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Fish Type: Bluegill     Price: $17.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: Thereís something special about eating a Fish Fry by a lake. Itís hard to pinpoint what that is exactly, but thereís definitely a mystique to it. Throw in the fact the Lakeside Bar & Grill on Lake Wisconsin has a huge sand pile to keep the kids occupied and itís a sure fire way to start the 4th of July weekend off with a BANG!

In addition to its lake-side location, the Lakeside Bar & Grill has a whole bunch of great fish options come Friday. From the $17 bluegill to the $16 lake perch, and $11 AYCE cod to haddock (which was not available this Friday), they really run the gamut. A full-blown salad bar also comes with all the fish, and while not huge, has all the staples along with a few perks.

MFF likes to keep his salad pretty simple Ė some mixed greens with a little spinach mixed in, and the traditional ďWisconsin toppingsĒ of bacon bits, croutons, cheese, and maybe a cuke or two if Iím feeling frisky. All that gets piled next to scoops of creamy coleslaw, potato salad, and cheese spread, and flanked by cellophane-wrapped breadsticks. Lastly a cup of the Lakesideís seafood chowder comes along to ensure all is in order. The chowder (while not clam) really tastes of the sea and Iím pretty sure I caught a glimpse of some lobster and/or crab in there. Ooh la la Lakeside. Ooh la la.

Weíre early diners in this day and age, and as such our fish always fries fast Ė tonightís bluegill was no exception. Several hulking fillets loomed large on the plate and easily accounted for the 8-10 oz. that was quoted on the menu. These fillets were easily the largest Iíve ever seen and while they had all the hallmarks of the Ďgill (skin, musk, texture), I couldnít help but wonder if some other pan fish were sitting in as a surrogate. Of course, I canít be sure of that, and while these were huge, they were nonetheless delicious and Iíd gladly get them again.

My last hash brown experience at waterís edge was less than impressive and while this rendition rebounded somewhat, it was still not up to the high expectations Iíve placed on the Lakeside. The spuds were ultra-crispy on the fringes and loaded up with lightly sautťed onion and gooey cheddar, but it didnít really come together. The meld was missing and while I like potatoes, cheddar, and onions on their own, I like them a lot more when they act in unison.

The tartar was cohesive however, and really put its mark on the meal. It was thick and creamy, with a unique pop that took the perfectly seasoned fish into the stratosphere. Itís some of the best on the block, and rivals the best anywhere.

Looking back there must have been a roll on the salad bar, but for the life of me I donít remember seeing it. Regardless, it wasnít really necessary as there was more than enough of everything else to go around, but one should have been on my plate at some point.

Come by land, or come by sea, but whatever you do make sure you come to the Lakeside. The fish is out of this world and atmosphere canít be beat. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think this is one of the few places that has it all. Sun, sand, and great fish; thatís what I call a good Friday.
W10960 Corning St
Poynette, WI 53955