Having grown up in the boondocks of Connecticut, I have to admit that I never even heard of a fish fry until I moved to Wisconsin. When I mentioned it to my parents, they remembered their churches having them when they were children, but the fish fry had long since vanished from the weekly dining out option.
Once I landed in Wisconsin, I began noticing signs for fish frys everywhere – local churches, family restaurants, even our neighborhood restaurant chains had them. I have always preferred ocean fish to lake fish and figured I wouldn’t really care for it too much. At the time, I was working at a Catholic school and on Fridays during Lent, they would begin frying up the fish before I had left for the night. One Friday, I didn’t feel like cooking and stopped to pick some up to bring home. It turned out I liked it after all.
I quickly learned that not all fish frys are created equal, and I am actually pretty picky about them. I can’t stand greasy fish or limp, sad fries. Over time, I discovered several local fish frys that I really like and often take guests there when they come to visit.
Only recently did I discover that one of my favorite frozen custard and burger joints also has an amazing fish fry. Culver’s, home of the butter burger, is also home to one heck of a good fish fry, in my opinion. Even better, during Lent, you can choose from either a North Atlantic Cod or Northwoods Walleye fish fry. (The cod is available year round, while the walleye is a Lenten special.) If you haven’t yet tried the fish fry at Culver’s, I encourage you to stop in and give it a try!
Rather make your own fish fry at home? Check out these friers that make cooking your own fish fry at home quick and easy! (And the air frier even helps you make it healthier!)