Fish Type: Cod Price: $10.00
Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: If you grew up in Viroqua in the 70s, 80s, 90, or 00s, the place to go on a Friday or Saturday night was Bowl-A-Way Lanes, otherwise known as the Bowling Alley or the BA. It was basically the only bar in town and everyone knew it. It was THE gathering spot. They had phoos ball, the best bartenders (Lyle specifically), and all your friends were there. It was an iconic spot, but as they say all good things must come to an end and the BA closed down without much acclaim around the turn of the decade. It reopened a short time later as Chasers Bar, but that experiment was short lived. Fast forward another five years or so, and the long time bowling alley has been reopened, but not as a place to test your skill on the lanes or just a bar. It's now Gassers Bar and Grill and they serve a full menu all day every day with part of it being a Friday Fish Fry.
I swung in for a quick lunch since I was running around town helping to prepare for my brother's wedding the next day. The lunch special is either $9 2-piece or $10 3-piece and I was hungry as hell so you can guess where I went. Gassers is a Sysco shop so take that for what it's worth. I personally don't dislike Sysco stuff, but it's worth mentioning since there are people out there that think differently. I ate fast so I didn't really take too much stock in the food, but here was my takeaway. The fish was a bit bland. The beer batter didn't have any flavor of it's own and was pretty greasy. After my first bite I held my finger up and could see them glistening under the midday sun that burst through the bar room windows. Despite the underwhelming flavor the portion was generous, and the fish itself was nice and flaky, so it didn't appear that they bought the bottom of the barrel cod.
House-cut fries were a surprising treat to find on the plate as I expected to see typical freezer fries. These spuds were a little starchy, but still a step or two above a plain old crinkles.
The tartar was likely scooped straight from a big Sysco jug, but as I've said before, Sysco makes a pretty good sauce. It was thick and creamy and totally satisfactory. A nice slice of white bread and some creamy slaw were just like everything else, very Sysco-y, but very acceptable.
The BA will forever be missed but Gassers has filled those shoes admirably and as near as I can tell will have some real staying power. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think for $10 you can't go really go wrong. Gas up!
902 N Main Street
Viroqua, WI 54665