Fish Type: Cod Price: $16.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Fair
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I swear, it just never ends up on Lake Wisconsin. From Fitz's to the Lakeside, and Fish Tales to Sunset Harbor these guys just know how to fry fish. Every one of these places is lights out and if asked to pick a favorite I'm not sure I could. I'd just say on any given Friday to pick one and enjoy. This week we enjoyed the midday sun at Sunset Harbor.
This week Sunset had bluegill on special, but since it was our maiden voyage to their strip I stuck with the $16 3-piece cod. There is a also a cheaper 2-piece cod available for those thinking that sixteen beans is a little steep for cod...but I was hungry and wanted to see what I got for my money (I wasn't disappointed fyi). It was slow on the south shore this afternoon, so we got our food within 10 minutes of ordering and it looked simply splendid.
When you're talking Fish Fry the fish is far and away the most important part so let's start there: it was superb, end of story...
...Just kidding, if you know me at all you know there if more to story than that so allow me to elaborate...In addition to the fact the pieces were gargantuan (a good 4 oz. each) the Hopilicious beer batter was simply scrumptious and took those meaty chunks to the next level. It was rich and creamy, but also peppery and pungent. It formed a divine dichotomy with the flaky fish and had me happily ripping the batter of Jr's chunk and eating it free-form. This was the good stuff and any thoughts of the exorbitant price quickly faded.
A few side options exist whether you show up for lunch or dinner and I opted for the battered fries over the standard crinkles, which turned out to be a sage decision. Like the fish, these suckers came in a mammoth portion and had the satisfying crunch and pillow-y interiors fry fiends like myself covet. There is also a sweet potato rendition and baked potatoes available after 4pm for an extra buck. Personally, I'd stick with the battered regardless of the hour.
The tartar was a big dipper and dip I did. The fish loved rolling around in the slippery tub and while it could easily have run out with such large pieces of fish I went light on couple bites since the flavor of the fish was sharp enough without it as well. It was a great contrast and when you add up the flaky fish, the beautiful batter, and the tantalizing tartar a trifecta of taste like few have ever achieved came into perfect harmony.
Some slaw came domed straight off the lunch lady's ice cream scoop and looked every bit of homemade. If featured lots of carrot and a pleasant pop that ensured every morsel got devoured. Sitting in for a basic bun, or slice of rye were a couple hush puppies complete with cinnamon butter. The lovely little spheres of crumbly goodness filled the carb void and did so admirably.
With so many great places up on the lake it was always easy for us to look past Sunset Harbor in favor of known commodities like Fitz's and Fish Tales, but not anymore. This cod was simply too good and the place too inviting. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and can hardly wait for our next visit to the Harbor. Who knows? Maybe next time we'll come for dinner and actually try to catch a glimpse of cod at twilight.
9719 2103, WI-188
Lodi, WI 53555