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Fish Type: Bluegill     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: This Fish Fry was a total bust. Well, I guess the salad bar was okay so it wasn’t a TOTAL bust, but it was still a pretty big bust.

For 15 bucks the Red Mouse will give you a ½ pound of bluegill. Sounds like a good deal, right? Wrong. The fillets are incredibly tiny and coated in a thick, peppery breading that just does not taste good. Since the fish is so scant the only taste you get is the overly-crispy, dark breading which was basically used to mask what appears to be low quality fish. No one in our party of frequent Fish Fryers came close to eating their whole portion, which speaks volumes. The cod eaters fare better, but even it is just okay, and greasy, very, very greasy.

The hash browns with cheese and onion are abundant, and abundantly greasy as well. These shreds would be at home in the greasiest of greasy spoons, but are actually really good, although you know they are just awful for you. They are each capped with an absolute mass of melted cheese on top ensuring these greasebombs could cure the stingiest of hangovers.

The usable tartar sauce will improve the fish, but then again, just about anything would. This blend has more than just relish in it so it will be kind of unique, if nothing else.

The only saving grace to this meal is the full salad that lives in the main-bar-adjacent “banquet hall” (well, that and the mini-corndog appetizer). Everything on the bar will be surprisingly fresh, including the two bags of rolls – one white and one pumpernickel. Both styles of bread will be dense, but not stale since they are likely purchased the morning of. The salad will be your standard iceberg-based mix but will be well supplemented with cottage cheese, snotty looking (but tasty) coleslaw and a bunch of other typical salad bar stuff (no pickled herring though).

If you are expecting crackerjack service you won’t find it at the Mouse. Our friend Jen (who works Cahoots Fish Fry from time to time) actually took our orders and dropped them by the bar, although a “waitress” did deliver it, so I guess there’s that. It is expected the check will also be paid at the bar so any follow-up inquiries into the quality of the food will fall by the wayside.

Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry and more than likely will not be back for it any time soon. Can’t win ‘em all, I guess.
County Rd. P
Cross Plains, WI 53528