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Wisconsin Fish Boil Recommendations

Cathy2 Jul 7, 2002 12:36 AM


I'm looking for recommendations for authentic Wisconsin Fish Boil without having to go to Door County.

I'm in the Chicago North Suburbs and I'm willing to travel as far north as Port Washington. However, I want authentic and will travel!

Is this the season for Fish Boil or is this an Autumn event?

I've heard about it for years but keep missing my opportunity.


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    Josh Resnik RE: Cathy2 Jul 8, 2002 09:27 AM

    Have any chowhounds found good fish boil within 90 minutes of the Twin Cities? I know fish boil is more of a Door County thing. I wasn't sure if spead over to the western part of Wisconsin. If it has, I would be interested in checking it out.

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      Michael Hoffman RE: Josh Resnik Jul 8, 2002 10:56 AM

      I've never had a fish boil in Wisconsin or Minnesota, but I've had them in Michigan, New York and Ohio.

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        Donna - MI RE: Michael Hoffman Jul 8, 2002 12:46 PM

        We had a great one in Door Couty, WI - but where did you go to one in MI? Thanks in advance.

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          Michael Hoffman RE: Donna - MI Jul 9, 2002 01:43 PM

          I've had fish boils in Au Gres, Oscoda and Alpena on Lake Huron, and at Manistee, Grand Haven and South Haven on Lake Michigan.

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            Donna - MI RE: Michael Hoffman Jul 9, 2002 07:04 PM

            Thanks! We are canoeing the Au Sable River in Oscoda this weekend so maybe we can find one around there.

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      Bruce RE: Cathy2 Jul 8, 2002 11:02 PM

      Sorry, have not seen anything like fish boil around where I live (north central Wisconsin, a little north of Wausau)--just fish FRY around here. As other poster has suggested, boil might be mainly door county thing.

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        Ironpepper RE: Cathy2 Jul 11, 2002 07:51 AM

        This was at the White Gull Inn, a welcome warm meal when we were on a cold wet campout:


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          GoalieJeff RE: Cathy2 Jul 14, 2002 02:04 AM

          check out goodhunting.com . Look in fish recipes . They have a Wisconsin fish boil recipe . Sounds kinda chowdery to me , but maybe it's good .

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            brketo RE: Cathy2 Sep 27, 2013 02:08 PM

            I grew up in Eau Claire ,WI and we did fish boils all the time I moved to International Falls, MN and live on the Canadain boarder, where I have contnued to do the boils.. We just did the 6th annual boil at the Sons of Norway Vinland Lodge last sunday, I'm zone director for SON Zone 1 and due boils in IA, SD, ND, MN, & WI.. If you send me your e-mail I will send you pix of the boils and all details,,brketo@aol.com

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