Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $18.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: We love Door County. We love the food up there. We love the vibe up there. We love the lifestyle up there. And most importantly we have friends up there we love spending time with. It's a great situation and now that we've had a couple great Fish Frys at the iconic Sister Bay Bowl we love that too.
Naturally, our first SBB FF experience was a forgettable one. We were younger, it was late, the waitress had had it, and everything didn't live up to expectations. Fast forward a decade - old wounds are healed, kids are in tow, we eat early, and everything is right in the world. This time we had dinner with our friends (who own restaurants of their own) and it was great. Sure, we waited for our table like everyone else, but we played bar games, drank old fashioneds, and laughed loud. Of course, by the time we sat down and ordered we were feeling no pain, but I'm 100% confident this was this was still a flawless Fish Fry.
Lake perch is the name of the game in the Door and five fat fillets of real perch come to an order at the Bowl. This fish is nothing less than superb. It's moist and dense with the flavors you want and none you don't. The breading is basically just a skin, and while it doesn't have much flavor of its own it lets the flaky fish shine through.
Of course there aren't many sides to choose from at the Bowl, but the fat crinkle cuts do the deed admirably. The Bowl's tartar is a supper club standard - thick and rich and just a tad little sweet (which wasn't a bad thing).
There aren't a ton of supper clubs up DoCo way, but the since the Bowl fancies themselves as one they have the requisite relish tray. This one was a mini personal version, but still...better than most. A basic bun and a vinegar-based slaw with a serious pucker factor are also in effect and round out this Fish Fry admirably.
There are so many great things up in Door County that it's easy to overlook stuff and in all honesty we wrote off the Bowl far too quickly based on one "bad" experience. I couldn't be happier we buried that grudge and gave them another shot. These last two visits have lived up to every expectation and cemented their iconic status in our eyes. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and will likely make it a yearly stop from here on out. It's that good.
10640 North Bay Shore Drive
Sister Bay, WI 54234