Wednesday, April 4, 2012

SEAFOOD

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American Serb Hall
5101 W. Oklahoma Ave.

The Friday fish fry at Serb Hall is more than a meal—it's an event. Whether you're chowing down on deep-fried cod, baked cod, perch, pollock, shrimp, chicken or Serb Hall's specialty, spicy Serbian baked fish, you'll take home memories as well as a doggie bag. For those pressed for time, use the convenient drive-through. (L.K.) $$. CC. FB. FF. 545-6030

The Anchorage
4700 N. Port Washington Road

The dining room features windows overlooking a tranquil Milwaukee River. As the name suggests, seafood is the specialty and is flown in from all three coasts. Steaks are also featured. It's a nice restaurant to find in a suburban chain hotel. (J.B.) $$$. CC. OD, FF, FB. RS. Handicap access. 962-4710

Devon Seafood Grill
5715 N. Bayshore Drive

Though part of a chain, Devon Seafood Grill offers fresh seafood, discreet service and an elegant setting with abundant stonework and wood. The fin fish changes daily; expect whitefish, salmon, swordfish and mahi mahi. Aged steaks are also offered, sold solo or with choice of seafood. Of note are the fresh oysters and Maryland style crab cakes. The Devon pays a lot of attention to detail, which adds up to a fine-dining experience. (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. FB, RS. Handicap access. 967-9790

Harbor House
550 N. Harbor Drive

Enter and you'll first see a bar topped with white marble. The dining area also is white from the walls to the linens, a contrast with the dark hardwood floors. A long band of windows offer prime views of the Calatrava. The raw bar excels with the finest oysters in town. All seafood is ultra-fresh. The place gets noisy but who cares?  (J.B.) $$$-$$$$. CC. RS. SB. Handicap access. 395-4900.


Joey's Seafood & Grill

12455 W. Capitol Drive

Go for the fish & chips, as the haddock is in a good crisp batter. Joey's adds nautical charm to a small strip mall and the bar makes a comfortable watering hole. The prices are family-friendly. In general if you keep it simple Joey's is enjoyable. You will not find oysters or Maine lobsters here but then again the prices are affordable, especially for weekday lunches. (J.B.) $$. CC. FB. Handicap access. (262) 790-9500

Lakefront Brewery Palm Garden
1872 N. Commerce St.

The Friday night fish fry at Lakefront Brewery is a unique Milwaukee experience. People sit in the large hall German-style setting around long, communal tables. A polka band provides entertainment. The menu is simple, with beer-battered cod plus  shrimp, perch and bluegills pasta. Red meat eaters can order a burger and vegetarians can find a veggie burger. The bar serves Lakefront beer and is a fun place to wait for a table. (J.B.) $-$$. CC. FF. FB. Handicap access
372-8800

Milwaukee Sail Loft
649 E. Erie St.

The former Rip Tide is now Milwaukee Sail Loft with new owners and a new menu. The place remains casual with an outdoor patio and bar and a spacious interior dining room. The menu offers sandwiches for lower budgets. The Maryland crab cakes are mighty fine and the seafood Diablo is a pasta dish with abundant treats from the sea. The house specialty is lobster boil. Landlubbers will find pork chops, chicken and a few steaks. Quality and preparation standout. The riverfront views put you in the mood for seafood. (J.B.) $$-$$$$. CC: MC, VS, DS. Handicap access. OD. FB. 223-0100.


Molly Cool's Seafood Tavern

1110 N. Old World Third St.

Molly Cool's is a big series of dining rooms with two bars and prime views of the Milwaukee River. Outdoor seating is available along the RiverWalk. The focus is on seafood although steaks, chicken and ribs are also served. The live Maine lobsters are displayed in a tank. The selection of oysters and finfish change daily. Service is friendly. This is a lively and noisy place at prime times, tranquil at others. (J.B.) $$-$$$. CC. FB. OD. FF. RS. SB. Handicap access. 831-8862


Mona's Fish Market

204 W. Layton Ave.

Mona's is a seafood restaurant Turkish style with a daily selection displayed over ice. Choose a whole fish and have it cooked to order. Selections can include fluke (summer flounder), snapper, loup de mer and pompano. Expect seasonal changes. On hand are mussels, clams, lobsters and crab cake appetizers. Mona's is also a retail fish market. (J.B.) $$-$$$. Handicap access. 486-1000

River Lane Inn
4313 W. River Lane

This former country store attracts a very citified crowd. Fresh seafood is the attraction, so look for what the chalkboard menus offer. Hope to find sand dabs, cod cheeks and triggerfish. (J.B.) $$$. CC. RS, OD, FF, FB. 354-1995

St. Paul Fish Co.
400 N. Water St.

Located inside the Milwaukee Public Market, St. Paul Fish offers a wide range of seafood for the home cook. It also has offers full-service dining. Oysters on the half shell are served over shaved ice and the steamed lobsters and fried clams bring back fond memories of New England. There are many sandwiches as well as grilled seafood entrees. (J.B.) $$. CC. Handicap access. 220-8383