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Anderson's Chic-n-Fish in Chippewa Falls fills hunger for concession fare

Rebecca Mennecke |

FRIEND FOOD FRENZY. Dig into food-truck inspired fare at Anderson's Chic-n-Fish in Chippewa Falls.
FRIED FOOD FRENZY. Dig into food-truck inspired fare at Anderson's Chic-n-Fish in Chippewa Falls. (Contributed photo)

If you’re missing FRIED FAIR FOODS, Look no further than Chippewa Falls’ new hit restaurant, Anderson’s Chic-n-Fish, 615 W. Park Ave. This family-owned business began as a dream of John Anderson, who initially began vending at local fairs when his children were extremely young.

“I was basically born into it,” said Tiffany Nesja, Anderson’s daughter. “I always got to travel around all the fairs when I was younger. … I always had a blast.”

About 15 years ago, Anderson became exhausted by the late nights and long hours of the concessions business and shifted gears to selling used cars. But, one day, he decided enough was enough, and he followed his dream of opening a restaurant, building much of the inside of his restaurant with his own two hands.

“I was basically born into it,” said Tiffany Nesja, Anderson’s daughter. “I always got to travel around all the fairs when I was younger. … I always had a blast.”

The timing couldn’t have been better. When the pandemic hit in March, and their doors opened in April, many concession events were canceled. “If it wasn’t for this, I haven’t done any events with the concessions,” Anderson said.

During their first Friday Fish Fry, they had folks lined out the door, hungry for some good eats. Everyone knows the Anderson family for the fair foods, so they have a “Just Like the Fair” section on their menu, specifically for fresh-batter cheese curds, gyros, cotton candy, hand-dipped corn dogs, and funnel cakes. In the fall, they’ll also have caramel apples.

But they have even more than just your average fair food, including chic-n-strip buckets, shrimp dinners, fish dinners, cornbread, chic-n-buckets, and chic-n-fish dinners – all available like a fast-food restaurant with take-out and outdoor dining options.

“If you’ve ever run a concession stand,” Anderson said, “everything else looks easy.”


You can check out more of Chic-n-Fish’s delicious eats at chic-n-fish.com