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Best Fish For Fridays

March 2, 2011 11:00 AM

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Reporting Amy Rea

Spring may not have made a commitment to Minnesota just yet, but regardless of the weather, it’s that time of year again: Lent. Looking for fish on Fridays? Check out one of the perks of the season: the Friday Night Fish Fry. Always a tradition during Lent, and available several places, some family friendly, some not so much. In many cases, it’s all you can eat, but even when it’s not, you’re assured a heaping plate of food that won’t leave you hungry. Call ahead for hours and types of fish served.

the anchor Best Fish For Fridays

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The Anchor

302 13th Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 676-1300
The Anchor

‘Nuff said. If you haven’t had this fish ‘n’ chips basket, go now.

st albert the great Best Fish For Fridays

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Church of St. Albert the Great

2836 33rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406-1688
(612) 724-3643
Church of St. Albert the Great

One of the primary sources of a fish fry is, not surprisingly, local churches. Possibly the best known for its memorable and tasty fish is Church of St. Albert the Great in south Minneapolis. They offer their fish fried or baked, but really — it’s a fish fry. (For more possibilities within the Catholic Church/Knights of Columbus communities in the Twin Cities, check out The Catholic Spirit.)

american legion Best Fish For Fridays

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American Legion/VFW

Various Locations
American Legions of Minnesota

Two more good resources for the Friday fish fry (sometimes just for Lent, sometimes year-round) are veteran’s organizations. American Legion Clubs that offer a fish fry include Posts in Excelsior, Chanhassen, New Brighton, and Wayzata. (For a full list of Posts in the state along with contact information, check the American Legions of Minnesota.) The second organization that can provide info on club fish fries is the VFW.

obbs bar Best Fish For Fridays

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Obbs Bar & Grill

1347 Burns Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106-6701
(651) 776-7010
Obbs Bar & Grill

Beyond those stalwarts, there are almost limitless possibilities for fish, whether you like traditional fried fish or want to see how local chefs mix it up. For the traditionalists, Obbs Bar & Grill in St. Paul. This is comfort food fried fish.

libertys Best Fish For Fridays

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Liberty’s Restaurant & Lounge

303 W 3rd St
Red Wing, MN 55066-2306
(651) 388-8877
Liberty’s in Red Wing

Another big option for comfort food is the Friday fish fry found at Liberty’s in Red Wing.

lake elmo inn Best Fish For Fridays

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Lake Elmo Inn

3442 Lake Elmo Avenue North
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
(651) 777-8495
Lake Elmo Inn

It’s hard to beat the charming ambiance at the Lake Elmo Inn, and the Inn goes all out for Lent. Why just have a fish fry when you can have a seafood buffet extravaganza?

macs fish and chips Best Fish For Fridays

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Mac’s Fish and Chips

1330 Larpenteur Avenue West
Saint Paul, MN 55113-6342
(651) 489-5299
Mac’s Fish and Chips

Ambiance is lacking at Mac’s Fish and Chips, but that’s OK. When the fish is wonderfully battered and fried hot and crispy, you won’t really care about the surroundings.

red stag supper club Best Fish For Fridays

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Red Stag Supperclub

509 1st Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413-4600
(612) 767-7766
Red Stag Supperclub

If you’re ready to try something different, check out the Red Stag Supperclub, which uses a wider variety of fish as well as changing specialties such as of king crab linguini or smelt fries.

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Café Twenty Eight

2724 W 43rd St
Minneapolis, MN 55410-1663
(612) 926-2800
Café Twenty Eight

Café Twenty Eight uses beer in the batter coating the Canadian walleye, and it’s served up with homemade coleslaw and fries.

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Various Locations

In a rush? This may surprise you, but the seasonal walleye dinner or sandwich at Culvers can be a quick, tasty, and cheap way to get your fried-fish jones satisfied — at least until you can get to any of the above.

-Amy Rea is a freelance writer and author of Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes: an Explorer’s Guide (Countryman Press, 2008), as well as the upcoming Backroads & Byways of Minnesota (Countryman Press, spring 2011).

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  • Jason Kahl

    Really? Culver’s? Really?

    • Todd

      Really, Culvers. They have a great walleye sandwich.

    • joep

      Yes! Culvers has DELICIOUS breaded walleye. And it is VERY affordable. They don’t over-charge, like a lot of the yuppie restaurants around these parts.

    • Mary

      Josephs Family restaurant in Stillwater has the best beer batter cod period.

    • dumbarses

      Try it, then reply

  • Kent

    St. Albert’s is the BEST!
    OH OH, I just gave out the best kept secret in town…

  • Gerry

    Oh come on! Not even a word about the best? Red Lobster! The best food and hospitality around! Their fresh fish is the best ever

  • Mick

    Red Lobster? Great place to empty your bank account!

