Fish Type: Cod Price: $13.50
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: Sometimes you just need to get out of town. And I'm not just talking about a city like Madison. Sometimes you need to get out of Waunakee, Belleville, or even my hometown of Viroqua. You just want to find a country bar on some back road with cheap beer, pull tabs, and a good honest Friday Fish Fry. Sometimes you need a trip to the Whippoorwill.
It had been ages since last we visited the Whip out on Highway 19, and from the sounds of it new owners have taken over since our last visit. Whatever the new owners have done they've done right, and the bar is very clean and well-lit, with plenty of adult and kid-friendly games. We put our order in on the bar-side, then were shown to our table on the dining-side once the food was ready. It worked very well.
It's a straight forward Friday menu at the Whippoorwill - cod and shrimp, but the cod comes as a 2 or 3-piece so there is a choice to be made. You can also get your cod baked if you're into that sort of thing...so maybe a second choice??? All dinners come with a trip through the salad bar, or you can tack it on to any sandwich if you're eating light or whatever. This salad bar is pretty robust for a bar-bar, and one any supper club would be proud to call their own. All the salads were fresh, and the slaw was peppy and looked to be homemade. Of course there were pasta salads and the rest of the goodies you'd associate with a real deal salad bar as well. Slabs of soft French bread were there for taking and take I did. Deeeeeeeelightful.
We actually had time to finish our salads before the fish arrived, but it was still piping hot when it did. The three planks of cod were nothing to sneeze at size-wise and featured flaky white meat and a thin, crispy breading. Sure, I'd take a hint more salt in the breading, but what was there let the cod take control with its luxurious flavor. This was great simply cod from the first bite to the last.
The smoothness of the fish paired remarkably well with the thick and creamy tartar that came along. Served in one of those big squeeze bottles, and straight from and ice cold fridge, I planted squirt after squirt on my plate and ate more than my share. It was big, it was bold, it was perfect.
Two-thirds of my plate was covered with lightly battered fries and I took the perfectly crispy numbers to town. While they lasted a long time I can outlast even the tastiest of fries, but these definitely gave me a run for the money.
Sometimes you need a trip to the Whippoorwill and after this visit I think those trips may need to happen more often. Everything about this Fish Fry was great from the hospitality to the food, it all clicked. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think it's high time we put a couple miles on the old car.
7914 Hwy 19
Whippoorwill Heights, WI 53529