2019 Fish Frys

My bandmate Liz and I let our shirts do the talking at the St. Joseph fish fry

Fish Fry Season

A glutton’s paradise

by Kristina Nesteby

The Lenten Season is meaningful for many in the Tri-States, but for foodies like me, it means seafood specials with shrimp and fish—oh, that fish. Between all-you-can-shove-in-your-gullet fish frys to the tamer I’ll-have-light-ranch-with-my-lettuce cod dinners, this time of year could be more appropriately called Fish Fry Season.

Fish frys have always been a part of my life. Growing up, my mom was a teacher at St. Joseph School in Sinsinawa, WI. Besides the very distinct smell of the building and an endless supply of stickers, the main thing I remember about St. Joseph is the annual fish frys. The sides aren’t fancy, but the fish is where it’s at. That and the carnival games. I promise it’s not just nostalgia talking when I tell you that I believe this is the best fish fry in the area. They host two during Fish Fry Season on the first Friday of Lent (March 8) and the Friday before Good Friday (April 12).

Living in the Tri-States also means we have the fortune of dipping into the wonderful world of Wisconsin supper clubs and the year-round all-you-can-eat fish frys. (I’m looking at you and your salad bar, Country Heights.) And you can’t go to a supper club without getting and old fashioned. What pairs well with fish frys, supper clubs, and old fashioneds? How ‘bout a shirt?

“Our inspiration for the Friday tee and for our whole brand truly derives from family tradition,” explains Marissa Hoffmann, owner of The Midwest Girl. “We remember Friday nights being really special as kids. Mom and Dad finished the work week and were ready to get out of the house. It wasn’t every Friday which is what made the ones we did go out for really special. It was truly a ‘treat.’”

The first time I saw The Friday Shirt, I knew I needed it. I don’t need a lot of things in life, but this spoke to me on a deep, spiritual level. These girls get me. And the best part of supper clubs is the ability to celebrate Fish Fry Season year-round.

“Fish frys signify a true Midwest tradition. It really is something so unique to our region. We have many people visit our shop every year and our Friday tee isn’t significant to everyone. We have found Wisconsinites and Dubuquers are amongst the ones who read the tee and usually laugh and say, ‘Oh my God, it’s so true!’ We love hearing other Midwest Girl stories of how they grew up with similar memories and traditions as Marah and I.”

“Friday nights during Lent were either spent eating Dad’s fish he froze from the summer before or hopping in the truck to the local tavern for the all-you-can-eat fish fry,” Marissa reminisces. “The best part of going out for fish frys was the endless quarters we would beg out of our dad. It seemed the begging got easier the later the night got!”

Marissa has a few fish frys that are special to her. “Gooch’s Greenhouse in Kieler, WI is a special place to our family. Three out of the four of us kids worked there for many years and have celebrated lots of birthdays, anniversaries and my husband and I’s engagement there! Guler’s Corner located smack dab in the middle of Hazel Green, Cuba City and Benton was the place we went the most as kids. It was close to home, and they had and still have the best homemade french fries! Last but certainly not least is the 3 Mile House Supper Club. The relish tray to start the night and the grasshopper to end the night was always something I looked forward to!”

You can find The Friday Shirt, as well as a kid’s version with Supper Clubs, Chicken Strips, and Kiddy Cocktails, online at ShopTheMidwestGirl.com or at The Midwest Girl’s shop at 471 W 4th St in Dubuque in Cable Car Square.

Grab your elastic pants (or unbutton your jeans like me), the most dedicated group of friends, and head to your nearest fish fry this Friday! We’ve compiled a list of various fish fry locations in the Tri-States on the next page. This is not a comprehensive list, but it’s all we could fit! If we’re missing a fish fry that you think would be a good addition, send me a message at kristina@dubuque365.com, and I’ll add it to the list for further investigation.

As The Midwest Girls says in The Friday Shirt description, “It’s time to celebrate Friday!”

Tri-State Fish Frys

Fridays during Lent are March 8–April 19, 2019, but many locations offer fish frys year-round!

3 Mile House
370 US 35, Hazel Green, WI
Every Friday @ 4–10 PM

7 Hills Brewing Co.
1085 Washington St., Dubuque, IA
Fridays through Lent @ 4–9 PM

Asbury Eagles Club
5900 Saratoga Rd., Asbury, IA
April 19 @ 5–8 PM

Bluff Lake Catfish Farm
9301 95th Ave., Maquoketa, IA
Every Friday @ 4–10 PM

Breitbach’s Country Dining
563 Balltown Rd., Sherrill, IA
Every Friday @ 4–9:30 PM

Cajun Jack’s Bar & Grill
1336 US HWY 20 W, Elizabeth, IL
Every Friday @ 11 AM–10 PM 

