Fish Type: Bluegill Price: $13.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Fair
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: People who aren't from Wisconsin are usually taken aback when they look at a breakfast or brunch menu in the Badger State. No, it's not things like RumChata French Toast or the Just a Pound of Bacon that catch their attention (although those things might raise an eyebrow in their own right), it's typically the Walleye and Eggs that throws them for a loop. "Fish for breakfast? Who's ever heard of such a thing!?"
Walleye and eggs has been a staple of the Wisco breakfast for as long as I've been around and clearly much longer than that. It's just something we do around here, and while the King of the Lake is common throughout the state, it's the perch's smaller contemporary that takes center stage on the shores of Lake Koshkonung. As you wind along the concrete snake that is I-39/90 you pass over a deep ravine where the highway bridges the outlet of the Lake. If you're traveling north take the next exit, and you'll find a delightful diner by the name of Blue Gilly's. Of course, with a name like Blue Gilly's you know there's going to be some of the sparkling sunfish on the menu, but what you probably wouldn't expect to find it placed along scrambled eggs, hash browns, and black coffee. You might also think it's more appropriate on the Friday lunch specials, and you'll find it there too. In fact, that's where I found my thrill, on Blue Gilly Hill.
In true diner fashion BG's is only open for breakfast and lunch, so if you don't show up by 2:00 you're going to be SOL. The bluegill lunch comes in a couple different sizes and I went for the BIG without really asking the difference since it was only $12.95 anyway. I no more than blinked and my plateful of fish graced my presence. Seven large (for bluegill), lightly breaded fillets took charge of the platter, had that beautiful bluegill essence, but seeped more grease than I would have liked or expected. Regardless, they were tasty, left my fingers sticky, and were incredibly plentiful for the price.
Next to the perch sat a small pile of plain old crinkle-cut fries, which were neither bad not good...they just were. Atop the fries was a Solo cup of thick and rich tartar which may well have just been the Sysco standard, but in my experience that's a pretty decent standard. Some creamy slaw got its own big bowl and did its duty as did a twice-sliced chunk of crusty French bread.
Walleye and Eggs may seem far out the Flatlanders, but around here it's as common as bubblers and bratwurst. While the same can't necessarily be said of Bluegill and Eggs it's an equally alluring option. Blue Gilly's seems to have a nice little niche carved out with it and while I skipped the "and Eggs" part I can vouch for the full fledge Fish Fry version. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and will gladly pop back in anytime were jaunting down that stretch of the interstate on a Friday morn.
Edgerton, WI 53534