Fish Type: Cod Price: $10.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I have some family in the Janesville area and they wanted to meet up and get some Fish Fry. I thought it was a great idea since it had been a while since we’d seen them and we were getting Fish Fry anyway. When they suggested Springers on the Lake in Stoughton it sealed the deal. I hadn't been to Springers even though I had known about it for some time and was interested to see what was what.
My relatives tried to make reservations for 7pm, but were informed that on Friday, Springers (like most Supper Clubs) does not take reservations. We agreed to meet at 7 anyway and take our chances. Since there were two of us coming from Madison we decided to get there a little early and get our name on the list. We arrived a little before 6:30, accomplished our goal and grabbed a couple beers. It didn’t take long for the Janesville crew to show up, and no sooner had everyone grabbed a drink, than our name was called and we headed to the dining room.
On Friday nights Springers offers up a very impressive list of fried fish starting with beer battered or plain battered cod. From here, they branch out to offer: lake perch, walleye, bluegill, rainbow trout, Tilapia and a Mahi Mahi special. Oh, and this particular Friday they were also offering fried Smelt. That is pretty much everything under the sun which gave me a tough choice to make, but since I had freshwater fish earlier in the day I picked cod and went for the plain fried. Once this choice was made the next option for 2 or 3 pieces was upon me; I went big and chose the 3-piece, when, in retrospect, 2 would easily have sufficed.
Everyone at our table got cod, but some went for the beer battered variety. After having samples of both styles we concluded that both were good, but nothing special. First, the pieces were absolutely massive, with the beer batter was some of the thickest I can ever remember. The crispy coating was good, but so thick and heavy that it made the fish underneath practically disappear. The regular batter was MUCH lighter, but lacked a unique flavor that the beer batter had in spades. It really would be nice if they could strike a balance between the two. Perhaps some of their other fish varieties have found this middle ground?
The “seasoned” French fries I got were good, but nothing outstanding. They were basically straight cut, but with “curly fry” seasoning. There were about 10 other potato options to try as well, and on our next visit we may be inclined to try an alternative. The tartar sauce also fell in a similar category. It was good, but nothing to write home about (at least it wasn’t ultra dilly). The basket of bread served was very nice however, and came with fritters (donut holes) which were almost like free dessert. Score!
Since Springers seems to be the restaurant of options it is only fitting that they would give you the soup/salad/coleslaw/cottage cheese choice to top everything off. I went for the clam chowder which was heavy on the bacon, but very average.
Overall, this is a pretty good Fish Fry, but I was actually expecting a little more from Springers. The service was good and the Supper Club itself is actually pretty nice inside (from the outside we weren’t sure what to expect). If, and when, we come back I will try some of their other fish options, but at this point the cod is recommendable. If you like options upon options, Springers on the Lake might just be the place for you. What's more, if you come in the summer, you even have an option to come by boat. Like choices? Choose Springers.
3097 Sunnyside Street
Stoughton, WI 53589