Fish Type: Cod Price: $13.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: Milford Hills is a swanky hunting club near Johnson Creek and apparently they have a Fish Fry that’s worth the drive from Madison (or so their head of marketing tells us). Since it was a lovely Friday afternoon and the family was up for a drive (this means the baby was asleep, fyi) we decided to take the jaunt down I-94 and see just how “worth it” it is. Of course, by some stroke of amazing luck they weren’t doing their normal Fish Fry this Friday due to a member appreciation night so that put the kibosh on our plans to review their fish. We were a little agitated, but instead of getting angry we simply took the highway back towards Madison and found our way to the Aztalan Inn where the fish is always frying and the salad bar is made fresh every Friday.
The AI has a few fish choices on Friday and since I’d bitten into their bluegill and picked the perch previously I decided to chomp on their cod for a change. All the fish comes with a trip through the pool-table-topped salad bar so that’s where we began our journey. While all the salads on the bar are fresh and made in house there is no actual lettuce to speak of. Instead I opted for: the cottage cheese which was what you’d expect it to be, the beet salad which was sweet and creamy, the seven layer salad which was basically a taco dip, and the coleslaw which was finely-chopped and creamy. All of the salads were quite good and I imagine those I wasn’t able to sample were as well.
A variety of white rolls are also available on the salad barl and the plain one I took was fresh and squishy. Chalk it up as a win.
The fish showed up not long after we circumnavigated the pool table and was smoldering hot. It featured the same cornmeal style breading that comes on the ocean perch which is delightfully crunchy, but not incredibly flavorful. The cod itself was flaky and pure, but it really needed a special breading to take it over the top and since it wasn’t there the total package was pretty basic.
For being a small bar the Inn has plenty of sides to choose from and this time around we got to sample the potato pancakes and the sweet potato fries. The cakes cost an extra buck but are hearty and come with a side of maple syrup for dipping. They were clearly homemade and looked like three little hash brown patties, but tasted rich and oniony like a good latke should. The sweet potato fries were also thick and hearty and outstanding in their own right.
With four pieces of fish on the plate a single serving of tartar wasn’t up to the task so of course we asked for another and the waitress was happy to oblige. We gladly sopped up the thick and creamy sauce since the cod basically begged for it. It was the perfect “fishining” touch.
The old saying goes when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Likewise, when Milford Hills gives you their member appreciation night, make your way to Aztalan, which is exactly what we did. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and wish there were more places like the Aztalan Inn for us to visit. It’s a good one.
W6630 County Road B
Lake Mills, WI 53551