Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $9.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Fair
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: One of the main things to evaluate in any Fish Fry is value. As Americans we expect to get our monies worth when we eat out and if for some reason we don’t we more than likely won’t be returning to the establishment that burned us. It’s just a fact of the matter and something we all deal with. As Wisconsinites we tend to be even more frugal with our cash, and if we feel like we’ve be overcharged for a Fish Fry you can bet there is no way we’ll be back for it again. If, on the other hand, we feel like we got a great deal, that place immediately becomes one of our favorite spots and somewhere we end up at often. Hack’s Sports Page in Oregon falls into the latter category.
Hack’s does fish for lunch and dinner with cod, lake perch, and shrimp available for both and grilled walleye added on after 4:30. The prices take a $2 jump during dinnertime, but even at $10-$12 are still a good deal. During the lunch hour the fish emerges from the kitchen quickly and looks superb. The $9 lake perch plate boasts 10 hearty fillets in a light, crispy breading. While the coating could use more seasoning, there is just enough so as not to mask the lovely lake perch flavor. Each morel is moist and flaky and definitely the genuine article (not pike-perch or some other non-yellow species). And maybe most importantly, 10 fillets for nine bucks is an amazing deal – that’s less than $1 per not including all the sides and such.
Speaking of sides, Hack’s definitely does them justice. There are several spuds to choose from and we selected the beer battered fries over the regular fries, the house-cut chips, or the baby reds. The BBFs had a nice crunch, but an almost smoky aftertaste (perhaps due to some old fryer oil?). Regardless, they were still good, and most importantly, abundant.
The tartar was a little heavy on the relish and really didn’t do the fish any favors. It tasted suspiciously Sysco-y and while it had the desirable thick consistency the flavor was simply not pleasing. The basic dinner roll also left a bit of an odd taste in our mouths, although more figuratively than literally this time. It was a little crusty and just didn’t taste fresh.
When you hear the term coleslaw you think of the kind served at Hack’s. It is thick and creamy, with a zesty flavor and minimal diversity. It’s surely not bad, but also isn’t going to win an award any time soon.
Value plays a major component in our daily lives and Friday Fish Fry is no exception. While some places seem to do all they can to make every last buck, there are others that go the exact opposite route and you wonder how they can even make a profit at what they’re charging. Hack’s is somehow able to swing 10 perch complete with sides for $9 whereas a lot of places give you 5-6 fillets for $12 or more. While we’re not sure exactly how they’re doing it, we’re certainly glad that they are. Overall, we recommend this Fish fry and will take the drive to Oregon any time we want a lot of fish for a little dough.
126 Braun Road
Oregon, WI 53575