Fish is a popular food item in the Northland for many obvious reasons.  So it's not surprise that fish dinners are regularly featured on menus for popular restaurants in our area.

In particular, the fish fry has become synonymous with eating establishments - especially on Fridays.  While it largely has its origins tied to religious observances of the season, it also become popular when supper clubs began to offer the meal as part of their menu along with steak, chicken, and pasta.

So what is a fish fry?  Typically a fish fry is a serving of fish, battered and deep fried (although baked works too), served with potato (usually French fries), and a salad (usually coleslaw).

"Where is the best fish fry?" is a popular question - so we aimed to compile a list of options for you to try.

There is an updated, comprehensive list of the "best" fish fry restaurants in the Twin Ports area.

Where Is The Best Fish Fry In The Twin Ports?

The fish fry is one of those meals that has become synonymous with Upper Midwest cuisine. While New England claims its seafood, Texas has its barbecue, and California is the land of 10,000 salads - it seems like the fish fry is omnipresent on a lot of restaurant and grill menus in the part of the country we live in.

And while some could argue what constitutes a proper fish fry (i.e. is the fish battered and deep dried, grilled, or broiled?). And - some might debate whether or not the side dish matters (i.e. is it served with "chips" (French fries) or some other side like mashed potatoes or rice?). No one debates what day of the week is traditional for a fish fry meal: That honor goes to Friday. The Friday connection has it's origins because a variety of religious denominations couldn't eat meat on that day of the week - especially during the Lenten season. However, even outside of Lent, the fish fry special is something most people expect to see on the menu at a restaurant on a Friday.

Even with the special being so prolific to Friday restaurant menus, it seems like the common question - especially here in the Northland - is "who has a fish fry?" or "who has the best fish fry?".

To answer those questions, we've compiled the following list of businesses - listed in alphabetic order - who specifically make mention of their Friday fish fry special on their menus, websites, and social media sites.

Try one, try some, or try them all. You can't go wrong!


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