Fish Type: Cod Price: $10.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: It's always a little bit of a tough sell, but by dinner time on the Friday after Thanksgiving I'm about turkey'd out. At this point I've eaten the bird and sides for three meals in a row and am ready for a change...and that change usually comes in the form of a Fish Fry!
Being that my hometown is in southwestern Wisconsin the fish of choice on Friday is cod served with either a baked potato or French fries. You don't see much bluegill or lake perch in these parts and will never ever see a potato pancake on the menu, but if you look hard enough you might spot walleye or if you get close enough to the river, catfish. This Friday was a typical 2-piece cod and fries kind of Friday.
The 2-piece at the Blackhawke Grille runs a scant $10 and comes with house-cut fries, house tartar, house slaw, and a fountain drink...that's a lot of houses. We got takeout since ma didn't want to drive "all the way into town," so it wasn't scalding hot by the time we got to it. Thankfully, it didn't really suffer from its brief time in transit with the only after affect being that it was a little softened.The cuts of cod were cloaked in a semi-thick beer batter (as is common in these parts) and was stunningly grease-free. The girth of the batter gave way to a light texture that had a subtle creaminess. The cod itself was pure and flaky and made for a solid rendition which is about all you can hope for in old V-Town.
Shoestring style house cut fries accompanied the cod and there were a TON of them. The finely cut spuds were a little hard to eat since there were so many small pieces, but I'll take slight nuisance over fat freezer fries any day...and apparently so would my old man.
The house tartar was thick and creamy but dominated by dill. The pungent herb gave the sauce some oomph, which allowed it to stand up to the creamy cod, but perhaps a bit too much so. The house slaw also looked the part of a dairy creamer, but upon further investigation actually had a fair amount of slaw water lurking on the bottom of the big 4 oz cup. It wasn't really a problem though since a good stir incorporated it into the mix allowing a little vinegar-y punch to shine through.
I've found Fish Fry a little hard to come by in my hometown as no place has ever definitively risen to the top. Sure, there is enough average cod to go around, but to prove the point: some of the better fish in town can be found at the North Side Kwik Trip... That said, this was a delightful departure in that: it was a good value, thought went into every part of the preparation, and next time we get fish in Viroqua we'll probably choose the BG. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think it checks all the right boxes, especially the "I want fish because I can't stand another bite of turkey" box.
117 N Main Street
Viroqua, WI 54665