Best fish-fry in mpls?
I'm a little confused. Are you looking for a fish fry? That's what most of these replies seem to be about. Or are you looking for a venue to rent where you can have your own fish fry? That would probably translate to places like Nicollet Island Pavilion, or Minnehaha Park.
Good question. I assumed she was looking for a venue where she could rent space and have someone put on a fish fry for her group. A dining room, or a caterer with a site.
Would have recommended inquiring at Sea Salt, but they are closed for the winter and might not answer before April.
One that won't make any lists yet (as it hasn't opened) that you may want to keep an eye on is Kim Bartmann's new restaurant in NE; Red Stag. She's said there will be a Friday fish fry which I believe will include both haddock and perch.
There appears to be an upstairs dining room, but since it isn't open, I am unsure. I can tell you there is a staircase in the middle of the ground floor dining room.
Rumor is that they will finally open this month, so give it a look-see.
I haven't tried enough fish fries to comment on the best, but here's a list of fish fries I compiled awhile back from places I'd heard about:
I've also noticed Tavern on the Avenue (in St. Paul) has fish fry, and they definitely have the ability to rent out space, but I don't know much more than that because I've only been there once.
For the record, my favorite fish fry thus far is the Friday night fish fry Groveland Tap in St. Paul, white fish in a Leinie's batter. I don't know if they rent out space, but they do have an area in the back with pool tables and such that they'd maybe be willing to rent out? I'm not sure how many people you're thinking of hosting... http://www.grovelandtap.com/
Here's another post on Lenten fish fries in particular, which does result in some general discussion about local fish fry that may or may not be helpful to you: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37332...
re: The Dairy Queen
I have wanted to do a Friday fish fry for awhile, but it's hard to go out Friday night after a long week at work, especially with a 2.5 year old. But today I had to drop my wife and daughter at the airport tonight and after reading TDQ's post above at work today, decided to try Groveland Tap, which was just a short drive from the airport.
What a great suggestion it was. It is a pleasant little neighborhood place, and there were mostly families dining there. Fish and chips rate an "A" in my book. The batter was perfectly crisp, and delicious. The fish tasted buttery, and complemented the batter well. The french fries were average, but that wasn't the primary goal. Also thought the tarter sauce was very good. They were happy to bring a refill of just the fish. Total was $10.75 including a pint of Summit (it's $9.25 for the AYCE, or $10.75 with the beer). What a bargain!