Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $17.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Some people take the initiative to have a Fish Fry every Friday. Still others go above and beyond by harvesting a duo of fried delights each week. Then there are those who go crazy. For these fish obsessed types even Friday specials are not enough to quench the thirst. While it is a far cry from the ordinary, they will take any and every opportunity to sup the saccharine delights of fried fish often passing on Prime Rib, scoffing at scallops, and eschewing escargot in favor of something more, something bigger, something… better. They seek the truth, the meaning of the fish, the life it gives. MFF is their kindred spirit. We arrived in Door County with a couple priorities: 1 – have a relaxing anniversary weekend (that was the wife’s priority), and 2 – hit up the Greenwood Supper Club for their “World famous lake perch” (you can guess who’s priority that was). We wheeled into the County road A&F intersection establishment at 6pm on a Saturday envisioning a sizeable wait was in store. What we found was an empty bar, and a mere five minutes to enjoy its coziness before we were shown to our table.
As some as we were seated our friendly waiter came right over and grabbed our orders, the perch for me and the lone veggie-friendly dish on the menu for the better-half. It should be noted that the Greenwood isn’t exactly for the penny-pinchers among us ($17 for small perch portion and $22 for large), but the food is good, and worth the steep prices.
Before the fish we got a big old basket of bread encompassing three different styles – one honey-nut loaf, and two crusty buns. By and large all were very good, with the honey-nut boasting the most flavor and desirability. In addition, we were treated to a soup/salad option which went above and beyond the simple slaw were accustomed to. The salads were a fairly average mix, but were highlighted by the Greenwood’s phenomenal homemade dressings. The wife liked the cherry vinaigrette, but even she said it paled in comparison to the Ranch I chose. Hand to god this Ranch was better than Hidden Valley, which is the standard by which all Ranch should be judged. It was simply enthralling with a fantastic zest and perfectly creamy texture. Best . Ranch. Ever.
The main course came 10 – 15 later and was as hot as can be. The plate was straight-forward, housing five butterflies of lake perch radiating out from a single cup of tartar sauce much like troops flanking an enemy stronghold. The fillets were a good size, but not quite Villa-large. They were perfectly fried with a slight sheen of grease that helped them slide down easy. A light breading schmoozed with the sweet perch making for an idyllic flavor combination. The fish, likely from local waters, was flaky and I even caught a tiny bone or two, but my chompers sawed through them like a hot knife through butter. By and large it was superb, as well it should be for seventeen bucks.
With the fish came a homemade tartar which was thick and creamy, but a little too sweet for me. I assume the culprit was the use of sweet relish instead of dill relish, but I can’t quite be sure on that. What I can be sure of is that the sauce was whipped to an almost miracle whip smoothness which made for a uniquely silky texture. There were no chunks that I could see, which was a little strange, but not a deal-breaker by any means.
Unlike most Supper Clubs the Greenwood doesn’t feature the hash brown option, which I have to say is a bit of a bummer. In lieu of the pan-fried classic I opted for the wedge fries which our waiter recommended over the regular fries. He was right. The wedges were wonderful. They were well-seasoned, and fried to the point where the exteriors almost bubbled off yet left the interiors supple. It was a balancing act of deliciousness and the Greenwood stuck the landing.
“World’s Best Lake Perch” is a whopper of a claim, and while I’m not sure the Greenwood fully backed it up, they weren’t that far off. The fish was great; no doubt about it, but there is still some perch out there that we prefer. Luckily, the classic Supper Club knows that Fish Fry is about more than just the fish and represents the potato, tartar, bread and salad well, making for a great experience when all is said and done. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and will probably make a habit of visiting them each and every time we are in The Door. If you want great food in a classic atmosphere topped off with professional service in DoCo, it’s all at the Greenwood.
N9087 County Road A
Fish Creek, WI 54212