Fish Type: Walleye Price: $16.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: To say I was hesitant to visit Boulder Brewpub would be an understatement. It's not that I don't like brewpubs (I do), it's just that this particular brewpub is way out in Verona, has a bit of an industrial feel, and is in a location where one "brewpub" (Grey's Tied House) has already failed. That combination of factors coupled with the fact I have about a million other places I want to get fish, made getting there a bit of a chore, but we finally did, and by God, I was pleasantly surprised.
Boulder has a few different options on the Friday menu, but I couldn't pass up the $16 walleye. $16 for walleye in 2019 is a hell of a deal, and while I figured it was probably pike-perch or something like that I'll be damned if it wasn't the genuine article. The fillet was surprising hearty, had the right texture, the right flavor, and a nice light breading that clung to the meat really well. While a modicum of grease slid through the cracks, and a little more seasoning would definitively have been welcome, it's tough to complain about a real walleye fillet for $16.
We did the curds before the fish (which were decent, but had a bunch of vacant batter shells), so I stuck with the fries over the plethora of other options. These spuds sticks were battered up, but beyond that, basically basic - think McDonald's-looking with a crispier coating. The tartar was was thick but forgettable and the slaw was colorful and creamy which made me happy.
As so often happens in 2019 the bread was but an afterthought, but some cheddar-loaded hush puppies were yummy and filled the void for the most part.
I'm human, and fairly or not, I judge things based on other's opinions and my own perception. It's something we all need to work on, and this visit to Boulder Brewpub only made me realize it even more. This was good walleye, and I'd gladly come back for it or to sample any other their other Friday offerings. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think it's worth your time as well.
950 Kimball Ln
Verona, WI 53593