Fish Type: Cod Price: $10.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: My girlfriend requested a place where she could have something that was not deep fried so I had to go into my bag of tricks on this particular Friday. Most places that dish up the Friday Fish Fry specialize in the fried goods so it can be tough to find a place that does Fish Fry as well as non-fried good equally well. Since we had not been to the Oakleaf Restaurant in Cottage Grove and their menu looked fairly diverse I decided that they were a good candidate to satisfy both of us.
The Oakleaf Restaurant is in the clubhouse of the Oak Golf Course just north of Cottage Grove. The restaurant itself is a little out of the way and hard to find, partially due to their tiny sign that we drove right past. From the outside the Oakleaf looks like your typical clubhouse restaurant/bar. There were surprisingly few cars in the parking lot which gave us an uneasy feeling since it was close to 8:30 and we thought they may not serve late. As it turns out the place was just incredibly empty and we were the only people there at the time actually eating dinner. There were about 6-10 people milling around the bar and 4-5 waitresses and bartenders, but that was it. It was weird, was everyone at home watching the debate or the Brewers? I couldn’t figure it out. Regardless we were here and we were hungry for a Fish Fry.
The Friday special at the Oakleaf consists of either a two piece for $10 or three piece fried Cod for $12. I opted for the three piece and was not disappointed. The Cod was served ungodly hot. The batter was light was flaky and the fish itself pretty tasty. The filets were long and thin, probably larger size than average. The “Yukon Potatoes” served in lieu of French fries were decent but I would much rather have had the fries. The tartar sauce was actually very good and I had to ask for an extra cup since the original did not come close to being enough for three pieces of fish. The little loafs of bread were served before the fish came out and were tasty but served cold. The coleslaw was very average and not memorable.
Overall the food was very good and I think it this is an easy Fish Fry to recommend. The service however was surprisingly slow considering we were the only people in the place. I would assume with only one table to worry about the waitress would have been all over us but to my dismay this was not the case. I wonder if lackluster service is why there were not more people eating there for the Fish Fry? Regardless, the Fish Fry was good, as was the salad my girlfriend got.
4740 Pierceville Road
Cottage Grove, WI 53527