  • Amy

    I have to agree the Valley in between Prescott and River Falls in one of the best around. They also have a great Chicken Buffet on Sundays.

  • Marge

    After having a great fish dinner, you can enjoy a game or 2 of Bingo. When you come in line for the dinner, so if you can guess what number you are. We have served over 1000 in a 3 hour time period. Servings start at 4:30 PM and end at 7:30PM.

    • kathy kanatz

      St. Albert’s is the best. Kathy,Brooklyn Center

  • Richard

    Bennigans in Coon Rapids ahs grat fish and chips along with a Friday nite all you can eat fish fry. Give it a try.

    • givemethatfish

      Yes, Bennigans Coon Rapids has excellent fish, and AYCE for $8 I think, plus 2 for 1 drinks until 7pm. Yum! However, order refills right away, cuz your refill is only one piece so ask for a couple, and you have to keep asking for tarter sauce as the cups are really small.

      • Char

        Bennigans is the best!! If you have not tried them, you have lost out. Go for it.

  • Pat R

    St. Albert the Great Fish Dinner is Fantastic!
    In addition to the great fish dinner, the atmosphere is fun and exciting as well–an all-around enjoyable evening–and you don’t leave hungry, that’s for sure!

  • Sarah

    You mean RED LOBSTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! LOL!! Pun on clientel

  • Roxie

    St. Albert the Great,on 32nd Ave . in South Mpls, is the BEST !!! I couldn’t go anywhere else, Year after year ,The fish,Garlic Mashed ,Coffee,don’t want fish you can have Spaggetti, Rolls and Dessert then there are Raffles and Bingo, What an evening !!! I’ll be there!!!

  • Roxie

    Try St Albert the Great, Its like going to Grandmas, you will go home full!!! and Happy!

    • Susie

      Drive to Mpls for fish? I husband would think I am crazy!

  • Jude

    The Ranchero in Webster, Mn has the best fish, but be prepared for a wait on Fridays during Lent if you don’t have a reservation

    • JOJO

      And their relish tray and homemade salad dressings are to die for!!!

    • Lowell

      I’ve been there. A jewel in the rough! Haven’t had the fish yet.

      • Jude

        You must give it a try. Certainly a place off the beaten path but worth the trip

    • Jeff

      We went there (Ranchero) last Friday and the service was horrible. Very understaffed and had to wait forever to get more fish. I made a comment to the owner and she did not seem to care. I would not recommend the place because of this.

  • Jen Brunner

    River Oakes Golf Course in Cottage Grove is great!!!! They have an early bird price if you are seated before 5 p.m. EXCELLENT fish, cheesy potatoes and TRIPLE CHOCOLATE CAKE!!!

  • Bill Garr

    Hands down it’s Brit”s Pub

    • David McD


      How Brits was not on the list I have no clue.

      (And Mac’s is far too greasy)

  • Carole T

    I agree – the valley is great! Really… Liberty’s in Red Wing? It’s gross.

  • Haley D.

    She’s not joking, the Anchor is fabulous for fish! And the weekend breakfast leaves nothing for want either! These are real Irishmen cookin’ it up.

    • TamWB

      Anchor’s is *awesome…we had the first time on New Year’s Day….at the suggestion of my son and his gf! We’ve eaten at Mac’s many times and have never been dissatisfied…a suggestion: ask for a separate bowl for the fries!!

  • Stef

    The Fireside Bar & Grill on Robert Street in West St. Paul has a phenomenal all-you-can eat fish dinner on Fridays! And the rest of their menu is so tasty with great prices!!!

  • Jim J

    Add The Season’s Tavern in North Hudson. Well worth the drive. They really know how to batter the fish, no, not beat it up. And then fry it so it’s done just right, crispy, tasty, and wonderfully moist. Make the drive, you won’t regret it!

  • The Fam

    Anyone have some advice for places in the NW metro…Maple Grove and all points West????

    • JZ

      I agree with the prior comment about Bennigans in Coon Rapids, YUM! also McClaggahs Pud on main st in maple grove is good, but a little pricey. End Zone in Ramsey is pretty good and an affordable price! Good music afterwards too!

  • Jon

    Susie, in south metro area:
    In New Trier try the Trophy House or Dan’s Bar. Both of these towns are small, but the fish is great. They’re located SW of Hastings, or E of Farmington. Get there early though or be prepared to wait.

  • Ma

    Culvers? Are you kidding me? and Liberty, yuk!! there are so many good places why would these even be considered.

  • Randy

    Without a doubt the best in the south metro is the Excelisor American Legion

  • Jess

    All you can eat Walleye Fingers at Pickle Park in Fridley! Yum

  • Special K

    All you can eat cod at St Pascal Baylon on White Bear Avenue.

  • Jeff

    Anchor for real euro style fish, but NE Wisconsin for a real Friday fish fry.

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