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If you read my blog postings, you know I enjoy a good fish fry and I love "discovering" new ones; new to me, of course, as there aren't really any "undiscovered" fish fries in the Milwaukee area anymore, are there?
Last Friday, after a date with some bouncy houses in Franklin, the family moved east to Greendale for dinner at The Harmony Inn, a vocal group-themed restaurant at 5601 Broad St., in the heart of the village.
Although singers often stop in to perform, there were none on Friday. Maybe it's for the best. As we perused the menu in the lobby, a barbershop quartet recording was piped in, leading one of my kids to say, "THAT'S annonying."
Luckily, there was nothing else annoying about the rest of the experience. The dining room is simple and neat and while most other diners were considerably older than us, I reserve judgment because we were eating at "kid dinner time," which is a synonym for "older folks' dinner time." Anyway, we know people our age and younger who dine there.
We had friendly, attentive service and ate four meals – two were kid meals, which cost less than adult entress – and spent less than $40.
But, while my kids loved the bathroom mosaics best, I really dug the fish fry. The tender cod was lightly breaded, which meant it wasn't greasy. And the two potato pancakes were not only huge, but were delicious and had shredded carrots, which made me feel like I ate my veggies, too.
It wasn't all you can eat – they so rarely are anymore – but when the food was gone, I was satisfied. As anyone who knows me knows, that's saying something.
I wish The Harmony Inn was a little more on my beaten path, but we have friends in Greendale, so I suspect we'll be back. But I also want to check out Riccardo's next door.
Have you been there? If so, please report in using the Talkback feature below. That's where you can also argue with me if you think there are still "hidden" fish fries in Milwaukee.
Well I thought I was the only Zman in Milwaukee guess not. While maybe not unknown I enjoy the fish fry at Serb Hall along with all the other fixings on there bufffey type all you can eat. Help yourself to potato pancakes, potatos, veggies, baked or fried ect plus dessert. Best in the area. As for Pizza I like the thin crust hugh pizza at Balistreris on 68th Wells when Ican splurge. Best in Town. Runners up Barbieres on 58th and Bluemound make sure to get the garlic bread is Best in Town. Dinos on Howell between Howard and Layton is great. Big Ebes 92nd Lincoln when I want a Delivery just in range of me cheese loaded nice and greasy loaded with toppings. Filippos on 68th Lincoln has great pizza and everything else Italian. Best Chain pizza but more $$$ then others Rockys. (Not discounting some I have,nt tried yet there are so many)
Bobby - Ricardo's is in my top 5-6 pizza places in the whole city (I'm probably a little biased since I grew up with it)... I always tell people to try the Cheeseburger pizza - sounds a little strange, but tastes just like a McDonald's cheeseburger. It's the same recipes as Riverfront Pizzeria downtown on Erie St. if you've been there, but the original is just a tiny bit better in my opinion. Weekends can be a bit tricky to get a table, so be prepared for a wait if you go on a Friday or Saturday night.
Sounds great! You mentioned that all-you-can-eat Fish Fries are getting harder to find. A great example of the classic Milwaukee neighborhood Fish Fry is St. Sebastian Church (55th and Washington Blvd). First Friday of every month...all-you-can-eat for less than $10! Good stuff!
Bobby...welcome to my side of town. Harmony Inn also serve a great breakfast. Richardo's is a quaint little pizza stop (reminds me of the old Rosanne's on Booth St. back in the day). Good pizza, you'll enjoy. Two other stops you should try next time you head south...Casa Di Giorgio in Franklin and Di Carlo's in Oak Creek - both have excellent Italian menus and great atmosphere.
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