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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: Any place can get lucky once, as the say “the sun even shines on a dog’s ass some days.” That’s why you can’t just have a Fish Fry somewhere one time and proclaim it to be the best. It takes excellence and consistency to stay on top which is one reason we came back to the Hilltop only a month or so after our initial visit.

Our first visit was essentially flawless, from the fish to the service everything was on point. This time we had the same waitress and basically the same experience so the consistency is definitely there. The main difference was that on this visit we just got cod, while last time we tried the cod and the lake perch. The full portion costs $15.00 and came in the blink of an eye.

Of course, before the blink some homemade rolls with cinnamon honey butter hit the table and set the stage for the show that was to come. The rolls are warm and supple with a welcome crustiness that sets them apart from a basic store-bought dinner roll.

Four squat pieces of cod filled out the order and were just what most Wisconsinites are after. Each was soft and flaky, and fell apart effortlessly. The slightest bit of greased ensured moistness and gave the exterior a subtle sheen. It also served to lube the gullet as each bit slid down with ease. The basic beer batter flaked off the surface of the cod at the slightest touch but kept things intact for the most part. All in all, it was a good, but not quite excellent rendition.

A batch of battered fries had a satisfying crunch and were portioned perfectly next to the four beefy bits of cod. Offsetting the fish was a milky tartar that had a yellowish hue and enough dill and relish to make it interesting. It added just enough of a pop to the fish to make it something more.

Finishing things of was some coarsely-cut slaw that boasted a ton of zip thanks to its creamy substrate. It was mostly just cabbage with some carrot smattered throughout, but the proof is in the pudding (or the dressing as it were).

It appears like the Hilltop is the real deal and nothing close to a canine’s posterior. Both visits have been on point and we’re sure to be back again. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry but will likely go perch over cod from here on out. Both are good, but the perch is a cut above.
4173 Co Hwy P
Cross Plains, WI 53528

(608) 798-2893