English pub in Northeast are the size of a hefty forearm. Settle in with a giant appetite, proper chips and a bottle of malt vinegar.

2. Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

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1330 Larpenteur Ave W
St Paul, MN 55113
(651) 489-5299
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With two locations serving crusty, fried fish and saltwater taffy, Mac’s remains an institution in the Twin Cities. From the low fuss interior design to the quickly prepared, salty fresh fish.

3. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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50 S 6th St Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 333-2277
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Likely the toniest fish fry in the market, fancy pants Oceanaire is perfect for downtown workers looking for a seafood feast. Beer battered fish tastes even better with linen napkins.

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4. The Local - Minneapolis

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931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 904-1000
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Served at the downtown bar and the location inside the Shops and West End, is a righteous battered cod in an Irish setting.

Exactly what one would expect from a good Irish pub in terms of fish and chips
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5. Urban Growler Brewing Co.

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2325 Endicott St
St Paul, MN 55114
(651) 340-5793
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This brewery in Saint Paul batters up perch for its fish fry. The little crispies are served up with coleslaw, fries and pumpernickel rye bread.

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Lake perch and fantastic beer
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6. Red Cow St. Paul

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393 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 789-0545
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Red Cow is normally known for burgers at its locations across the metro area. However, during Lent the battered whitefish with fries goes on special, available by the basket or bottomless.

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7. Tavern On Grand

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656 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 228-9030
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The giant neon walleye sign in the front window does not lie. Tavern on Grand has made a reputation on perfecting the unofficial state dish: fried walleye. Get it battered or blackened, on a bun or on its own. It’s all good.

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8. Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

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2920 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 724-5837
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This bar is known for burgers, but serves up a filling fried cod dinner right alongside the light rail stop.

9. Groveland Tap

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1834 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 699-5058
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This little pub is known for being budget and family-friendly grub. Go full-on all you can eat along with fries, coleslaw and a pile of fish.

10. Bennett's Chop and Railhouse

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1305 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 228-1408
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Bennett's uses Finnegan's beer for its cod batter and the baskets are an all-you-can-eat basket available for lunch or dinner. This West 7th supperclub is one of those hidden neighborhood gems you ought to know about.

11. Octo fishbar

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289 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 202-3409
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A paragon of fresh, sustainable seafood, James Beard Award winning chef Tim McKee’s Lowertown restaurant also knows how to get down on some crispy battered fish. Only available on Fridays during Lent Octo fishbar has Alaskan cod, served with malt vinegar steak fries.

Beer battered, sustainably caught cod and malt vinegar splashed fries
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12. Iron Ranger

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1085 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 487-1913
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Iron Ranger recently expanded its seating and now there’s a fish and chips basket full of fat, crispy fried fish fillets and chonky fries.

A basket of four fried fish fillets and French fries
Crispy fried on Grand Avenue
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1. The Anchor Fish & Chips

302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

The massive fried cod inside this English pub in Northeast are the size of a hefty forearm. Settle in with a giant appetite, proper chips and a bottle of malt vinegar.

302 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

2. Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

1330 Larpenteur Ave W, St Paul, MN 55113

With two locations serving crusty, fried fish and saltwater taffy, Mac’s remains an institution in the Twin Cities. From the low fuss interior design to the quickly prepared, salty fresh fish.

1330 Larpenteur Ave W
St Paul, MN 55113

3. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

50 S 6th St Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Oceanaire [Official]

Likely the toniest fish fry in the market, fancy pants Oceanaire is perfect for downtown workers looking for a seafood feast. Beer battered fish tastes even better with linen napkins.

50 S 6th St Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN 55402

4. The Local - Minneapolis

931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Exactly what one would expect from a good Irish pub in terms of fish and chips
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Served at the downtown bar and the location inside the Shops and West End, is a righteous battered cod in an Irish setting.

931 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402

5. Urban Growler Brewing Co.

2325 Endicott St, St Paul, MN 55114
Urban Growler
Lake perch and fantastic beer
Urban Growler [Official]

This brewery in Saint Paul batters up perch for its fish fry. The little crispies are served up with coleslaw, fries and pumpernickel rye bread.

2325 Endicott St
St Paul, MN 55114

6. Red Cow St. Paul

393 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Katie Cannon

Red Cow is normally known for burgers at its locations across the metro area. However, during Lent the battered whitefish with fries goes on special, available by the basket or bottomless.

393 Selby Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55102

7. Tavern On Grand

656 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
Grand Tavern [Official]

The giant neon walleye sign in the front window does not lie. Tavern on Grand has made a reputation on perfecting the unofficial state dish: fried walleye. Get it battered or blackened, on a bun or on its own. It’s all good.

656 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

8. Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

2920 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

This bar is known for burgers, but serves up a filling fried cod dinner right alongside the light rail stop.

2920 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406

9. Groveland Tap

1834 Saint Clair Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105

This little pub is known for being budget and family-friendly grub. Go full-on all you can eat along with fries, coleslaw and a pile of fish.

1834 Saint Clair Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55105

10. Bennett's Chop and Railhouse

1305 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Bennett's uses Finnegan's beer for its cod batter and the baskets are an all-you-can-eat basket available for lunch or dinner. This West 7th supperclub is one of those hidden neighborhood gems you ought to know about.

1305 7th St W
Saint Paul, MN 55102

11. Octo fishbar

289 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Beer battered, sustainably caught cod and malt vinegar splashed fries
Octo Fishbar/Facebook

A paragon of fresh, sustainable seafood, James Beard Award winning chef Tim McKee’s Lowertown restaurant also knows how to get down on some crispy battered fish. Only available on Fridays during Lent Octo fishbar has Alaskan cod, served with malt vinegar steak fries.

289 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

12. Iron Ranger

1085 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
A basket of four fried fish fillets and French fries
Crispy fried on Grand Avenue
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Iron Ranger recently expanded its seating and now there’s a fish and chips basket full of fat, crispy fried fish fillets and chonky fries.

1085 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

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