Fish Fry Alternatives to Try in the Fox Cities

Looking for a dining alternative to a Friday fish fry? Think outside of the fryer. Get your fish fix with these healthier fish options at Fox Cities restaurants.

Mahi Mahi from Houdini's Escape Gastropub | PC: @houdinisescape

Downtown Appleton

The Spot: Fress - Fress Restaurant & Bar is relatively new to the Fox Cities restaurant scene, but they have already made a name for themselves. Known for their appetizers and ever-changing seasonal menu, all of their dishes are made from scratch.

The Dish: Ocean Trout - A piece of trout served with basil pistou cream, braised fennel and cauliflower, and raw fennel preserved lemon salad


The Spot: Houdini's Escape Gastropub - Houdini's Escape Gastropub is just a short walk from downtown. The pub offers a selection of over 160 craft beers and microbrews as well as an extensive wine list. Come for their seasonal-inspired entrees and stay for the live music that is often playing. The open concept kitchen will give you a sneak peak at the culinary magicians preparing your food.

The Dish: Mahi Mahi - 8 oz. pan-seared Mahi over a bed of riced cauliflower with wilted spinach, wild mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes finished with a lemon caper white wine butter sauce


The Spot: Katsu-Ya of Japan - Katsu-Ya of Japan brings traditional Japanese cuisine to the Fox Cities with an fun, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy an intimate dinner for two or bring an entire group to experience the excitement of Hibachi.

The Dish: The Nakashima Roll - Tuna, salmon, yellowtail, cream cheese, cucumber, tobiko, cilantro, jalapeno, spicy sauce, and topped with sesame seeds

Zuppe di Pesce from Carmella's an Italian Bistro | PC: @mkeeeeeats

Around the Fox Cities

The Spot: Zuppas Market, Cafe & Catering - Like its loyal patrons, dine at Zuppa's with your spirit high and your stomach hungry, and you won't be disappointed. The cafe provides the option to dine in for a comfy, contemporary experience or grab something on-the-go to keep up with your busy schedule. Ranging from light and fresh dishes to "comfort food" style dishes, Chef Peter Kuenzi will prepare some of the most mouthwatering dishes in the Fox Cities.

The Dish: Maine Lobster Salad Sandwich - Maine lobster salad with greens on a brooch roll


The Spot: Carmella's an Italian Bistro - Named after their grandmother, Carmella's an Italian Bistro uses fresh local ingredients in their classic Italian dishes like baked gnocchi, marsala, and scampi. A friendly waitstaff coupled with the succulent food will make your dining experience unforgettable.

The Dish: Zuppe di Pesce - Seafood soup with baby calamari, Prince Edward Island muscles, Manila clams, a jumbo scallop, and Linguine in a Tomato broth.


The Spot: Field & Fire - Field & Fire provides entertainment along with their made-from-scratch entree items. The intimate dining room provides every patron a fantastic view of the chefs, who are preparing your meal. Belly up to the bar-style seating for a front row view of the cooking.

The Dish: Salmon - Salmon served with fennel flume, root vegetable, and a citrus garnish


Prefer a traditional Friday Fish Fry? Find an array of Fox Cities fish fry options here.


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