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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $12.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: When I leave Madison and head northeast I’m under no delusions that I will have a great Fish Fry. While I always hold out hope that places in La Crosse or Eau Claire will deliver I know that the deck is stacked against me. In all honesty I’m relieved to even find places that have fish even if it is just the standard beer battered cod.

Through a brief internet search I stumbled upon Taverna Grill’s page and since it wasn’t too far off I-94 and had some decent sounding vegetarian options I figured we’d give them a shot. We showed up around 1:30 and found the place pretty much empty giving us our choice of tables and the full attention of the waitress.

Within five minutes of sitting down I had a cold Cow in front of me and an order for a $12 3-piece in to the kitchen. The food came about halfway into the pint and looked chic on it modern, square plate. Being that it was 1:30 I was plenty hungry and dug right it. The cod was every bit of average as the moderately flaky fish was home to a basic beer batter that was nothing special.

The crinkle-cut fries were also about as standard as you will find, although they were spiced up a bit which made the cold beer even more desirable. A small Solo of Sysco style tartar saddled up next to the spuds and improved the cod, but how could it not?

In an effort to go beyond the basic a nice little slab of garlic bread accompanied the cod and was untraditional but a small step up from a basic dinner roll. A sizeable cup of slaw also played it safe and had a decent flavor, but no pop to speak of.

When you’ve had as many Fish Frys as I’ve had you get bored with the basic beer battered cod and French fries. That’s not to say that cod and fries can’t be good, but there needs to be something done to make it standout. This is about as basic as any Fish Fry I have ever had. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry and will likely look elsewhere next time we’re passing through Eau Claire on a Friday.
2839 Mall Drive #7
Eau Claire, WI 54701

(715) 835-2845