#8 – Eat Fresh at Brown Fisheries Fish House

Do a Google search for “Brown Fisheries Fish House” and you’ll find five star ratings from sites like Urbanspoon, Yelp and TripAdvisor. They’ve also been written up in The New York Times, The Detroit Free Press and various other national publications.

Not bad for a little family owned restaurant in Paradise, Michigan.

The fish Brown’s serves is as fresh as it comes. Our waitress broke it down like this:

Brown Fisheries Fish House

Brown Fisheries Fish House

“We’re a third generation commercial fishery and we only serve fresh fish. We go fishing every morning. If we don’t have fish, we don’t open. If we run out of fish, we close early.”

In other words, when you eat at Browns, that whitefish nestled in your fish and chips basket was swimming in Lake Superior while you sipped your morning coffee.

And believe me, you can taste the difference. The perch was also good, but solid whitefish can be difficult to find away from the shores of Lake Superior, so I’d recommend opting for the local specialty.

My wife and I ate at Brown’s while sightseeing around the Tahquamenon Falls Area.

We showed up at 11:30 AM thinking they’d be open for lunch but the restaurant looked empty and the parking lot was vacant. We consulted a sign on the door, learned they opened at Noon and decided to kill some time exploring Paradise.

Well, Paradise, Michigan isn’t exactly a metropolis so we ended up back at Brown’s just a few minutes later. We gazed longingly at a dark neon sign in the restaurant’s front window, waiting for it to flicker to life.

And, as many of you know, it’s not wise to get between a hungry pregnant woman and her lunch. Such was my mistake here.

“I’m hungry,” said my pregnant wife.

“I know Babe,” I replied. “Me too.”

“Are you sure this is the place?”

“Pretty sure,” I said. She glared at me.

Brown Fisheries Front Dining Area

Brown Fisheries Front Dining Area

“It looks… empty.

“It’s almost Noon Babe.”

“But didn’t you say they don’t always have regular hours? Something like, they don’t open if they don’t have fish?

“Umm… yeah.”

She sighed deeply, probably questioning her choice in a husband.

I’m still hungry,” she sighed.

Then, right at Noon the sign lit up and we eagerly stepped inside, their first customers of the day. (Thank you Brown’s for having fish that day!)

I had the whitefish basket and my wife had the perch basket. The setting and the presentation are basic, but the fish was amazing. The whitefish I had at Brown’s absolutely possessed flavors above and beyond any whitefish I’d had before, and I’ve had my fair share.

By the time we left about a half hour later, the place was jam-packed with people from all over the country, all of them raving about their meals. And as we pulled out of the

Brown Fisheries Whitefish Basket

The Whitefish Basket

parking lot and made our way North to Whitefish Point, even more eager diners arrived, hungry for some of Brown’s famous fish.

Bottom Line: If you like fish, you need to get to know Brown Fisheries Fish House in Paradise, MI.

Other things to note: Bring cash, credit and debit cards are not accepted. The smoked fish dip and fish chowder are also must try items if you like those sorts of things.

To see more photos of Brown Fisheries Fish House, click here to access my Facebook page and then and then browse to the “Brown’s Fish House” photo album. (You’ll need to “like” the page if you haven’t already)

Beer/Wine Served? Nope.

Location: 32638 W M28 Paradise, MI 49768

To see Brown Fisherie’s location on my map of the Upper Peninsula, click here.

Phone: (906) 492-3901

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Have you been to Brown’s Fish House? What did you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Responses to #8 – Eat Fresh at Brown Fisheries Fish House

  1. Tom August 11, 2011 at 9:02 pm #

    My wife and I both grew up in the Soo and now live in Brimley so we have lots of exposure to fresh fish.

    Brown’s is by far the best. If they don’t have fresh that day fish….. they don’t open. I recommend the pickled creamed herring appetizer with crackers and hot sauce if you have room.

    • Jesse Land August 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

      Nice, thanks for the suggestion Tom. I love herring (and hot sauce) and will definitely try that appetizer next time!

  2. Erica August 13, 2011 at 1:30 am #

    I absolutely loved it! The food was great, the service was excellent, and the menu was whatever they had fresh that day!

  3. Cindy West August 26, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    I love their food. Friendly, homey dining on the freshest fish in town.

    • Jesse August 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, Cindy! I’d say they probably have the freshest fish in the U.P.! If anyone else is on par with them in terms of fresh fish I haven’t found them yet!

  4. Kim August 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    The best-hands down. They ran out early on Wednesday….I called Thursday morning about 10:30, spoke to Buddy-”They are still wiggling over here” he says “lots of fish today-come on up!” You will not get any fresher, better whitefish in the state.

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    […] On a whim, we decided to make a day trip to Whitefish Point, Michigan and see the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  For me, places like this seem to embody the feel and amazing history of the Great Lakes. It’s refreshing to be reminded of those that used these waterways before us. It’s even better that we remember them by honoring their memory and learning what the lakes meant to them. It is a trek to get out to whitefish point but you can see Canada and get some awesome smoked whitefish from Brown Fisheries. […]

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