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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $8.50

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: Things often look different bathed in a different light. Maybe you loved the youthful humor of Happy Gilmour as a teenager, but find that it misses your funny bone as an adult. Or perhaps you thought a certain young lady or gentleman looked pretty darn good in the dimly lit bar last night only to be surprised in the bright light of the morning. In any case, sometimes our opinion on things differs when we see them in a different setting, and sometimes the Fish Fry that is so great at lunch just doesn’t have the same luster at dinner time.

We’ve reviewed the Koffee Kup on numerous occasions, but every time has been lunch-related. We’ve raved about the quality and affordability, but probably had our blinders on somewhat and gave them a little more credit than they were due simply because we were glad they actually have fish for lunch since not all places do. This time we put them to the dinnertime test, and while it was still a nice little Fish Fry it didn’t shine quite so bright.

The Kup has cod, lake perch, and walleye on Friday and this time we tried the $8.50 lake perch. Contrary to our previous forays into the freshwater variety this version featured three inordinately large fillets which caused doubt as to whether or not this was the true Yellow Perch we expected. The flavor of the fish added to this uncertainty as it was very bland and not aided by a light breading which lacked seasoning. Ultimately it begged for the tartar which, thankfully, delivered.

The tartar comes in a big squeeze bottle so there is no danger of running out which allows generous slathering of the thick, creamy concoction. The zip it provided was necessary with the mellow fish making it more than palatable.

As a place that specializes in breakfast you’d expect hash brown mastery here, and the KK definitely delivers. Their version of the staple is well-fried, appropriately sized, and features the ideal proportion of onion and American cheese. They are melty, gooey spud mastery.

A dense, spherical roll rolls along with the fish as begs for butter. Some homemade slaw also keeps pace and puts out a slightly better-than-average taste - not totally bland, but not a ton of pop either.

While all these things add up to a super little lunch, they don’t really seem all that great for supper, even if it’s still only $8.50. It’s every bit of inoffensive just not extraordinary. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and love it for lunch, but just kinda like it or dinner.

355 E. Main Street
Stoughton, WI 53589

(608) 873-6717