Fish Type: Cod Price: $12.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: With small towns come big portions. It’s no secret that people in rural communities expect a little more for their money and nowhere is that exemplified more so than at Borgen’s Café in Westby, WI.
Borgen’s has been filling folks up for decades and their $12 3-piece cod did the trick for me…there’s also 1-piece and 2-piece versions available, but those are more for the senior set, I’d say. All the fish include a romp through Borgen’s salad bar which is chock-full of mixed greens, potato salad, cottage cheese, coleslaw, cheese spread, clam chowder, and much more…just like your favorite supper club. The benevolent bar is at least a $4 value and I took full advantage, as most folks would.
A fresh baked roll awaited my arrival upon returning from the salad bar and was soft and crusty. It was as delectable as they come and proved once again that small towners fear no gluten.
The fish arrived before I even exhausted the salad and looked picture perfect. Three hefty pieces of cod were home to a typical beer batter that is undoubtedly a people pleaser. While it was good clean fish there was nothing special about it and I for one would love some more seasoning. In all likelihood the older crowd they draw prefers their fish a bit blander so I can see why it is the way it is.
Borgen’s is basically a diner and as such you’d expect the hash browns to be aces and these are. While the cheese and onion will cost ya a buck extra they are well worth the upcharge so be sure to pull that trigger. These shreds were perfectly fried starting with crispy edges and finishing with a sheen of grease under their supple belly.
Big beer batters necessitate thick and creamy tartar and Borgen’s delivers the goods although it was a bit heavy on the relish.
As someone who grew up in a small town I appreciate what Borgen’s offers – bang for your buck and lots of it. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think if you happen to be tooling around the Driftless Area some Friday you shouldn’t hesitate to stop at Borgen’s. You won’t go home hungry I can guarantee you that.
109 S Main Street
Westby, WI 54667