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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $11.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: When it comes to Fish Fry everyone wants to know "what's the best?" Of course, that's a loaded question since there are so many varieties of fish, and if you ask 10 people you will get 10 different answers. Everyone has their own opinion, that's just the nature of the beast. For better or worse, most people eat cod, so when they ask that question what they really mean "who has the best cod?" That one is much easier to answer - the Hooterville Inn.

The HI lives down in Blue Mounds which is great if you live in Mt. Horeb or Verona, but not so great if you live on the east side like we do. It's a haul to get all the way down there, but one we're starting to make more's definitely worth it. Plus, they'll let you make a reservation which ensures you won't be waiting hours for a table since it is a small place and they get busy, busy, busy on Friday nights. We made our reservation for 6:00 and showed up about 5:45 which was a smart move as the bar was standing room only by six.

They only serve cod at Hooterville, but you can get it baked so it's not fried or nothing at least. That said, once you've had the fried cod you're probably never going to want anything else again. It comes as a 1,2, or 3-piece, but if you're hungry, or just smart, you can add more for $2 each and take them home with you. I did just that (a 3-piece with two extra), but unsurprisingly, between the three adults and one toddler at the table neither made it home. This cod is damn near perfect, in fact I'm not really sure how it could get any better. The batter is as smooth and creamy as they come, and it keeps the fillets moist without trapping any grease. It's a modern marvel and some of, if not the absolute best cod you will ever eat. The flavors are simply out of this world.

Whereas the hash browns with cheese and onion were a little stiff on our last visit, the grill was hot and slick and ready to go this time and these babies were lubed to perfection. The simple shreds were loaded up with cheddar and slid down the gullet with ease. They were everything you expect them to be and much better than the standard freezer fries. They also offer some spectacular baby reds if you're feeling even more adventurous.

The cod at the Inn could easily be eaten without tartar but if you're like me you like the finishing touch a sassy sauce provides. Tons of the good stuff in a big old squeeze bottle live at the table and keeps me coming back for more. This is the good stuff - thick and smooth, with all the pop you want and none of the skunky flavors you don't.

No real Fish Fry is complete without a slab of bread and a scoop of slaw and the dense slice of real pumpernickel and a banging slaw at Hooterville do exactly what they are supposed to do.

You can't have the best Fish Fry without the best fish, and after having literally thousands of them I think this may well be it. This cod is simply above reproach and is as close to perfect as I can ever remember eating. It's high praise for sure, but I think they are as deserving of it as anyone. Overall, we highly, highly, highly recommend this Fish Fry and can't wait to come back for the next round. I'm sure it won't be long.
10992 Division Street
Blue Mounds, WI 53517

(608) 437-5444