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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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The Anchor Fish & Chips

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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.

Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

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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.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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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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The Local - Minneapolis

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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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Urban Growler Brewing Co.

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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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Red Cow St. Paul

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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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Tavern On Grand

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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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Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

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

Groveland Tap

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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.

Bennett's Chop and Railhouse

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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.

Octo fishbar

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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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Iron Ranger

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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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The Anchor Fish & Chips

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.

Mac's Fish / Chips / Strips

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.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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.

The Oceanaire [Official]

The Local - Minneapolis

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
Joy Summers/Eater Twin Cities

Urban Growler Brewing Co.

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.

Urban Growler
Lake perch and fantastic beer
Urban Growler [Official]

Red Cow St. Paul

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.

Katie Cannon

Tavern On Grand

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.

Grand Tavern [Official]

Cardinal Restaurant and Bar

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

Groveland Tap

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.

Bennett's Chop and Railhouse

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.

Octo fishbar

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
Octo Fishbar/Facebook

Iron Ranger

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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