Your fish fry review crew hitched up the wagons in April, meeting at the Cold Spring Inn, just 2.6 miles north of downtown Whitewater on Highway N.
The parking lot was jammed at 5:55pm, a good sign. As we entered the busy bar area, I worried that our 6:00pm reservation would not be met. My fears were laid to rest as we were shown to our table immediately by the friendly hostess and waitress.
We dug into the fresh, well-appointed salad bar which boasted hand-cut vegetables, delicious salads and crisp lettuce with a variety of dressings. Three types of delicious, hot rolls (wheat, white & rye) were replenished promptly.
And then, we were ready for our entrees…
The seafood was offered Deep Fried or Steamed, and we ordered some of both. The Cod & Chicken all-you-can-eat special arrived piping hot. The cod, lightly coated and delicious, was accompanied by an exceptional tartar sauce, proclaimed “reminiscent of an old favorite fish fry restaurant’s concoction” by one of our party. The baked chicken arrived moist and lightly seasoned. The fish and chicken were cheerfully replenished.
The stand-out Lake Perch was very fresh, with no fishy taste. So good, in fact, that not a scrap was left to take home.
The excellent Baked Fish was moist and delicious.
Potato pancakes were not listed on the menu, but were available when requested – so we’re glad we asked! Those potato pancakes were well worth the wait! Fried on the flat top to crunchy/crisp perfection, with the inside creamy and hot, we ordered a second helping. The potato pancakes alone are worth the trip to the Cold Spring Inn.
The Cold Spring Inn staff keeps it clean. Beige vinyl covered the tables with paper napkins. The décor is what can best be described as “Wisconsin Supper Club,” with a hodge-podge of decorations.
Bathrooms were clean and tidy.
Our Fish Fry Review Crew all agree: The Cold Spring Inn is a great place to gather the gang and worth the trip. One request: please get those Potato Pancakes on the menu permanently!
Katie was the Executive Director of the Lake Mills Main Street Program from 2011 to 2019 and was the Secretary for the Jefferson County Tourism Council. In 2019, she retired to explore a new fashion degree and travel throughout the world. Katie was also a writer and contributed a great deal of copy for our website and printed guide. She was a great asset to our organization and we'll miss her!