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We Dined at The Ding-A-Ling

The Friday Night Dining Club took a road trip into The Land of Cheese last time!

We headed North to Hanover, Wisconsin on Highway H to visit The Ding-A-Ling Supper Club!  The Ding-A-Ling is a mainstay in Southern Wisconsin for good home cooking!  They have been around for years under several different owners.  Current owners, Kyla and Jerrad Wilke are doing a wonderful job at keeping with the tradition of The Ding-A-Ling!

The Ding-A-Ling has been around for many years and when you drive up, you may be a little taken aback, but don't let the the place fool you, step in the front door (which, by the way, has a very large and noisy bell on it, so be prepared!) and you will feel welcome!  The staff is friendly and accommodating, as well as the patrons.  We struck up several conversations with strangers almost as soon as we arrived!

Being a supper club in Wisconsin can only mean one thing on a Friday night....FISH FRY!  The Ding-A-Ling is one of the few restaurants still offering an "All You Can Eat"  Fish Fry, featuring Lightly Battered Cod, Beer Battered Cod and Perch (or a combo of all three)!  In addition to the AYCE Fish Fry, they also offer Broiled Cod, Broiled or Deep Fried Walleye and Blue Gill!

Not open on Mondays, The Ding-A-Ling offers specials every other day of the week, in addition to their regular menu which includes steaks, Prime Rib, Fried Chicken, Pork Chops, Seafood Platter (Broiled or Fried), Burgers and many appetizers.
A couple of notable offerings on their menu include "All You Can Eat" Prime Rib on Saturday nights and Fried Chicken and Homemade Dumplings on Saturday and Sundays!

Your dinner comes complete with rolls, choice of soup, cottage cheese or salad, choice of potato.....let's stop here, along with baked, fries and hash browns, The Ding-A-Ling offers Boston Browns, a cubed potato that is browned on all sides.....crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside!  On Fridays, they also offer Potato Pancakes.

Orders at our table included the All You Can Eat Fish....all varieties, baked Walleye and Smothered Chicken.  The Baked Walleye was perfectly broiled!  It wasn't dry and crusty, it was moist and flaky!  A good choice for those watching the fat grams!

The Fried Fish was battered nicely, and the lightly battered Cod was just that - lightly battered!  Not too much batter on the outside, but lots of crunch!  I would prefer a more seasoned batter, but it let the flavor of the fish shine thru!  The Beer Batter had a little more flavor to it and it was just as crunchy!  The Perch, which can be turn out overcooked very quickly came to the table flaky and moist.  A few minutes into our meal, our waitress brought out an over-flowing plate of extra fish for the All You Can Eaters at our table (and a few extra pieces for those that didn't order the AYCE!).

The Smothered Chicken was a chicken breast, smothered in Swiss Cheese, mushrooms and gravy and served on a bed of wild rice (don't like rice?  No problem here, ask for potatoes instead!)!  There was plenty to take home and have another meal!

In keeping with the Supper Club tradition, we topped off our meal with some ice cream drinks, a Grasshopper, a Pink Squirrel and a Brandy Alexander!

I hope you will give The Ding-A-Ling a try!  It is an easy drive and a destination, if for nothing more than to say you have been to the Ding-A-Ling!  Give them a call at 608-879-9209.

The Ding-A-Ling is open for Dinners only and they are closed on Mondays.  Prices start at $2.99 for appetizers, $5.99 for sandwiches, Steaks from $9.99, Seafood from $9.99 and specials from $8.99.  All You Can Eat Fish on Fridays is $10.99!  There is a kid's menu, too!

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