From relaxing atmospheres reminiscent of a log cabin to more refined supper club and resort restaurant experiences, there’s a Friday fish for you in Eagle River. Below is just a sampling of the local flavors you’ll find in our neck of the woods.
Buckshots – 2230 US-45 N, Eagle River, WI 54521
Open for lunch and dinner, Buckshots is the perfect place to refuel during a day of fun on the trails. The lightly breaded perch basket and walleye finger basket are two surefire ways to warm you up and satisfy those flavor cravings.
Both baskets come with traditional Wisconsin Friday fish fry sides: a creamy and well-balanced tartar sauce, a sweet coleslaw, beans, and slice of rye bread. Just like the fish fry might be described as comfort food, Buckshots delivers all the creature comforts you’d expect from a Northwoods restaurant/bar – a mix of high-top tables, booths, tables for groups, and seats at the bar. It even has hooks hanging from overhead support beams for your snowmobile helmet!
Pitlik’s – 4833 Sand Beach Dr, Eagle River, WI 54521
On the shores of Sand Lake, the restaurant at Pitlik’s Resort offers beautiful views inside, as well. A gorgeous stone fireplace greets visitors near the main entrance off the bar. Inside the intimate dining area, guests will find Friday fish fry offerings that span various types of fish, including the “Catch of the Day” hand-battered and fried haddock and a large Canadian walleye known as “He Broke My Line.”
Pitlik’s offers traditional sides like rye bread and red potatoes with its fish fry, but it also has a fun take on a classic with a garden slaw and comes with a pasta salad, too. This classic resort restaurant fills up fast when it opens at 4:30 p.m., but then again, nobody complains with a seat at the bar and a lakeshore view.
Eagle Waters – 3958 Eagle Waters Rd, Eagle River, WI 54521
Eagle Waters Resort possesses one of the richest histories in the area and the Northwoods décor inside the restaurant illustrates that point. But the Friday fish fry and regular menu fish options offer new flavor combinations that go beyond tradition.
The house Kee-Mi-Con walleye is encased in a crispy Ritz cracker crust that adds an excellent crunch to the soft, flaky fish inside. Instead of chicken piccata, try the piccata walleye – served on angel hair pasta covered in a lemon caper sauce. Complete with a two-sided fireplace to warm up on a cold winter night, Eagle Waters balances a traditional look and feel with savory Friday fish fry options that are sure to make all diners leave satisfied and full.
Catch 22 – 3310 WI-70 E, Eagle River, WI 54521
Looking for that supper club feel? Catch it at Catch 22. Enter through the bar area and step into a classic Friday night dining experience complete with families and groups sitting at table linens, gentle candlelight, and soft music.
The meal starts with rolls accompanied by butter cream and roasted garlic. The Friday fish fry has a pair of protein options – perch and haddock. The haddock can also come baked for a healthier choice. Because half the fun of a fish fry are the side options, be sure to check out the potato pancake that comes with applesauce or syrup. The coleslaw has an enjoyable zing to it. If you’ve got a group who wants to experience that Up North supper club feel on a Friday night, Catch 22 should be on your short list.
Kickback Grill – 1980 US-45 N, Eagle River, WI 54521
Nestled alongside Duck Lake, Kickback Grill offers an inviting atmosphere perfect for family meals to big group gatherings. The broiled haddock has a nice golden-brown look and comes with melted butter for diners craving that savory experience.
The walleye is lightly breaded with a pleasant texture. But if we’re sharing secrets, the sides truly steal the show at Kickback Grill. The beans have ground beef and bacon that take them to another level. The coleslaw has a vinegar flavor without being sour. The potato pancake is grilled with a nice balance of crunchy outside and soft inside. Whether you want to sit at the bar, check out the event hall, or just take over a table in the dining area, you’re sure to enjoy this Friday fish fry.