Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $18.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: When I go up to Door County on a Friday I get perch, that's just what I do. Of course, I'm not alone. Most places only have "Perch Plate" specials on Fridays so if you're after a Fish Fry that's probably what you're gonna do too. Fear not though, it's a good thing.
I'm making a habit out of trying a different Perch Plate every Memorial Day Friday, and Perch Plate 2017 was at Fred & Fuzzy's Waterfront Bar & Grill ('cause I heard it was good). Besides the Perch Plate there is also a cheaper $13.50 Cod Plate, but when I'm in DoCo I don't feel as bad spending a full 19 beans on the perch since the setting is so idyllic (but yes, $19 is a lot). And be not fooled this is the real deal yellow lake perch and the plate looks just about as pretty as any you will find anywhere.
Four full butterflies made up the fish quotient of the plate and are home to a clingy breading that would make a mama koala proud. The meat was dense and thick (likely frozen for a bit). For perch, it leaked quite a bit of grease, but that didn't ruin anything as the flavor still came through. The overall taste was good and the latent grease was sopped up by the thick tartar.
A basic batch of Julienne-cut fries came in droves and were well-fried but little else. The aforementioned tartar had plenty of punch which, as mentioned, was need. This sauce was a thick as can be and clung like the dickens to the slick fish.
In classic Milwaukee fashion the rye on the side was sliced in half, pre-buttered, and slapped together face-2-face. It was a memorable presentation, the same of which can't be said for the finely-chopped, but largely forgettable slaw.
All in all this was a very good Fish Fry, but of course when you're in Door County pretty much everything takes a backseat to the ambiance of the Peninsula. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry, but will undoubtedly seek out a new one in 2018.
10620 Little Sister Road
Sister Bay, WI 54234