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4412 Siggelkow Rd., McFarland
Okay, so the gorgeous view of Lake Waubesa is slightly less compelling when it’s buried under ice and the gray clouds of winter, but it never dampens the vibe at The Green Lantern, McFarland’s signature good-time neighborhood bar and supper club.
“Sometimes, it’s during inclement weather when the customers come in the most,” avers chef John Disselhoff, who’s been plying his fry since moving to Madison from Florida four years ago. Indeed, it’s common to stroll up the sturdy wooden entrance ramp on a Friday night and discover the crowd two deep at the bar, with a trio of host-stand staffers managing the line as it stretches back toward the pool table, video slots and jukebox. Disselhoff says it’s not unusual to see upward of five hundred people truck through on a typical Friday night.
Tradition rocks the boat in this building, which once served as an ice depot a hundred years ago. The fish fry is anchored by Atlantic cod, either coated in beer batter or lightly breaded. And a side of hash browns, naturally. It’s a winning/tasty formula that stretches back several decades.
“There’s a reason we’ve been doing it so long,” says Disselhoff. “We know what we’re doing. We’re kind of a juggernaut here.”