Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wisconsin's Good Friday Tradition

 by Deb

Here in Wisconsin, where Catholics are in the majority, observing the Friday fish rule during Lent is serious stuff, whether we happen to be Catholic or not. Actually, our Friday fish fry is an important tradition all year long.

But Good Friday is our main event. That's when we really pack the church basements and taverns and supper clubs and trendy restaurants. And we are all going to order the exact same thing. A real honest-to-goodness Wisconsin fish fry. My mouth waters just thinking about:

  • Beer battered, deep fried fish, usually cod or perch
  • tartar sauce & a slice of lemon
  • French fries (and/or potato pancakes with applesauce)
  • Coleslaw
  • Rye bread & butter
We spend the rest of the year searching for the best fish fry, plotting the next week's target, risking dark back alleys, scouring the local newspapers for review clues.  Then we meet with friends and compare notes.

It's all about the journey.

I can't wait for Friday! Are you with me?