Fish Type: Bluegill Price: $19.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: There are some places where you can show up at 5:30 on a Friday night and be the first ones there for fish. Then there are places like Springers...
Springer's is a Fish Fryin' kinda place and the Stoughton community clearly knows that all too well. When we pulled in just before half past five the parking lot was already overflowing into the neighboring yards, the music was in full swing on the patio, and the locals were loud and loving every minute of it. It was a great scene which was magnified 10 fold by their idyllic setting on the shores of Lake Kegonsa. We put our name on the list, grab a Cow on the patio and romped around listing to Natalie Imbruglia and Doobie Brothers covers. Within 30 minutes our name was called and we headed to the dining room for our feast.
Springer's is staffed largely by high school kids, but don't let their ages fool you, these kids are trained to bust ass. Our waitress, who may or may not have been of legal smoking age, was on us in a flash and had another round of drinks and our orders into the kitchen in a jiffy. Lazy Millennials my eye... SoLK has just about every fish you can fry, but having tried the haddock previously (albeit many moons ago) I felt the need to branch out. I went for the exorbitantly priced bluegill and paired it with a side of hash browns (cheese and onion of course).
While the freshwater finsters were far from free the allotment came in large so it wasn't a rip off or anything. Upwards of 10 triangular shaped fillets were splayed across the plate and definitely the genuine article. Each tasty tidbit was home to light breading, that wasn't devoid of flavor but didn't scream salt either. A pleasing balance was struck and while I'd take a hint more seasoning the portion size was definitely there to make up for it. Truth be told - I crushed those little devils.
Springer's puts real cheddar on the hash browns and while I love a good sharp, it just doesn't melt like American does. The crudely cut onions also left a little something to be desired and while they were still good for the most part, they didn't hit home like they should have.
While the fish was missing a piece that tartar was there to complete the puzzle. This sassy sauce had it going on and caressed the sunfish every so tenderly, as if to say "I'm here for you. We got this." The basket of rolls, cinnamon fritters, cellophane sticks, and cheese spread also pulled their own weight and mostly came home in our to-go box (I know, we're getting old).
When you're given the choice between soup, salad, and coleslaw, it's hard to stick with they typical slaw and today I just had to branch out. In all honesty, I probably should have just stayed in my lane as the clam chowder was largely forgettable and overloaded with potatoes. Oh well.
Our last visit to Springer's was back in 2009 and I regret that it has taken us this long to return. This is a great Fish Fry and one we should go out of our way for more often...hell they still have walleye and lake perch I've never been able to sample. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry even at it's lofty price point. It's just that good.
3097 Sunnyside Street
Stoughton, WI 53589