December 28, 2012

1951 - Rock Garden, Green Bay - Dec 14, 2012


Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point for offering, but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered freshwater perch and walleye
Potato: 1 point, offered french fries
Cole Slaw: 1 point, offered with fish platter
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point

Total: 4 1/2 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry experience


Service: Prompt
Wait Time: No wait, we got there at 8:00pm with 7 people in our party
Food: Good
Price: Fish plate was $13.95

Location:
1951 - Rock Garden

1951 Bond St
Green Bay, WI 54303


The Rock Garden (a.k.a 1951) has almost a supper club feel, and has a tasty fish fry you'd expect from one. We got there at 8:00pm so there was no wait, we had to wait for our other friends to arrive.

There were several Friday specials, and a classic Wisconsin fish fry offering called the "Fish Platter". I wasn't paying attention and ordered the "Fish Dinner" instead and got a cup of clam chowder, but the dinner did not include all of the classic Wisconsin fish fry offerings, save the perch. But the Perch Platter did meet all the needs of a fish fry so I give this a high rating overall. I got 6 pieces of perch with my dinner.

The perch was served butterfly with a side of tartar and had a light and tasty breading. You could see the fish skin through the breading, which is generally how I prefer breading to be. My dinner came with a side of roasted red potatoes.

The waitress was nice enough to serve the rye bread with onion even though it wasn't included with our meals (because no one got the Fish Platter). The rye bread was served with red onion instead of a classic white onion so it was a bit strong.

When you go, pay attention to what you order if you're looking for a classic Wisconsin fish fry, ask for the Fish Platter.

December 24, 2012

Farr's Grove, Green Bay - Dec 17, 2012



Classic Wisconsin Fish Fry Scale
Brandy Old Fashioned: 1/2 point for offering, but it wasn't muddled
Fish: 1 point, offered freshwater perch and walleye
Potato: 1 point, offered choice of fries, potato salad, or baked potato
Cole Slaw: 1 point, offered a vinegear based homeade coleslaw
Rye Bread with Raw Onion: 1 point
Total: 4 1/2 points out of 5, a classic Wisconsin fish fry experience


Service: Prompt
Wait Time: 10 minutes; we got there about 6:00pm
Food: Really good
Price: Single Order Perch Platter was $12.95, double order was $17.95

Location:
Farr's Grove
2443 Shawano Ave
Green Bay, WI 54303

Farr's Grove is a must stop on our classic Wisconsin fish fry tour. Don't expect much in the way of presentation, you'll get your food at a standard table and on paper plates, you can even eat at the bar if you choose.

Drinks are standard fare and they do offer the brandy old fashioned, but it is not muddled. Wait time wasn't so bad, but this place can get busy. Once we sat down, the waitress took our order, kept us stocked on drinks, and the food came out quickly.

The fish was really good, breading was just about right, and the portions are decently generous. I got the homemade potato salad, and it was delicious, as was the homemade vineger based cole slaw. And the rye bread with raw onion, always a treat at any classic Wisconsin fish fry establishment.

Farr's Grove is on my short list. Make a point to check them out.

December 20, 2012

Welcome


Join us as we begin our journey on finding the classic Wisconsin fish fry experience, which of course includes a Brandy Old Fashioned. 

This blog serves a few purposes, but first and foremost I seek to find a classic Wisconsin fish fry experience. I will be rating establishments on whether their fish fry offering is considered "classic" and I base my ratings on research and my own experiences. I will also evaluate the service, wait time, food, and price to help you plan your Friday fish fry.

So what is a classic Wisconsin fish fry? Here is my criteria, and over time this may change based on new research or feedback from readers like you. These are components that are required to offer the classic Wisconsin fish fry experience and how I plan to rate it.

Brandy Old Fashioned
1/2 point for offering a Brandy Old Fashioned with fruit or vegetable garnish
1 point for hand muddling (hard to find these days)

Fish
1/2 point for offering a whitefish such as cod
1 point for offering a freshwater fish such as perch or walleye, and a special mention for offering bluegill

Potato
1 point for offering a potato option, this is a point every establishment should earn

Cole Slaw
1 point for offering cole slaw as a standard side

Rye Bread w/ Raw Onion
1 point for offering rye bread with raw onion



5 points - A classic Wisconsin fish fry 
4 points - Almost classic
2-3 points - Barely a classic fish fry, but has potential
0-1 points - Not a classic Wisconsin fish fry