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Fish Type: Bluegill     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: For those of us who grew up in Wisconsin the supper club is a way of life. Although the well-known dining establishments can be tough to define we all know what the supper club is and why they are so celebrated. Most supper clubs have been around for ages but once in a while a newcomer emerges on the scene. Cross Plains has seen such an emergence.

While Jodi’s bills itself as a Bar & Grill it is really more of a supper club lite. What was once merely an average bar called Shelton’s is now so much more; it’s well worth the drive into the country especially for those dining with a vegetarian and young child. For the Fish Fry fans they have bluegill ($15.00), lake perch ($14.00), haddock, walleye and some other options as well. It’s a great variety of fish, all of which include the compact salad bar which is short in length but long on options.

Unlike many of the old school supper clubs Jodi’s goes beyond the basic iceberg lettuce with a fresh bowl of mixed greens featuring romaine and spinach. Four tubs of dressings follow, along with two different rolls (white or pretzel varieties), potato salad, cottage cheese, coleslaw, and plenty of the other usual suspects including that fluffy green marshmallow looking stuff. For being a small bar it is impressively stocked although there is no pickled herring of chocolate mousse.

With so many fish options on the table narrowing the field is difficult, but the pan-fried bluegill is a wise choice. Eight or so generous fillets come caressed with a light - almost transparent - breading. It has a bevy of flavor, highlighted by plenty of pepper and a smattering of salt. It pairs elegantly with the delicate bluegill which itself was devoid of any off-putting fishy flavors.

Like the fish, there are plenty of potato options, the best among them possibly being the potato pancakes. Only one cake comes with the order, but the lone soldier is very solid. While it lacks the traditional oniony essence, it does have a certain something that is tough to discern with an almost creamy or velvety sensation.

The tartar also holds its own as the thick and creamy blend is clearly made in-house. While a Sysco coffee maker is prominently displayed in the dining room, it doesn’t appear anything on the plate comes pre-prepared including the tartar.

Not only is the fish at Jodi’s great, but they have some impressive options for vegetarians, as well as a nice big patio out back complete with horseshoe pits and plenty of space for the kiddos to run. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and will definitely be back, more than likely on a Wednesday for their $10 AYCE walleye feed…yes, you read that right - AYCE walleye for $10 on Wednesdays! I think I might be in love with a girl named Jodi.
1821 Main Street
Cross Plains, WI 53528

(608) 798-0700