Fish Type: Walleye Price: $13.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: Norwegian Hollow is the best bar in the Viroqua area. Wait, what's that? The "Viroqua" area you say? Never heard of it. Google it...then take a drive.
V-town is our hometown and when we head up that way we invariably end up at the Hollow. In truth, we know the guy who owns the place, his main bartender served at our wedding, and our folks go down there at least once a week whether it's for fish or not.
Most things (including the fish) at NoHo are cheap, but in a good way. They aren't looking to rake their customers over the coals and you can get and 3-piece cod for $8 or walleye for $12. It's also SW WI so anything and everything is going to come beer battered and that's the way people like it. Of course, you can get your cod broiled, but where's the fun in that? I ate cod earlier in the day up in LaX so I figured the walleye made the most sense.
As you'd expect the walleye was one big piece and buried under a bountiful batter. There wasn't a lot of flavor, but plenty of batter to peel and discard. The meat itself was good, and there was surprisingly little grease trapped by the creamy coating. While I can't say for certain that it was walleye (because the batter was so substantial), at that price point I really have to wonder. Regardless, it was tasty despite the fact it didn't have the signature walleye flavor.
The crispy battered fries on the side were fried to perfection and NoHo definitely doesn't skimp on the portion. The fish and fries all kind of blend together into an amalgamation of frydom, which isn't bad but does make it hard to appreciate one without the other.
A nice thick tartar came straight out of the supper club (or Reinhart truck) and did all it could to tame the beefy beer batter. A good old SW WI dinner roll followed suit as did the enchanting slaw. My mom claims she knows the ladies who make all the salads (potato salad, macaroni salad, and coleslaw) and they are "masters". I'll take her word for it as this stuff definitely hits the sweet spot. Those same ladies also did some of the catering at our wedding.
Norwegian Hollow is the quintessential country bar, and has the quintessential southwestern Wisconsin Fish Fry. Sure, it's not the best we've had, but it's also far from the worst. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think it checks all the Fish Fry boxes...the Hollow itself checks all the rest. It's THE spot.
Norwegian Hollow Rd
Viroqua, WI 54665