Fish Fry Review: Rockhound Brewing Company

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What's this? A fish fry review? Man... I forgot all about these things... ;-)

Truth be told, I've been ingesting my share of fish fries over the past few months, but haven't been to any new places. I've had fish at Mickey's Tavern a number of times (always excellent), 5100 club, RP Adlers, and others. Most have been pretty solid, but not remarkable (outside of Mickey's); nothing worth writing an update for.

That said, we did wander into a fairly new establishment here in town called Rockhound Brewing Company, and it turns out that their fish fry is seriously good. The beer is outstanding as well, and definitely worth a taste or three.

The brewery is located along Park Street, near the fairly new St. Mary's hospital (across from where the old Ideal Body Shop used to be). There's not a ton of signage, so be vigilant. And... speaking of vigilance - keep an eye open for parking spots, because parking in the area can be a bit tricky.

Once inside, grab a seat at the large u-shaped bar (full disclosure: we've never had table service - it's always been bar seating), and take a peek at the excellent tap offerings. My favorite is the Greenbush APA - it's a nice, full-flavored American Pale Ale, with nary a sign of astringent aftertaste.

Rockhound also features guest taps, and a complete bar with mixed drinks. The happy hour specials are quite generous, and run from 3pm - 6pm.

Their normal food menu focuses on comfort-type (pot pies, mac n cheese) and burgers. We've had the burger here before, and it was quite good, so if you find yourself in the neighborhood on a non-Friday, don't hesitate to grab one. But, as it was a Friday night, we were there to put down some fish.

After chatting with the bartender for a bit, we placed our order: two cod fish fries. One with french fries (for me), and one with a side salad (for Jenny). We also grabbed fills of our Mug Club mugs - 20oz of brew for the price of a pint. Another outstanding deal.

The fish arrived in no-time, and it upon delivery, we were taken aback. This wasn't your typical 2- or 3-piece "cod finger" offering. No sir. The Rockhound Brewing Company serves up a monstrous piece of cod steak. Easily enough for two people to share.

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The massive portion of flaky white cod comes with a pile of fresh fries, a mayo-based coleslaw, a tartar-like aioli, and a slice of warmed/grilled lemon. The glistening drops in the photo above are from the squeeze of lemon that I had applied. Malt vinegar aficionados will have to bring their own flask, as the Rockhound doesn't offer it as a condiment.

After spritzing some lemon over the cod and taking a sample of both the slaw and tartar (normally not my favorite, but this one had a generous hint of black pepper and was pretty good), I cut into the cod.

The batter was just slightly heavy, but boasted an outstanding mix of flavors. We could definitely detect the presence of beer in the batter, along with a touch of salt and a nice dose of black pepper. The batter on the top of the fish stayed nice and crisp throughout; the underside became a tad mushy due to the piping hot fries trapping heat and moisture under the cod. The batter was expertly applied - it clung nicely to the gigantic cod.

Regardless, the fish was truly outstanding. We both ate our entire piece(s), which is saying a lot. The cod was perfectly cooked and flaked easily while remaining firm and meaty the entire time. Flavor was balanced and just a bit mild. Oh so good.

For $15, this was an amazing piece of fish and an excellent overall entree. Do yourself a favor and get over to Rockhound Brewing Company. Imbibe some of their excellent beers, eat some of the great food, and enjoy outstanding service from the staff. I'm definitely a fan.

Food: 5-stars
Service: 4.5-stars
Ambiance: 4.5-stars
Value: 4.5-stars


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