Eat More Fish, Dance More Polka
People in Wisconsin love fish. Fishing from piers, by boat, on the ice. With lakes Michigan and Superior forming two of its borders, you can hardly fault the fisherman.
Every Friday night the Lakefront Palm Garden, smack in the middle of the Milwaukee’s very own Lakefront Brewery, welcomes throngs of fish-hungry families for some of the best fish fry Wisconsin has to offer.
Our family visited the Lakefront Palm Garden on a Friday night during Lent. We arrived promptly at 5:00PM and already parking spots and empty tables were a hot commodity. And among the chaos, multi-generational families were easily smiling, conversing, eating, and loitering around the bar. There by ourselves, we felt immediately at home. No one seemed in a hurry to go anywhere else.
In the same category as a good fish boil, Wisconsinites plan their Friday evening around a fish fry. Beer battered cod and breaded perch, our choices, are coincidentally the most-popular menu items. For $4.50, kids can enjoy a fish plate served with fries or potato cakes (German for please don’t order American food at a Milwaukee brewery). Try the potato cakes. No catsup required! After two baskets of rye bread and butter, our kids still managed to wolf down their meals when they arrived. Still drunk from the beer battered cod, we can’t say enough good things about our experience at the Lakefront Palm Garden.
If you’ve never been to the Lakefront Palm Garden before, consider arriving closer to 6:00PM. This is the magic polka hour; when the Brew House Polka Kings take the stage and the ooom-pa-pa’s begin. Now, if only every restaurant could have a wooden dance floor and an outlet for kids to build an appetite before their meal. If you have a group of eight or more, you may want to meet in the middle (5:30PM) and make reservations ahead of time. Whatever your plans, why not roll out the barrel and stay for the food and fun!
Lakefront Palm Garden
Both located at:
1872 N. Commerce St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212