Fish Type: Haddock (AYCE) Price: $14.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: The Dorf Haus is one of those special places. There is so much to love that it's hard to describe exactly what makes it so great, but for me it's the sum of all the amazing little parts. From the rustic German atmosphere to the huge steins of beer, and the lederhosen-clad waitresses to the stellar All You Can Eat Fish Fry, it all comes together in the tiny little town of Roxbury.
It's no secret that in order to have the full Dorf experience you need to be seated in Nancy's section (she's a peach); but our waitress Danielle was no slouch either and picked up where the legend left off. She took great care of us, and while she didn't have the bling (that the kids love) she brought a friendly smile and stellar service (which the parents love). She also had a basket of their signature fritters on the table before we even uttered the words "Fish Fry" which is a mark of a true pro. Since the fritters were on the table right away let's expunge on their virtues first.
As per usual the little balls of deep fried dough had us swooning from the start. They were warm and supple, with a sweet and spongy texture that was complemented just perfectly by the ample honey. My god these things are amazing, and likely the best possible bread option you could ever hope to find at a Fish Fry. 5 stars! 10 out of 10! 100%! Dilly dilly!
The Dorf Fry is an AYCE Fry and the first plate housed three small to medium sized pieces of haddock. While they were on the wee side, the slight stature is actually preferable since it increases the breading:meat ratio to near perfect proportions. This breading is whisper thin, and a beefier cut would surely crush the frail crust; the balance the struck makes for idyllic munching. I put the first trio down in mere moments and had a second set of triplets in front of me in no time. Like the first three this bunch got gobbled up thanks to the heavenly breading and lack of any sort of grease. It was a fish feast and although I plowed down seven pieces total I didn't feel the least bit bad about it.
As a German restaurant the Dorf Haus specializes in German potato salad, but if the warm and gooey salad isn't your thing skin-on supper club French fries are also available (and also AYCE). While these spuds were well-fried they're basically just a step or two above crinkle cuts, so if there is one failing with this Fry I guess this would be it...IF there is a failing.
The tartar game is tight in the Haus and this bold and brash blend easily takes the fish to the next plateau of awesomeness. It's thick as can be and like a cobra is impossible to shake once it's made contact with its victim. The basic slaw was also of the creamy variety and while it had some zip it wasn't nearly as alluring as the fritters or the fish.
If you've never been to the Dorf Haus do yourself a favor and get over there ASAP, even if it's not for a Fish Fry. The food is so delicious, the ambiance so unique, and the people so friendly that you really need to experience it for yourself to appreciate it. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and only wish we could eat it more often that we do. It's arguably the best you'll ever have.
8931 Hwy. Y
Roxbury (Sauk City), WI 53583