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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $11.00

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: In the nonstop quest to find the finest in Fish Fry it is sometimes necessary to go to places that are a little bit out of the way. While we haven’t exhausted all of our in town options, we have hit the most reputable spots, and some of them many, many times. Coachman’s Golf Resort in Stoughton is another reputable spot, but one that has fallen by the wayside as far as is concerned. I have known about it for some time but have never actually been willing to take the near 30 minute drive to get there even though I heard they had one of the best Frys around. Since we had some time to kill I figured we would take the trip and give Coachman’s their chance on the tee.

We left Madison around 6:30 and pulled into the club just before 7. The place wasn’t packed to the gills but was pretty busy. We put our name on the list and were given the 15 to 20 minute bit. We grabbed some drinks at the bar and watched as the groups of people who had arrived before us were ushered one by one from the bar to the dining room. Our table was ready after 30 minutes or so and we were led through the “main” dining room into the gloomier and much chillier back room.

We looked over the menus quickly and as soon as the waiter showed up we were ready with our orders: one 3-piece for $11 and one 2-piece for $9.25. There is also a 1-piece for $8 for the lighter eater, but c’mon, 1-piece? As he hustled off to put our order in we enjoyed some warm rolls with, not 1, not 2, but 3, yes 3 different types of whipped butter (apparently a Coachman’s first trial run). About 15 minutes later the bread was long gone and our fish was served.

The cod fillets were fresh from the fryer and simply massive, I quickly realized why they have a 1-piece option. The fish tasted good although it was not ultra flaky. It was coated in a semi-light batter which was little firm much like the actual cod underneath. Overall it was good, not but not as great as I had hoped. The straight cut French fries were much the same. They tasted good and were served in a fair quantity but there was nothing really remarkable about them.

What was remarkable was the tartar. It looked homemade and was almost straight mayo. It was very good and had just enough of a relish-y kick to put it over the top. It easily made the fish better, but the single silver cup was nowhere near enough for my 3-piece. Luckily for me our waiter friend had no problem offering up an extra.

As we were eating we noticed that we were missing a key component, the slaw. Our waiter eventually figured it out and rushed us a couple dishes of the creamy and very tasty side dish. At this point I had almost finished my fish and it was tough to pile on the slaw which made me wish it would have come before the main course since it was actually good. Looking back I probably should have went for the $1 salad bar upgrade which looked well worth it.

I can’t say I was let down by Coachman’s but maybe my expectations were a little too high coming in. The fish was flat out good as were the fries, nothing spectacular, but definitely recommendable. The tartar was great as were the rolls and slaw. To top it all off we had great service from a nice younger dude who didn’t mind BSing with some likeminded folks. Overall this Fish Fry is easily recommendable, especially if you live down that way and don’t have to drive 30 minutes to get at it. While it may not be a hole-in-one, Coachman’s Fish Fry certainly comes in under-par which is good enough for me.
984 County Highway A
Edgerton, WI 53534

(608) 884-8484