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Fish Type: Bluegill     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: For some reason I can't find any notes from this Fish Fry (I know I took some, I just can't seem to find them) so I suppose I'll have to wing it.

What I do remember is that cod and bluegill are both Friday specials and that there is walleye on the everyday menu. I got the bluegill on this maiden voyage. The fillets were LARGE and there were a bunch of them - 6-7 if memory serves. They had a crunchy breading and a light sunfish flavor. Now, were they actual bluegill or a larger sunfish cousin? That's debatable, and while I'd lean relative, they were really yummy regardless.

Side options were plentiful, and I went for what I think were the "Vintage Fries."" They were kind of a corkscrew cut that left plenty of puffy potato to offset the crunchy skin. They were well fried and there were a boatload of them to boot. The tartar slips my memory, but it did score it well so let's just say it was "Good." I don't remember there being a roll and there is nothing in the photo archives to disprove that theory so I'll roll with that (pun intended). Lastly was a choice of three different kinds of slaw of which I went spicy (and would do it again).

The thing I probably remember the most though was our an awesome waitress. Not only was she fast, but extremely accommodating. She warned us that some kids think the pizza sauce on the kid's pie is too spicy...and ours hates spice. And she was right, the first bite no more than touches his lips and he cries out "IT'S TOO SPICY!" She immediately rushes to the kitchen and not more than three minutes later reappears with a grilled cheese in hand. What's more she chalked the pizza up as "DID NOT LIKE FOOD" on the bill as didn't even charge us for it. Needless to say, she got the price of that pizza and more back as a tip.

While the Odana Rd Vintage is a mainstay in Madison the newer location up in Sauk usurps it as their flagship in many ways. The building itself is waaaay nicer, they brew almost all their beer up there now, and the food seems to be a step above. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think this version of the Vintage is...well...a finer vintage.
600 Water Street
Sauk City, WI 5383

(608) 370-8200