Fish Type: Cod Price: $8.50
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Fair
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I wasn’t really expecting to eat a Fish Fry for lunch this particular Friday due to the fact I was out of town working and we are accustomed to just grabbing some grub and eating it at the job site. Well, luckily for me right during the lunch hour a rain shower decided to pass through. Since no one likes to eat in the rain we headed up to Nordic Lanes in Westby to get dry and grab a bite.
At this point I didn’t even realize what day it was and was more than thrilled when we arrived and saw the Fish special listed on the neon board. I had heard the Nordic Fish Fry was actually really good and was kind of psyched up to give it a whirl. When I asked the waitress if it was freshly battered and she said it was, it sealed the deal and a two piece was quickly ordered. There was also an option for a three piece for $9.50 but I was more than satisfied with the $8.50 that was spent since it was lunch.
Before the fish I got to choose from coleslaw, cottage cheese or a house salad, and for some reason (unbeknownst to even me) I chose the slaw. It was not really good although it was very creamy. My brother actually got a side order with his burger and really liked it and had no problem polishing off my leftovers as well. Their burgers and my fish came about 10 minutes after we put our orders in and looked absolutely delicious.
The two pieces of beer battered cod were fairly good sized and actually lived up to the hype. The dark batter was certainly fresh and while it clearly had some “fryer crud” left on it was light and extremely flaky. The cod was also light and flaky and cooked very well. When combined with the spot on tartar sauce it made for an idyllic Fish Fry combination. Although I could have used a bit more of the tartar sauce since the cup was teensy weensy and not even filled to the brim.
I got the “brew fries” since I have had them in the past and they were really good but this time I had a real mixed bag. They were not as heavily seasoned and some were nice and hot while one of two were totally cold which makes me think there was some batch mixing going on in the kitchen which is unacceptable. Regardless, there were a ton of them and they were fine overall as are the regular fries and the curly options.
The roll that came along for the ride was purely there for show. It was hard, kind of stale and just tasteless and kind of a let down when compared to the rest of the meal. Even Sean didn’t want to finish it.
Overall, I was very impressed with the Nordic Lanes Fish Fry. The fish was very good and the service was great since we were about the only ones eating at the Lanes around 11:30. If you happen to find yourself in Westby and hungry for a Fish Fry you could certainly do a lot worse than Nordic.
511 N Main Street
Westby, WI 54667