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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $12.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Fair
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent

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Comment: It had been a long time sine we had been to Captain Bill’s and I didn’t fully believe my own review from 2004. Bill’s is a very nice place and I figured my review might have been a little short sighted at the time. I didn’t fully remember what it was like and wanted to refresh my memory. We arrived at Captain Bill’s early since we were eating with some friends that had small children who needed to be in bed before 8:00.

The Capitol Amber Fish Fry at Captain Bill’s costs $12.00 and is not a Friday special. The other two fish options were Lake Perch ($19.00!) and Walleye ($20.00!) which were also on the everyday menu. The cod had a decent flavor but was overcooked and very firm. The beer battered did very little for me and out of my three pieces, two were scalding hot and one was lukewarm. The other people who got the Fish Fry were also not impressed and had even worse percentages of hot to lukewarm fish. Every piece should be scalding and getting 2/3 lukewarm pieces is just unacceptable.

The French fries were very good however. They were straight cut potatoes with a spicy, waffle fry style seasoning, which was delicious. They could also have been hotter but were still very good. The tartar sauce was just fine although a small portion had me scraping the bottom of the cup at the end. The bread served was a rosemary ciabatta which was good and served with three unique homemade butters. The coleslaw was also tasty, especially for slaw. One of the little ones with us actually took her mom’s coleslaw and downed the whole thing after clearly stating that she did not like coleslaw.

The service at captain Bill’s was very good as was the atmosphere. Everyone working there was very friendly and had no problems with a larger party. Overall I just can’t recommend this Fish Fry. The service was great, the fries were commendable and the rest of the non-fish items were perfectly acceptable. However, when you have Fish Fry, the most important element is the fish and after having it twice I can honestly say that there are many better places out there.
2701 Century Harbor Rd.
Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 831-7327