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Looking for best German food in Milwaukee and Fried Perch near Kenosha

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In a couple of months, my wife and I and will be flying from Boston to Milwaukee to attend a family event in Kenosha. Although I've lived in Boston for many years, I grew up in Chicago, and I still remember many a family drive to Milwaukee to feast on great German food. Additionally, I'd like to find the best place between Milwaukee and Kenosha to gorge myself on some of that fabulous lake perch we used to get when I was a kid.

Getting some thoughts from local Hounds regarding their favorites will be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I like Karl Ratzch's the best by far. I love the liver dumpling soup especially. Some prefer Maders's, which is also good. Kegel's is also good if you want a much more laid-back feel. You may also want to check out Crocus, which is Polish. The food there is great. Sorry I cant be much help for the fish fry btw Mke and Kenosha, but most (but certainly not all) places have perch on Friday. Good luck!

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    Mader's
    1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

    1. A second yes to Karl Ratzch's, and also Pandl's Inn in WhItefish Bay, which has a very nice outdoor biergarten if the weather permits outdoor dining. Mader's is very touristy, tons of bus tours, but you can also head down the street for shopping at Usinger's and Spice House. As for the fried perch, I'd head south to Pleasant Prairie and go to Ray Radigan's, which has good fried perch and a fantastic old fashioned supper club vibe.

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      Mader's
      1041 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203

      Spice House
      1031 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI

      Ray Radigan's Restaurant
      11712 Sheridan Rd, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158