Fish Type: Haddock Price: $9.50
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: A few months ago we met my parents in Spring Green for one reason or another and decided to get some grub. We had been to Arthur’s plenty of times and were in the mood for something new so we drove into “downtown.” We happened upon a place called “The Shed” and decided to give it a shot. We enjoyed a pleasant lunch and noticed the Friday Fish Fry on the menu. I knew I would have to come back at some point when I had a good reason to be in Spring Green on a Friday night. It just so happened that May Day, 2009 was that day.
I arrived at The Shed a little before 8pm and rounded my way through the crowded dining room to the bar. I put our name on the waiting list, ordered myself a drink, and sat back to watch The Crew for a couple innings. About 15 minutes later, a table was ready for us, but the rest of my party hadn’t shown up yet. By the time she did, the table was gone but we only had to wait couple more minutes for another one to open up.
The Fish Fry special at the Shed is billed simply as “Fried Fish - $9.50”. That of course left me wondering what type of fish they were frying. I was pleased to learn it was Haddock. Since this is the only Fish Fry option it made my choice easy, although the “Josh Wang” did sound quite interesting. The fish came about 10 minutes after we ordered and was alarmingly hot. I cracked into the first of the three pieces and was greeted by a mouthful of steam. Besides the fact that I almost burned my mouth the fish was outstanding. It was light and flaky with a delicious batter that held together well and blended with the fish perfectly. It was steaming hot until the end, with the third piece being as good as the first.
The tartar sauce was just as good as the fish and maybe even better. When paired, the two combined to create a unique flavor which was nothing less than spectacular. The crinkle cut French fries were less inspiring. They were slightly undercooked which left them a little less than crisp, but they were still pretty good.
The Shed has a salad bar but does not give you a trip with your Fish Fry. Instead you get some rolls and a bowl of coleslaw. If you are a fan of onions in your slaw then this was the stuff for you. It was extremely pungent which wasn’t bad, but wasn’t good either. The rolls were fine but not really memorable.
It is hard to know what category The Shed falls into. It is not really a Supper Club (although it does have some 70’s style décor), nor is it Modern restaurant. It’s not a “Family Restaurant” but not really a bar either. The Shed is a tweener, and a great one at that. It is hard to put a label on the place but I can easily put on one the Fish Fry: Delicious. I highly recommend this Fish Fry; the food was delicious, the service was fast and friendly, and the dining area was well coordinated by the prompt hostess. Sure the place is kind of small and you may have a little wait, but it is Friday Night in Wisconsin, get used to it. Overall, this was a great Fish Fry and I will now be looking for excuses to get to Spring Green on Friday nights… American Players Theatre anyone?
123 N Lexington Street
Spring Green, WI 53588