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Fish Type: Walleye     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: Times change. Seasons change. Fish Frys change. It’s been over a decade since we sampled the fish at the Red Mouse in Pine Bluff and much has changed since then, all of it seemingly for the better.

The bar of 2024 is a big, bright, inviting space which stands in stark contrast to the Mouse in my memory. I showed up just after opening, grabbed a cushy bar stool/ chair thingy, and ordered myself a Cave Ale right away. The Friday specials are listed on the whiteboard when you enter and are composed of either cod, walleye, or a cod and shrimp combo. Since cod will likely find its way to my dinner plate I went walleye with a side of cheesy hash browns.

Even at lunch Fish Fry folk are treated to a romp through the Mouse’s surprisingly substantial salad bar. The greens were basic but the array of toppers and dressings was most impressive. A packaged dinner roll was also available at the end so make sure not to miss that if you need your starch like I do.

The walleye made its appearance not long after and had the crispy “dry breading” I was promised. This was a legit fillet that paired really well with the thick and zesty tartar on the side. The fillet filled my belly up but the cheesy hash browns filled my soul. These splendid spuds stole the show with their creamy goodness and plentiful portion. This is a dish any grandma would be proud to call her own and would easily be the first empty casserole dish at any athletic banquet.

All in all, I’d say Lent 2024 is off to a roaring start. This was a really solid Fish Fry and I have no qualms about recommending it. Between the Mouse and Morgan’s across the street Pine Bluff is turning into a veritable Fish Fry oasis. Never thought I’d see the day…
County Rd. P
Cross Plains, WI 53528