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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $19.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: When you’re in Western Wisconsin, Friday Night Fish Fry means cod and fries…that’s just the way it is. At Houghton's it also means a real deal salad bar, and this bar is a serious beast.

The salad bar at Houghton’s doesn’t look that impressive size-wise, but it’s jam-packed with mixed greens, potato salad, mac salad, and cottage cheese just to name a few. While I didn’t sample the soup, both options looked excellent, and my solo salad set the stage well for the massive amount of fish which was to come…and come it did.

I barely had time to polish off the greens and goos before my 3-piece appeared and at that point I was pretty glad I had the self control to stay off the ladle. The portion was more than plentiful which made me really glad I didn’t go for the “large” (4-piece) fish.

Houghton’s is known as one of the best Fish Frys in La Crosse and this cod justifies that reputation. The pieces are a good 4 oz each and enrobed in light beer batter that is 100% grease-free. They stayed steaming hot until the end and paired just perfectly with their thick and zippy homemade tartar. The smattering of crinkle-cuts were pretty basic and the only part of this Fish Fry that I’d call pedestrian.

It’s been over a decade since I’ve been to Houghton’s and I have to say I was pretty pleased with what I found tonight. The fish was nothing less than excellent and the supporting cast played their parts. Overall, I’d highly recommend it, and won’t hesitate to come back next time we’re in LaX (hopefully under better circumstances).

1002 Jackson St
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 784-9770