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Friday night fish is a hit in Benton

  • Jackie Wyskiel, left, works on takeout orders alongside Connie Hogan on a recent Friday night at the Benton American Legion Post 280/VFW, where they host a Friday night fish fry during the winter months.

    Jackie Wyskiel, left, works on takeout orders alongside Connie Hogan on a recent Friday night at the Benton American Legion Post 280/VFW, where they host a Friday night fish fry during the winter months.
    Ceasar Maragni Photo

  • Larry Wyskiel is the head cook for the Friday night fish fry at the Benton American Legion Post 280/VFW.

    Larry Wyskiel is the head cook for the Friday night fish fry at the Benton American Legion Post 280/VFW.
    Ceasar Maragni Photo

 
by Ceasar Maragni
Contributing Writer
updated: 2/19/2021 9:58 AM

Larry Wyskiel spends his Friday nights during the winter months in a room with a half dozen women.

And his wife Jackie even knows about it. In fact, she's one of them.

Turns out the Benton man wouldn't have it any other way, as he says he enjoys being "The head cook!" for the Benton American Legion Post 280/Veteran's of Foreign Wars' Friday night fish, shrimp and chicken meals. He and the half dozen ladies serve up meals to the hungry customers who line up for the $10 plates that also include a baked potato, slaw, baked beans and hush puppies.

Legion Auxiliary member Freida Broadway said they are usually quite busy for the two hours from 5 to 7 p.m. "We've done really well despite the pandemic because we have curbside pickup."

In addition to the options of chicken and shrimp plates, customers have their choice of codfish or catfish.

Guests do not have to be members of the Legion/VFW Post to purchase the Friday night specials and may call their orders in to 618-438-0861 beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The VFW Post is located at 311 S. Main St. in Benton.