Fish Type: Cod Price: $12.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: This ain't Madison. Hell, this ain't even La Crosse. This is rural Wisconsin, and while there may not be big city panache, or 20 things going on Friday night, there is still a supper club around. This club is called Castle Hill, and it's a big old place with a big old Fish Fry.
From what I can tell, most visitors to Castle Hill on a Friday stick to the AYCE seafood buffet, and I can see the reasoning - there is a lot of stuff there. Unfortunately, experience has taught me that buffets can be hit and miss depending on how much fish is fried and how long it has sat there, so if the option exists for a fresh fried plate from the kitchen I always go that route. Luckily for me CHSC has that option (and it still comes with a romp through their salad bar).
This bar is impressive so lets start there. It starts with all the usual suspects - greens, salads, and toppings (all of which were fresh and inviting) and tacked on a few unique items like vanilla pudding. On the end was a bread carving station and a crock full of chicken noodle soup...I know, it should have been clam chowder, but what are you gonna do... I loaded up a plate and bowl and took them to task and was allowed ample time to finish them before my plate of scalding hot cod arrived.
The non-AYCE at the Castle is a $12 3-piece affair. The cod is commonplace but the light beer batter that bubbles from its surface is what really drew the attention. While it could use more seasoning, and seeped a bit of grease it was nothing I couldn't handle. It was your typical Wisconsin cod, and while it was nothing special there was nothing wrong with it either.
A boatload of crispy battered shoestring style fries rode shotgun and lasted until the fish was gone. The had a big crunch and offset the creamy cod commendably. They also paired equally well with the thick and creamy tartar and its supper club zing.
Castle Hill isn't the fanciest Fish Fry you are going to find, but it checks all the standard boxes and adds on salad bar to boot. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and while we certainly wouldn't make a special trip all the way to Merrillan for it, we'll stop again when we're in the area.
Merrillan, WI 54754