Meet the Milwaukee man who has had a fish fry dinner 528 Fridays in a row

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Meet the Milwaukee man who has had a fish fry dinner 528 Fridays in a row

Meet the Milwaukee man who has had a fish fry dinner 528 Fridays in a row

Wisconsin tradition reaches new heights with a man’s remarkable commitment to Friday fish fry dinners.

The first Friday of Lent is fish fry Friday in Wisconsin, a Midwest tradition. And now, officially, it’s a holiday recognized by the governor’s office!

A Tradition Like No Other

That’s a celebration nearly all Wisconsinites can get behind. It might be no surprise to you that the Milwaukee man who created the holiday has a deep love for all varieties of fish; deep-fried, hand-battered, or breaded. But you’ll likely be shocked to hear just how committed he is. Caleb Westphal has enjoyed more than 500 Friday fish fry dinners — in a row! TMJ4’s Andrea Albers met Westphal at one of the city’s busiest Friday night spots, The Packing House, to hear the (fish) tale.

The Secret to a Great Fish Fry

“If you don’t have a good tartar, it’s not going to work,” said Chris Wiken, owner of The Packing House. Wiken knows what makes a good fish fry and knows how to serve it up, in big numbers.

Dedication Rewarded

“There have been Good Fridays where we’ve done like 1,200 fish frys,” he recalled. His family-owned restaurant is launching into its 50th Lenten season and Wiken is grateful, attributing much of the restaurant’s longevity and success to its dedicated staff.

Longevity and Tradition

“Bobby in our kitchen — he’s been with us 43 of those 50 years,” added Wiken.

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