Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $18.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: Iím not even going to mess around. The ďJJĒ of JJís is a family friend. He knew MFF before MFF could even comprehend what it was to know someone. It would be easy for me to be partial to JJís Fish Fry, but Iíll do my best to be unbiased. And, to be honest, this is a very respectable Fish FryÖalthough on the high side price-wise (but itís Door County so everything is expensive, you gotta know that going in).
It was Memorial Day and even though Iíd had a Fry the prior Friday it just sounded right this Monday. I paid homage to our fallen soldiers with my thoughts, and homage to all the fallen Frys with my dinner. JJís perch is on the everyday menu, but itís Door County so thatís not entirely unexpected. While the price is lofty ($18), it is a HUGE plate (in fact itís two full plates), and itís the genuine article so you can either like it or leave it. I like itÖ
The seven fillets fill out the portion and are light and sweet. The breading is there to give you something to hold onto but doesnít need to steal the show. It does exactly what itís supposed to do - which is let the fish star, and star it does. This is how perch should be done Ė a little crispy, a little tender, but enough texture to let you know it wasnít caught two months ago.
If you know anything about me itís that Iím a sucker for house-cut fries and JJ has them. JJ doesnít know the meaning of a freezer fry and this huge portion is perfectly fried. Before frites were all the rage JJs had spuds licked.
While JJís tartar is on the thin side it has all the flavor you need, and since the perch was so good it didnít really need it anyway. A bit of basic slaw, a couple slices of garlic toast, and some slices of pineapple and watermelon finish things off with a welcome twist. All in all, itís a big meal and embodies DoCo in the best of ways.
While it would be easy for me to just say this is the best Fish Fry ever, I canít go quite that far. However, thereís no doubt that this is a great Fish Fry that epitomizes all Door County has to offer. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry, family friend or not.
10961 North Bay Shore Drive
Sister Bay, WI 54234