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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $9.25

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: There are so many options for Friday Night Fish Fry it can be hard to narrow the field down to that one shining star each and every Friday. It is especially difficult to branch out and try somewhere new when you know so many other places that have great food. This Friday I was feeling gutsy so I decided that we were going to roll the dice. I chose the Whippoorwill Tavern on highway 19 out of all the options and ran with it.

The Whippoorwill looks like nothing more than a classic Wisconsin bar. It is a tiny building out in the middle of the country and upon entering my suspicions were verified, it is a classic Wisconsin bar. The Friday specials were written on the electric board in neon letters, 2 piece cod - $8.25, 3 piece -$9.25 and Walleye for $11. The everyday menu was neatly written on the chalkboard next to it but drew little of my interest since this was Friday. We bellied up to the bar to grab a quick drink and wait for the ‘hostess’.

This is definitely a ‘mom and pop’ joint. Once pop got us our beers mom was right there to grab our orders. There were only two of us this Friday and we both opted for the 3 piece cod. As soon as we ordered we were allowed to sit at one of the ‘family-style’ tables in the dining room and hit the salad bar. It is a rarity that salad bar is included with a Fish Fry but we were both thankful it was since everything on it was good.

The fish came out a little slower than I would have guessed it would have but that in no way means it sat under a heat lamp. This stuff was boiling hot. The three suspiciously similar looking pieces of cod were good but not great. The batter was very fish stick style, kind of crumbly but not ideal. The fish underneath was fairly decent but did taste a little processed, the fact that the pieces were all the same size and shape also makes me think this was the case. It wasn’t gross, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a ‘filet’. The French fries were firm and slightly crispy, pretty good really. The bread was served on the salad bar and was average as was the coleslaw. The tartar sauce was actually very good. It was served family-style and was awaiting our arrival at the table. It was heavy on the mayo, a little relish-y and very thick.

Overall I think this was a decent Fish Fry. I don’t think it would be worth going out of your way for but I could see myself stopping again if I were on that stretch of road. The prices were very reasonable for what you got and that is saying something. They certainly aren’t going to make any top 10 list’s here but if you are on highway 19 sometime and find yourself in need of a beer and some bar food hit up the Whippoorwill.

7914 Hwy 19
Whippoorwill Heights, WI 53529

(608) 798-9991