Fish Type: Bluegill Price: $15.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: When you live 15 minutes from downtown Madison people tend to look at you funny when you tell them you're going to a Fish Fry out near Marshall. "Why is God's name would you do that?" they ask. Well, the answer is simple really, most of the best Fish Frys I've been to have been at places that are (way) off the beaten path. Add Easy Landing to that list.
Easy Landing isn't a full blown supper club (it's too small for that), but it's not just a crossroads bar either (they have a real dining room complete with salad bar). I'd consider it a supper club lite - real food made by a real chef - far more than just a bar & grill. On Friday nights the Landing has a TON of options, including unique specials each week. This Friday there was grouper amongst all sorts of others, but I stuck to the standard printed menu, settling on the $15 bluegill which, like all the fish, comes complete with a romp through their concise salad bar.
For being "lite" the salad bar had most of the supper club standards as well as a few options you won't see everywhere like fully intact hard boiled eggs. For the most part it was standard - iceberg lettuce, the divine trinity of salad dressings (French, Ranch, and Thousand Island), and the toppings you'd expect. The slaw was also on the salad bar, but was out of ordinary to say the least. Dotted with broccoli and other unexpected contributors, it was amongst the weirdest we've seen but not in a bad way. The dinner roll was King's Hawaiian straight out of the package...I even had to take the twist tie off a pull the first one out.
I ate at the bar and the fish was fried and ready no more than 10 minutes after the order passed my lips. At first site, and then first bite I could tell these 'gills were nothing less than superb. There were around 14 fillets on the plate, and no, that's not and exaggeration. Each was kissed with a light breading that let the fish be all it could be. These were the tiny fillets you'd expect, so you know they were legit. I was loving them so much I even convinced the gentleman next to me to order the same for himself.
The fish laid down the gauntlet, but the hash browns with cheese and onion were up to the challenge. These spuds were absolutely some of the best I've ever had. Like the fish there was just a ton of them, they were perfectly fried, and had a a gooey and slippery texture that was easy to fall in love with. <3 <3 <3
Supper club lites can apparently still get their mitts on classic big boy supper club tartar and the sauce at the Landing was easy on the eyes and taste buds. It was a bold and creamy people pleaser, and perked this fish up just enough.
Sure, downtown Madison is great and has it's share of decent Fish Frys, but I guarantee you you'll never find a $15 plate with 14+ bluegill on it within 5 miles of our beloved Capitol. And that's not to mention the massive sides and full salad bar that comes along with it. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry, and think we'll find landing outside Marshall on a Friday all too easy from now on.
Marshall, WI 53559