Fish Type: Bluegill Price: $17.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: This was supposed to just be a regular Friday...then something happened...and it wasn't...
I won't go into detail, but our original plans to hit up the VFW on CV fell through and since 1) I found myself unexpectedly rolling solo and 2) I wasn't all that far from Columbus, I figured I'd take the opportunity to hit up Club 60. I'd heard a lot of good things about their Fish Fry, and figured this might be my only chance to see what all the fuss was about. I took the jaunt up 51 past DeForest, hung the right on Highway 60 East, and eventually landed at the Club around 8pm. Since it was "late" I figured I'd saunter right in, grab a quick bite, and slip out like a thief in the night. This was a (gross) miscalculation on my part...The place. Was. Slammed. Despite it being 8 o'clock, I had a roughly 30 minute wait at the bar and saw numerous people arrive and put their name on the list after I did. I'd have to say, Club 60 is THE place to be on a Friday night in Columbus, and it's probably not particularly close.
While Club 60 has the typical supper club fare it definitely doesn't feature your typical supper club ambiance. It's more like a big well-lit banquet hall with high ceilings and white walls as opposed to the dark wood paneling and dim lighting you might be accustomed to. When the time came I was mercifully seated in a back corner which allowed me to get a pretty good lay of the land. Ambiance is one thing, but for me the most important part of a Fish Fry is the fish and Club 60 has it in spades (check their facebook page if you want to see all the nightly specials). It was a tough call, but I settled on the $17 bluegill which includes a romp through the salad bar (strike $2 from the bill of you want to skip the romp - but believe me you don't). This is a classic salad bar like those of my youth. It kicked off with a fresh lettuce mix which was followed by and all the standard toppings - eggs, shredded cheese, bacon bits, croutons, a quartet of dressings, coleslaw, pasta salad, and on and on. Not to mention there were a couple pots of soup on the end. I loaded up plateful, and grabbed a cup of the seafood chowder and gleefully glided back to my corner. The salads all turned out to be satisfactory (creamy coleslaw included) and while the chowder definitely tasted of seafood, I don't think I bit into a single meaty chunk, and believe me I was scouring the bottom of the crock with that ladle. Oh well, by 8:30 that kind of thing is to be expected and after all I wasn't really here for the soup...
Even at such a late hour there had to be a good 75 people in the dining room, but despite those numbers my food came in a flash - like before my salad was even gone fast. The bluegill definitely looked the part and had the taste to match. The seven fillets had a thin, light yellow breading that was like a whisper on its skin. It had the perfect flavor and texture - no elasticity, slightly chewy, and barely fishy. It was a superb rendition and exactly what you are hoping for when you order bluegill.
There were a handful of potato options including German potato salad, but the fries sounded right tonight. Club 60's versions are basic freezer fries, but they take them a step further with a crispy batter. There was also no shortage of these plumpers on the plate and while I'll take house-cut fries any day, this is about as well as a freezer fry can be done.
Any supper club Fish Fry should come with a supper club style tartar and this one was spot on. Not one, but two cups came with the fish and had a consistency just short of wet cement. It was so thick and so clingy, that once attached to the batter there was no shaking it. I'm not sure exactly what it was that made it different but there was definitely a little something extra in it. It had a noticeably yellow hue as opposed to the stark white sauces you so often see and was simply superb.
The rolls were on the salad bar and weren't grandma style - they had a little grit to them - but really weren't anything special.
Don't get me wrong, Club 60 is a bit of a drive, but if you're like me and you are constantly looking for the best of the best it's a drive worth taking. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and are already thinking of excuses to get back there ASAP. This Fish Fry is not to be missed.
2164 State Rd 60
Columbus, WI 53925