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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $5.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Good
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good

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Comment: For some people cheap is everything. Even if the product is inferior these individuals could care less as long as it’s priced accordingly (McDonald’s anyone?). While I like a cheap meal as much as the next guy, I definitely don’t mind paying up for quality, especially when it comes to my Fish Fry.

You’ll find Rev. Jim’s Roadhouse on the access road to Ho-Chunk and while the casino can get expensive the grub at the Rev’s is anything but. The Friday special is a Fish Basket that goes for a scant $5 (which is just a buck more than a tap beer). As you might expect, the portion is on the small side, but for $5 you can’t really complain.

Things are a little different at the Roadhouse and rather than 3 or 4 regular-sized pieces the basket comes with 8 fish nuggets. The nuggets are extremely pop-able, with flaky meat, and a light breading. Despite the flakiness the fish isn’t pure white which leads you to believe it isn’t of the highest quality. The breading has a great texture, but lacks the seasoning that would enhance the fast food feeling fish.

A conservative allotment of julienne-cut fries fills out the basket and are fine, but nothing special. They’re likely from one of the major food distributors, but still tasty when adequately fried. Some zippy tartar scoots along on the side and tastes pretty Sysco-y as well. The eighteen-wheeler origination theme continues with some zesty slaw that is almost certainly not made in-house.

For five bucks it’s hard to expect bread with the basket and sure enough the Rev keeps the starches all to himself.

While I appreciate that Jim’s is keeping the cost of their fish down, it certainly comes at the expense of quality and quantity. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry even though it’s the cheapest we’ve ever found. There’s just not much to like, unless you’re one of these people who only cares about the fact that it’s cheap.
6402 Millpond Road
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 310-4230