Fish Type: Bluegill (AYCE) Price: $20.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: When you hear the phrase: All You Can Eat Bluegill - $20, you tend to take notice...at least I do. The $20 AYCE is the super special at the revamped Roxbury Bar & Grill, and the second I heard it I knew where I'd be the upcoming Friday.
You see, I LOVE bluegill, and that's love with a capital "L". It's probably my favorite Fish Fry fish, and it rarely (if ever) comes AYCE. In fact, I don't know that I've EVER seen it that way and I knew I could eat a ton of them if given the chance. I'd also wanted to visit the Roxbury Bar & Grill forever, but under the previous ownership it was always weird. One week they'd have fish, the next they wouldn't, then they would, then they wouldn't. I basically just gave up on them and washed my hands of it deciding that if I was driving to Roxbury, I was driving to the Dorf Haus and that was that. The AYCE 'gill a the bar might have just given me another legitimate reason to drive that far.
The RBG FF starts at 5:00 and I was parked on a stool at 4:30 in anticipation. Of course, when 5:00 hit my order was in and the game was afoot. The first round (or the normal "1/2 lb" portion) is comprised of five fillets (which I can't believe total anywhere near a half pound). The fish is dredged in a flour-forward breading that has minimal flavor but lets the fish do its thing, and that is a thing bluegill does well. The subtle fishy flavor took hold and never let go. It was a masterpiece especially when slathered with the grills thick and creamy tartar.
Rounds 2, 3, 4, and 5 were more of the same, with three more fillets coming per re-orders. All re-orders go in line behind any initial orders, so if you think you're fish will come right away you might be in for a bit of a surprise, and might want to get that re-order in right away. A small bowl of cheesy potatoes come with the fish and are pretty superb all things considered. Of course, you'd love to have more of them with subsequent orders of fish, but that's rarely, if ever, how these things work.
Every other part of this Fish Fry is pretty much standard; the roll is a roll, and the creamy slaw is in the basic zone. That's that.
AYCE bluegill is almost unheard of and while I think it's a spectacular gimmick for them, I have to imagine it's unsustainable. I'd recommend going quick before that figure that out. Of course, once they do there is still the regular version out there and they do have a 2 or 3-piece haddock available. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think even at $20 it's a good deal, especially if you're willing to sit there for 18 pieces like I was.
8901 County Hwy Y
Sauk City, WI 53583