Fish Fry Face Off Round 1 Bracket

2023 Fish Fry Face-Off: Border Battle


It’s time to vote! When the scales are finally tipped, will it be Minneapolis or St. Paul hosting the Fish Fry Faceoff belt of power?

YOU DECIDE! Watch what the judges thought, get your fish fry plan in order if you plan to hit multiple spots this Friday and then boost your bracket by VOTING HERE!

Classic face-offs this week:
In STP we have the ‘Sconnie flavored Urban Growler vs. good time pub Brunson’s. And current champ Dark Horse vs. the refreshed Gabe’s for a smackdown.

In MPLS it’s an entire fish at Smack Shack vs. Gluek’s and those hush puppies you can’t stop eating. And pro chipper The Anchor vs. Blue Door Pub’s battered homage to the king of beers, Hamm’s.

Who do you love? Whose fish was appropriately greasy? Whose slaw lives in your memories? Make yourself heard folks, this is round 1.

2023 Competitors

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St. Paul Fish Fry

Brunsons Pub LogoBrunson’s Pub // Good ol’ St. Paul in pub form. 

Two 4 oz cod filets with house beer batter featuring Summit EPA, crispy french fries, house tarter sauce, and coleslaw. $14.50

Available every day.

Dark Horse 2022Dark Horse Bar & Eatery // Last year’s winner, stepping up to hold on to the belt. 

Wild caught Alaskan pollack, GF tempura batter, nuoc cham dipping sauce, sun dried tomato remoulade, cilantro lime slaw. $20

Available on Fridays.

Gabes LogoGabe’s Neighborhood Bar & Kitchen // Betting on Lift Bridge Farm Girl batter to charm you. 

Lift Bridge Farm Girl beer battered Atlantic Cod, fries, coleslaw and house-made tartar sauce. A two piece lunch special and curbside pickup are also available. All You Can Eat $15.95

Available on Fridays.

Urban Growler LogoUrban Growler // Beer professionals know how to fish fry Wisconsinably. 

Minnesota's first women-owned microbrewery is serving up a Wisconsin-inspired fish fry with a fun, Minnesota twist. Panko crusted walleye filets, house tartar and coleslaw, pumpernickel rye bread, and your choice of side. Served every Friday, all year round--not just during Lent! $20

Available on Fridays.

Minneapolis Fish Fry

The Anchor Logo_v2The Anchor Fish & Chips // Like you’re in Dublin, and feeling lucky. 

Dishing up "The Real Deal" Fish & Chips in Northeast Minneapolis since 2009: The Anchor Fish & Chips is the closest you will find to that authentic taste you dream about. Alaskan cod & hand cut chips, with made from scratch Tartar sauce. $16

Fish and chips available every day.

Blue Door LogoBlue Door Pub // Stuffing burgers isn’t all they are good at, ya know! 

Thick flakey fillets of cod hand battered in a traditional beer batter featuring the King of beers, Hamms. Served with our hand cut French fries, creamy coleslaw, house tartar sauce, and lemon wedges. Starting at $11.95

Available on Fridays at both Longfellow and University locations.

Glueks LogoGluek’s Restaurant & Bar // 4th Generation fish fryers know what’s up. 

Hand dipped Gluek Pilsener Beer battered Cod, seasoned fries, hushpuppies, cole slaw & dill-caper tatar sauce. All You Can Eat, $18.95.

Available on Fridays.

Smack Shack LogoSmack Shack // Not messing around. 

Whole Fried Red Snapper and Green Papaya Salad with Chili Crisp and Yam Chips. $49.95

*Of note, they also have fish and chips, with Cajun fries, and slaw, but those are not part of the voting bracket.

Available every day through April 6th at the North Loop and Bloomington locations.

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