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Fish Type: Walleye     Price: $9.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Fair
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Fair
Miscellaneous Score: Good

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Comment: When it comes to Fish Fry consistency counts. Few things in life are more frustrating than having Fish at a place one day only to go back later and find it to be drastically different. It’s almost maddening, but seems to be a recurring theme at the Silver Eagle.

We fell in love with the walleye at the Eagle on our second visit back in 2011 (our first visit was cod in 2009 and was just so-so). The walleye was plentiful, delicious, and incredibly cheap which is win-win-win in our book. We vowed to come back time and again and stuff our faces with fantastic freshwater fish until they gave us a reason not to. Well, that reason came in 2012 when the batter changed dramatically and the sides regressed as well. We decided at that point it was best to just go our separate ways and take some time off. We took a couple years, cooled off, but eventually returned in 2014 only to find it to be better than ever. We were back in love, but in classic Eagle fashion it wasn’t meant to last.

On this most recent visit things fell off again, and even worse than before. The walleye used to be one fillet, but this time it was two. More fish, that’s gotta be a good thing, right? You’d think so, but when the fish is lower quality and pre-breaded that is never a good thing. Add in the fact that it had a slightly fishy flavor and lacked the papery, well-seasoned breading it was worse for the wear. All we could think was what the hell happened here?!

Unlike the inconsistent fish, the house-cut Eagle fries have made, and continue to make, the grade. They are plentiful and salty and executed perfectly. This is how all places should play their potatoes.

When a place can do fries this well tartar sauce should be an afterthought, but the Silver Eagle just can’t stay consistent. One time it’s think and creamy, but the next it’s mildly runny with too much dill. As far as texture goes it’s acceptable, but at least one standard deviation above the mean as far as dill goes.

A snorer of a slaw was pretty bland and basically 100% cabbage. It lacked any sort of pop, but luckily, some baked beans came with it and had a bunch of burger and three or four different kinds of beans. We couldn’t tell if they were from a can, but regardless they were a welcome addition.

While we do get sick of the regular dinner roll the atypical roll here was a step back. Perhaps ours were just stale, but they were really tough to chew through, to the point where we had to gnaw through.

Honestly, we’re just not sure what to make of it all. We have a real love/hate relationship with the Silver Eagle as they just can’t seem to maintain a level of excellence. This time around their Fish Fry has morphed again into something we just don’t feel confident recommending. Overall, we wouldn’t recommend this Fish Fry, and the inconsistency just makes it a little too risky for my tastes.
5805 Monona Drive
Monona, WI 53719