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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $11.50

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: If you’re looking for the hip, new place in DeForest look no further than bb Jack’s. Well, hip may be a bit of a stretch, but bb J’s is definitely new and clearly the place to be on a Friday night in the bustling burb.

For starters, there is a lot to like about bb Jack’s so I can see why they’re drawing them in like they are. It’s immediately apparent from the moment you walk in that they are as kid-friendly as they come. The whole main dining room is basically reserved for families while those without little ones tend to be seated in the dining spaces surrounding the generously proportioned bar. It is a good system in which keep the noise generated by the adults in one space, and the screams and exuberance of youth in another. Since we’ve had our baby with us on both occasions we have been subject to the back room, but that is far from a bad thing since you’re with a whole bunch of people that are in that same boat.

A full-blown fish menu is laid out on Fridays with cod, lake perch, and walleye (strips) all in attendance. The cod is a beer battered version and pretty standard as far as that preparation of fish goes. The fish is on the flaky side, while the batter is on the mild side. The coating rests somewhere in the middle thickness-wise, but isn’t greasy or slimy in any way. It is an all-around solid rendition and one we’d definitely try again. The perch, on the other hand, has a crumbly breading and a lot more flavor making it a little more desirable in my book. I’ve yet to try the walleye, but from what I could gather it looks very well thought out (i.e. cutting it into strips makes it much easier to handle and raises the meat to batter ratio significantly).

bb Jack’s does house-cut fries, and while I normally can’t resist fries that are done start to finish in-house, I have bowed to the “Featured Side Dish: Cheesy Hash Browns” on both our visits. These spuds are truly unique and have an incredibly dense, sticky, texture. They hold together like slowly-drying glue, are clearly loaded with real cheese and plenty of cream making them a true gastronomic powerhouse. If these babies don’t put your GI tract to the test I’m not sure anything will.

Some thick and creamy tartar comes with the fish and has a pleasurable pop that blends seamlessly with the beer batter. A small slice of toasted garlic bread, and a cup of creamy slaw round things out, and while the garlic bread is a little strange to see next to a Fish Fry it is still pretty tasty. The slaw is pretty much just slaw, but does everything a slaw should do.

bb Jack’s is relatively new, but they seem to carving out a nice little niche for themselves. DeForest is a bedroom community to be sure, and as such is a great place to raise a family. Thus, you are going to have a lot of young couples with young children that want to get out for fish on Friday at a place where they feel welcome. bb Jack’s is that place. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and will certainly be back with our little monster plenty of times in the future.
300 East Holum Street
DeForest, WI 53532

(608) 846-9000