Fish Type: Cod Price: $9.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: The Frog Pond is one of those places. It's an unassuming tavern (just how I like it). It's in the middle of nowhere (so only the locals really know about it). And maybe most importantly, they don't over think things (especially their Fish Fry). It's a no nonsense, no frills affair, and it's no wonder these kind of places keep me coming back for more.
Sure, it's only cod, but this Fry comes in three different sizes so there is some diversity to it. Diners can satisfy their appetite with a 2, 3, or 4-piece for $8, $9, or $10 respectively. That's right, $10 for a 4-piece cod complete with all the trimmings, where else are you going to find that kind of deal other than tavern? While the fish takes its soak some canned baked beans, coleslaw, and a basket of rolls are served up. The slaw is a basic creamy blend, and the beans would surely make the Bush's smile, but the real standout is the bread basket which had a couple little corn muffins, a soft white bun, and the real star - a fresh pumpernickel roll. It's an impressive lineup considering you're talking about a $9 Fish Fry at a bar here.
Before we even got our fill of the apps this Friday, the fish was fried and found us in a jiffy. It looked great, but didn't quite live up to the hype we'd placed on it. The light breading that we fell in love with last time lacked some of the seasoning that drew our affection, and while it was still flaky, it had to be ripped apart to some extent (much like the cod at Wilson's). That said, the crisp coating held everything together well, had no grease whatsoever, and was plentiful. The 3-piece will easily satisfy most Friday night aFISHionados.
Of course there are fries, and a few other sides to choose from, but when I hear cheesy hash brown casserole those other options simply fade away. Unfortunately, these spuds weren't exactly super. Sure, they were plenty thick, and plenty creamy, and certainly made from scratch, but there was celery in it...honest to god, celery. It was odd to say the least, and while the wayward veggie didn't ruin the 'role, it certainly didn't help matters.
This kind of fish calls for a big, bold tartar, and this sauce iced the cod cake just right. Maybe it was just Sysco, but maybe that's all you need sometimes and it answered the call today.
There are only about 20 lily pads in this pond, and they don't serve fish at the bar, so unless you show up early you're risking a wait. We showed up at 6:00 and were one of the first tables of the night, but almost every seat was full when we left, so take that for what it's worth. Tiny taverns can be a crap shoot, but we hit tonight. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think it's a damn good deal, even if it wasn't as special as we hoped it would be. While the Pond might not be the place, it's definitely one of those places we'll have no problem coming back to.
4684 County DM
Morrisonville, WI 53571