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Best Fish Fry: And The Winner Is...

St. Stephen and The Cellar were neck-and-neck in the inaugural Patch fish fry poll.

Oak Creek Patch readers are pretty passionate about their fish fry.

When the polls closed at 9 a.m. Friday, and 45 comments posted. It even generated a little bit of controversy.

In the end, it came down to and . Note the disclaimer that "because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results, comments and reviews on Patch Places."

In my book, we're all winners here. But I have to name just one -- I refuse to cop out and declare it a "tie."

And it's tough to ignore the outpouring of comments, plus the simple fact this establishment had more votes (59) then any other.

The Cellar, you are the winner of the inaugural 2012 Best Fish Fry poll. 

The Cellar has a long, long history in Oak Creek. Once called Oakwood Hall, it was founded way back in the 1800s. In addition to its fish fry, it is also known for its pizza, Prime Rib, burgers and homemade appetizers.

Its loyal customers took to the comment section and noted the friendly environment, good service and reasonable cost.

"We think it's an honor with such great restaurants in the area that we were considered the best for fish fry," Manager Shirley Miksa said. "We thank our very loyal customers who came forward and voted for us.

"We really are dedicated to pleasing our customers and providing a great atmosphere."

So congratulations to the Cellar. We'll be running similar contests throughout the next several weeks involving a variety of Oak Creek businesses, so be sure to vote in those as well.

Cilantro65 March 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Well I know where I will dining tonight!
J Money March 02, 2012 at 06:11 PM
STOP HATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheated on a poll Come on. And its always I know someone who saw a rat in there. If one person saw it the whole place would have seen it and the health deptartment would have beeny called.....( OH Yah the other regular customers just looked the other way hey) Look whos cheating now HATING on a good place and a Dam good Fish Fry!!!!!!!
Mark Schaaf March 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
had to delete the last comment because it's possibly libelous, fine to express your opinion but just remember - poll is only for fun...
Mark B March 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Nice hearsay. Something tells me you have issues with the owners. I don't know the owners or employees and I haven't dined there in years. I will check them out for a Friday fish fry sometime soon
Holly S March 02, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Not bad, coming in second St. Stephen's Fish Fry! Considering the fact that it is a fundraiser, not for profit; and is organized and run by volunteers! As a parishioner of this church that makes me quite proud! Delicious food and great atmosphere; lots of smiling volunteers ready to serve you some great food!
Jan Massie March 03, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Because I am always in search of the best Fish Fry, I followed this post closely. Last night we ventured out to "The Celler" and had the Fried Cod, it was excellent. I am always leary of beer battered perch because it can be so heavy but that will be my next choice to try, the batter is light and crispy and the fish white and flakey. It was beautiful by the fire and the patio doors watching it snow. Problem is because we have all talked it up, it will be so busy, we won't get in....? So have a drink and relax.
Kevin C. March 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Great People! Great Times! Great Food! Enough Said!
Tedd Nardelli March 03, 2012 at 03:43 PM
As one of the chair persons at St. Stephens annual lenten fish fry I am VERY proud of our loyal volunteers, parishioners and the people who support our annual event. As a new neighbor of Oak Creek, we had a great showing in the fish fry contest. Give us a try and let us show you how good we are.
Mark Schaaf March 03, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I'm hitting both the Cellar and St. Stephen's in the next few weeks...had designs on St. Stephen's last night but decided against it due to the snow.

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