Caroline’s Restaurant
200 Main St., Dubuque, IA
Fridays through Lent @ 11 AM–2 PM and 5–10 PM

Catfish Charlie’s
1630 E 16th St., Dubuque, IA
Fridays through Lent @ 11 AM–10 PM

Country Heights Supper Club and Motor Inn
1152 Badger Rd., Hazel Green, WI
Every Friday @ 4:30 PM

Dubuque Eagles Club
1175 Century Dr., Dubuque, IA
Every Friday @ 11:30 AM–2 PM
Fridays through Lent @ 5-8 PM

Dubuque Elks Lodge
9018 Military Rd, Dubuque, IA
Fridays through Lent @ 5–8:30 PM

Gangster’s Bar & Grill
2020 N. Main St., Hazel Green, WI
Fridays @ 4:30 PM

Gina’s Restaurant
45 N. 2nd St., Platteville, WI
Fridays through Lent @ 4–9:30 PM

Gooch’s Green House Tavern
3544 County Rd. HHH, Kieler, WI
Fridays through Lent @4–9 PM

Green Street Tavern
230 S. Main St., Galena, IL
Fridays @ 11 AM–9 PM

Guler’s Corner
1895 Hwy 80, Cuba City, WI
Every Friday @4 PM

Happy’s Place (Key West Sportsman’s Club)
2323 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA
March 8 @ 4:30–8:30 PM

J.M.’s Tap
7625 N. Menominee Rd., East Dubuque, IL
Fridays Jan–Apr @ 4–9:30 PM

Joliet Event Center
781 Locust St., Dubuque, IA
Fridays through Lent @ 5–7:30 PM

Jug’s Main Street Tap
200 N. Main St., Elizabeth, IL
Every Friday @ 5–9 PM

Kalmes Restaurant
100 Main St, St Donatus, IA
Every Friday @ 5–9:30 PM

Kieler Parish
3685 County HHH, Kieler, WI
April 5 @ 4:30–8:30 PM

Mid-Town Marina
285 5th St., East Dubuque, IL
Fridays through Lent @ 5 PM

Moracco Supper Club
1413 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA
Every Friday @ 4 PM

MulGrew’s Tavern
240 Sinsinawa Ave., East Dubuque, IL
Fridays through Lent @ 7 AM–3:30 AM

Neighbors Tap
1899 Rockdale Rd., Dubuque, IA
Every Friday @ 4–8 PM

The Otherside
68 Sinsinawa Ave, East Dubuque, IL
Fridays through Lent @ 11 AM

Oxus Grotto
3011 Autumn Dr., Asbury, IA
Fridays: March 15 and 22 and April 5 and 12 @ 5–7:30 PM

Paradise Bar & Grill
205 N. Main St., Galena, IL
Every Friday @ 4–10 PM

Q Casino’s Farmhouse Kitchen (Must be 21+)
1855 Greyhound Park Rd., Dubuque, IA
Fridays through Lent @ 5–9 PM

14167 Old HWY Rd., Dubuque, IA
Every Friday @ 5–9 PM

St. Andrew Thomas Parish Fish Fry
100 HWY 61 North, Potosi, WI
March 29 @ 5–7:30 PM

St. Clement’s Parish
24287 New Vienna Rd., Epworth, IA
March 15 @ 4–8 PM

St. Francis Xavier Parish
203 2nd St SW., Dyersville, IA
April 5 @ 4:30–8:30 PM

St. John Placid Catholic Church
22453 East Pleasant Grove Rd., Epworth, IA
March 8 @ 4:30–8 PM

St. John the Baptist
235 Peosta St., Peosta, IA
March 22 @ 4:30–8 PM

St. Joseph School
780 County Rd. Z., Sinsinawa, WI
March 8 and April 12 @ 4–8 PM

St. Joseph’s Church
204 W Oak St, Garnavillo, IA
Fridays through Lent @ 5–8:30 PM

Sunset Lanes
410 S. Main St., Dickeyville, WI
Every Friday @ 5–8 PM

Taste Country Roadhouse
14877 US HWY 20, East Dubuque, IL
Every Friday @ 2 PM

The Barn
5090 Sherrill Rd., Sherrill, IA
Every Friday @ 4:45 PM

The Market House Restaurant
204 Perry St., Galena, IL
Every Friday @ 4 PM

The Original Potosi Saloon
192 S. Main St., Potosi, WI
Fridays through Lent and 2nd Friday of every month @ 11 AM

7777 Timmerman Dr., East Dubuque, IL
Fridays through Lent @ 4:30–9:30 PM

Village Bar
3410 County HWY HHH, Kieler, WI
Every Friday @ 4–10 PM

West Dubuque Tap
1701 Asbury Rd., Dubuque, IA
Every Friday @ 4–9 PM