Fish Type: Cod Price: $10.00
Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: The Blackhawk Grille is up in Viroqua. You might never be up that way on a Friday, and if you are you might not be thinking about Fish Fry, but if you happen to be this is a decent little place with a decent little 2-piece.
It's only $10 so even if you don't LOVE this Fish Fry you're not out a whole lot, but I do think you'll at least like it. The fish is decent - the meat is pretty flaky but the relatively bland batter doesn't do it any favors. If nothing else it's not over-fried and gets the job done.
The fries are house-cut (or so they claim), but are suspiciously thin. I can honestly say I've never seen house-cut fries that look or taste like this, but I'll give the benefit of the doubt since why would they lie about it? Maybe they are just that unique?
Tartar is often overlooked by the Fish Fry going public but this version is a superb one. It's exceptionally thick and creamy with pimiento and some other hidden gems scattered throughout. As far as Fish Fry goes this was the highlight of the meal, so take that for what it's worth.
No bread comes with, but a very creamy slaw has a twinge of something extra that makes it extra tasty. I couldn't put my finger on exactly what that twinge was, but isn't that kind of the point?
There are almost limitless possibilities when it comes to Friday Night Fish Fry whether you are in Madison or Wisconsin at large, but I have to say many of the best ones are in the eastern half of the state. Western Wisconsin seems to struggle and outside of one or two places I've never found a great one over there. Overall, we can't quite recommend this Fish Fry when taken in context with all of those we've had in the past. Sure I'd eat it again, but it's not going to the top of the list any time soon.
117 N Main Street
Viroqua, WI 54665