Fish Type: Cod Price: $14.00
Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Fair
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I can't help but visit new places when I hear they have a good Fish Fry, and when my buddy Jer told me he'd heard the new Oakstone out in Cottage Grove was legit I knew what needed to be done. I demanded he meet us there at once, and you know he obliged.
For starters the Oakstone is as an indoor volleyball facility, with an associated bar and grill. It's a cavernous space and feels a little cold, but somehow welcoming at the same time. The bar is spacious and has many of the requisite Wisconsin bar things like dice, and pull-tabs. For a recreational facility they have a surprisingly large daily menu, including daily specials, and of course requisite Friday Fish Fry. The fish of note is the Spotted Cow battered cod which comes in a 1/2 pound portion with all the usual accouterments.
At first blush the plate looked great. Four fingers of cod were artfully situated and flanked by cups of tartar, slaw, and apple sauce. Behind them sat a pair of potato pancakes and atop that a caraway rye roll. It almost looked too nice to eat, but of course I did anyway. For starters the fish was fine, but nothing noteworthy. They breading was light, but beyond the Spotted Cow aspect was nondescript. It didn't really have a calling card, although I still ate all of it thanks to the house tartar. This sauce was a bit watery, but had a unique flavor that drastically improved the blank fish.
There are a trio of sides to choose from and almost everyone in our group went for the pancakes over the battered fries or smashed reds. I'm accustomed to latkes being pliable, but these were hard discs that could be eaten like chips and/or thrown like a Frisbee. They just didn't do it for me even with the addition of apple sauce.
Caraway is the name of the game from here on out, and I don't think that is a phrase I've ever muttered before. The caraway rye roll was a unique offering, but just so-so. Likewise the slaw was decent, but also loaded with the pungent fruits. It was a polarizing concoction, as some loved the potent flavor and others thought it far too much. I fell more in line with the "too much" crowd than the "loved it" contingent.
Oakstone is a new place, and based on the reviews on-line people really seem to love it so that is good. While I feel like this Fish Fry has a ton of potential, it just didn't work for me this time around. Overall, we don't recommend this Fish Fry as it stands, but rest assured, we'll be back for a reprise some day soon.
304 Commerce Pkwy
Sun Prairie, WI 53527