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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: You’re not going to find a cooler restaurant than Freddy Valentine’s in Spring Green. Located in the old bank building, the restaurant has tons of character and is surprisingly well-situated. Needless to say we were excited to check it out, and when we saw some favorable reviews of their fish we took the first available Friday to do so.

FV’s has a fish special every Friday, but this week it was salmon so we just went with the standard fish-n-chips which resides on the everyday menu for $15. After some spotty service the prior week it was a relief to have a waitress who was 100% on her game. Everything arrived quickly from the drinks to the food. Turnover was also high which shows this kitchen really has their you-know-what together. On to the fish…

All the reviews we saw said it was good, but ours simply wasn’t. The cod was mushy, and lacked texture. The squishy fishy was home to a beer batter that was reasonably light, but glistened with grease and had little to no flavor. I was underwhelmed and even the little man remarked “I don’t like this fish.” It was too bad because I think there is a lot of potential and the salmon special was supposedly excellent.

While the fish failed the house-cut fries were aces. The portion was princely and the spuds were fried perfectly. They were little lumps of love and both fish eaters devoured them since the fish was lacking.

Not helping matters was a tartar sauce that was as dilly as all get out, and on the thin end texture-wise. While it helped the fish a bit, a beefy sauce could, and would have done much more.

Since this is a fish-n-chips affair you can’t expect bread and Freddy lived down to it. The slaw was stupendous however, as the light vinegar base melded well with the extremely thinly-sliced cabbage. A little cilantro gave it a push in the right direction and left me wanting more.

It goes without saying that you can’t believe everything you hear (or read) especially on the internet, but I really thought Freddy Valentine’s was going to knock this out of the park. Based on the other food it looks like they should have and maybe we just hit them on an off-night. While the slaw and fries were great they just didn’t cut the mustard for me. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry but might give it another shot someday just to see if they can redeem themselves. We kind of want them to.
134 W Jefferson Street
Spring Green, WI 53588

(608) 588-0220