Worth the Trip: Best Fried Fish

Twin Cities Live’s Local Guy About Town, Mike Marcotte, asked for your picks for the best place to get fried fish. He took your suggestions, gave them a try and presents the top five.

1. The Anchor Fish & Chips, Northeast Minneapolis

  • 90% of what Anchor sells is fish and chips.
  • They go through 2500 pounds of potatoes every week.
  • They do not take reservations and wait times on Friday and Saturday nights can exceed 2 hours. Go on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Sunday to avoid waiting.
  • Fridays during Lent, Anchor’s food truck is in their parking lot serving up fish and chips for walk-up orders.
  • Check out their brunch served Saturdays and Sundays.

2. Trophy House, New Trier

  • New Trier is just a short drive down Highway 52, not far from Rosemount.
  • Trophy House serves an all-you-can-eat fish fry every Friday night, year-round. It is served with salad or coleslaw, choice of potato and garlic toast and will only set you back $14.99.
  • Like Anchor, they also use cod filets.
  • They will go through 300 pounds of fish on a Friday night.

3. Tavern on Grand, Saint Paul

  • Tavern on Grand, located on Grand Avenue, is the place for walleye.
  • The woman-owned and operated restaurant goes through nearly 17 tons of fish a year. It is wild caught Canadian walleye (commerical walleye catching is illegal in Minnesota).
  • Walleye is a good fish for people who don’t like fish. It tastes more like chicken!
  • Try their Surly beer battered walleye and pair it with a pint of Surly beer. The Walleye Sampler is also highly recommended.

4. Obb’s Sports Bar & Grill, Saint Paul

  • Obb’s, located right off of I-94 and Highway 61, originally opened in 1919 as a grocery and feed store. The family who started it had the opportunity to repurchase it in 2001.
  • Their pollock all-you-can-eat fish fry is every Friday night and costs only $14.45.
  • During Lent, they will go through 600 pounds of fish every Friday night.
  • Expect to wait 60-90 minutes if you want a table on a Friday night during Lent. And if you have a group larger than eight, make sure you call ahead.
  • They also have a fantastic fish hoagie on their menu 7 days a week. The fish dinner is also available all week.

5. Minneapolis/Richfield American Legion Post 435, Richfield

  • All are welcome inside the Richfield American Legion, located right off of Portland Avenue.
  • For $10.99, you can enjoy all-you-can-eat fried pollock, along with sides. Kids eat for just $6.99. Dinner service begins at 4:00 pm and the fish fry is held year-round.
  • The Richfield American Legion offers music 7 nights a week.
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