Fish fry

Fish fries are popular Friday night dinners in Wisconsin

STONE LAKE— Wisconsin is hooked on Friday fish fries.

Travel Wisconsin recently cast a statewide net asking residents to nominate their favorite establishments on social media for the best fish fry in the state. With more than 1,400 comments and a reach of over 225,000 people, Pine Ridge, located on Big Sissabagama Lake south of Stone Lake, was ranked among the top 20 in the Wisconsin Fish Fry Faceoff.

Fish fry fanatics are encouraged to vote for Wisconsin’s Favorite Fish Fry as often as once per day, April 24 through May 15, at

“We are incredibly proud of Pine Ridge for being recognized as one of the best fish fries in the state,” said Sherry Beckman, Executive Director, Hayward Lakes Visitors and Convention Bureau. “We certainly all look forward to gathering and dining out with friends and family when it’s safe to do so, but until then, we appreciate Travel Wisconsin putting a virtual spotlight on our state’s restaurants, helping them to stay in business and keep people employed.”

The Wisconsin fish fry tradition is more than a way Wisconsinites dine and support area restaurants. The fish fry is a bucket list for out-of-state visitors. Deep fried or baked, beer battered, or seasoned, most Wisconsin taverns and restaurants serve this popular Wisconsin favorite on Friday nights.

“As we all remain safer at home, the virtual Fish Fry Faceoff is just one of the many online marketing programs we have leaned into, encouraging Wisconsinites to dream and plan now for future travel,” said Tourism Secretary-designee Sara Meaney. “This contest is fun, engaging and useful information, not to mention a great way for patrons to immediately support their favorite fish fry establishments, and discover new favorites. I encourage everyone to pick up a fish fry, break out the tartar sauce and cast your vote.”

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