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Fish Fry Rewind

I failed to write about last week’s fish fry outing. Since Jason had buddies over for poker last night, it opened the perfect opportunity to share 🙂

Last Friday’s fish fry was a good one, as Jason and I met my old college crew at MJ Stevens north of Milwaukee.

The group of us have gotten together every few months for fish (primarily) and our past experiences have been, um, interesting to say the least. The first attempt left the group doubling over in their respective homes later that night with stomach “issues.” The second attempt found us at a snooty restaurant, where we clearly felt unwanted, with extremely poor service. The most recent left us all hard of hearing thanks to an insanely loud polka band right next to our table. I don’t know if we could have handled another bad experience  😉

Not to fear. MJ Stevens was AWESOME! The fish was incredible and HUGE! We could order one, two, three, or four pieces. My friend Ryan was warned, but he started the four-piece trend. Jason did it, too. I was smart and opted for two.

MJ Stevens Fish Fry

I only snapped this one bad picture  🙁 . I realized halfway to the restaurant that I had forgotten my point-and-shoot camera. But even when it came to taking pictures with my phone, I felt really shy. I must have been dealing with the “framing paralysis” I’ve read about.

I really wish that MJ Stevens was closer to home. It would definitely become our regular haunt if it were.

We’re Eating Fish Here?!

Last night, Jason and I wound up at a very random place for fish. I had an absolutely terrible day, so we actually contemplated just getting carry-out. However, I hoped that dinner out with the hubby might turn things around.

(It did, until we stopped by Walmart on the way home and I was rammed into by a drunk college kid buying more beer  😡 )

We cruised by the Duck Inn, a Walworth County institution. But, as usual, the lot was packed and we didn’t really want a long wait. So we gave Jason’s mom a call for ideas, and she pointed us in the direction of the West Wind Diner in Darien, WI. They have been voted Best Fish Fry in Walworth County, so that made it a must-try in our eyes.

Oh, it’s also a truck stop.

There it is.

The place concerned us at first, but I found comfort in the common thought that the best fish fries are often found in small, random dives. I figured this place could be promising…

Honestly, it was a pretty good meal! The diner had a rockin’ salad bar and Jason loved their chicken dumpling soup.

I totally could have done the salad bar alone. I had to restrain myself.

Jason and I both got the fried cod. It was battered, not breaded. And once again, Jason actually like it 🙂 . The fries were good – definitely not the best I’ve ever had, but good.

It was served with corn, which I found kind of random. But I went with it. Overall, it was a good fish fry. I don’t know if I would tag it as the best, but I haven’t really found anything exponentially better in the county. So they might be on to something.

Now, if your asking yourself, “What’s with the fish eating,” I’m experimenting right now with pescetarianism. I’ll be keeping my regular fish fry as part of my diet for the time being. It’s my Cookie Friday 🙂

(I’m in the middle of reading Carrots ‘N’ Cake, and one of the concepts in the book is having “Cookie Friday.” It doesn’t literally mean cookies – although it could. It’s all about having a little indulgence in your week. Fish fry is mine.)

Actually, this was the first meat I’ve had since May 7 (about a week). Honestly, I have felt really good and haven’t missed it at all. Jason has been eating the meat-based meals that I had planned for the week, but I’ve modified all of mine. I had a veggie burger instead of a beef cheeseburger on Wednesday and I whipped up a Vegetarian Taco Salad while Jason had beef tacos on Thursday night. I couldn’t be happier with my current choice.


Ahoy Ye Yummy Fish Fry

Jason and I didn’t arrive in Door County until 7:30/8:00 Friday night. Our first priority was to find the house we were staying in for the weekend before it got too dark. Our second priority was finding a place to eat that would still be open at 8:30pm in Door County’s off-season. Luckily, we found both right by each other.

For dinner, we headed to Shipwrecked Restaurant, Brewery, & Inn in Egg Harbor. While Door County has a handful of wineries, Shipwrecked is the peninsula’s only brewery. We’ve passed Shipwrecked many times over the last few years, and I’ve always been intrigued. I’m glad we finally made it there – It’s well worth a stop.

As Jason and I perused the menu, I ordered their Lighthouse Light.

“They” told our brew master that he couldn’t brew a quality light beer; well here it is! A micro beer with lighter body and a “mouthfeel!”, yet with a touch of honey and slightly complex flavor which shows that light does not mean bland.

Shipwrecked Lighthouse Light

It was quite a tasty beer. Just my style  🙂

We spotted Cheese Curds on the appetizers list and knew we had to have them. I’ve had better. They were served with marinara sauce, so it was more like a mini-cheddar cheese version of a mozzarella stick.

Clearly they were still good as we quickly polished off half of the basket.

Shipwrecked Cheese Curds

For our entrees, Jason and I both got the Tavern Fish Fry. It was Friday night after all :-D.

Shipwrecked Fish Fry

Honestly, it was the best fish fry I’ve had in quite awhile. So I’m super excited that I found it… 4 plus hours away from home  😐  . Jason even remarked that he’s typically not a fan of battered fish, but he really liked this. And the last time we had similarly battered cod, it was a big grease bomb inside. The Shipwrecked’s fish fry: Excellent!

The one element of the fish fry that I wasn’t into – the “tropical” coleslaw. I’ve already noted that I’m particular about my coleslaw, and a version with crushed pineapple mixed in just didn’t fly. Luckily, the fish and fries more than made up for it.

Question of the Day:

Where is the best restaurant you’ve eaten at lately?

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