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The Tavern Grill has Fish Fry Mondays

I don’t know if I was early, or late, to the table for this week’s fish fry. Or maybe, right on time?

With only a couple more weeks of Lent left, I needed a couple more stops to complete my Friday Fish Fry series. I’ve tried to keep my ventures to Woodbury – save my two trips to Catholic churches in Oakdale – and had come to that point where it was time to do a Google search for my remaining two meals. 

A quick “Fish Fry Woodbury MN” search brought up a few suggestions, including The Tavern Grill. I looked at the online menu, and decided this would be my next Friday Fish Fry stop.

I mean, the online menu sounded both intriguing, and fantastic: “A generous portion of wild caught filet of cod dipped in our Tavern batter and lightly fried for a crispy crust. Served with waffle fries, housemade coleslaw and housemade tartar sauce.”

I ordered the Tavern Fish and Chips and a glass of iced tea. After a few minutes, The Tavern’s front of house manager, Molly Mikel, stopped by my table to answer some questions. 

I asked her a few questions about the restaurant and its seafood offerings. I asked her how long The Tavern has been in Woodbury (it’s been three years). It was a nice conversation, but she tripped me up when I asked her about the fish fry. 

Apparently, I missed The Tavern’s fish fry. It’s held every Monday, year-round; not on Fridays. Essentially, the meal is the same as the Tavern Fish and Chips I’d ordered, but it’s a few dollars cheaper, and it’s an all-you-can-eat kind of meal. 

“It’s very popular on Mondays,” Mikel told me. “You see almost all fish around the dining room on Mondays.”

Huh. Fish Fry Monday. Who knew? You can bet I’m going to keep that one in mind.

The regular meal comes with four cod fillets, a mound of seasoned waffle-cut fries, the coleslaw, a half a lemon, and ketchup and the tartar sauce. 

I asked Mikel if she could divulge some of the secrets to that intriguing menu description. Without going into too much detail, she told me the housemade tartar sauce contains pickles, capers and tarragon. It’s not as thick as many mayonnaise-based tartars, either. The coleslaw had a lighter, somewhat creamy dressing, too. 

I’m not particularly sure what the seasonings were that are on the waffle fries, but it was a nice blend. And as someone who has worked part-time over a deep fryer more than she cares to admit, I can tell you there is a fine art to getting fries of any sort “just right.” You pull them out too soon, they’re mushy. You don’t drain them enough, they’re greasy. You get the idea. But I can honestly say, in my humble – and sadly, experienced – opinion, these were “just right.” 

The fun surprise came by way of the Tavern’s batter for the cod. It had all the usual ingredients for a base, but also included a little light beer, white pepper, and Sriracha sauce.

Mind. Blown.

Though Sriracha sauce is a hot chili sauce, it wasn’t like I needed a glass of water after every bite. It wasn’t hot, it wasn’t spicy. Somehow, there was just enough in the batter to give each bite a little warmth at the end. I don’t know exactly how to describe it, I just know it was delicious.

The Tavern Grill is located at 772 Bielenberg Drive in Woodbury. For more information, call 651-578-3000, or visit www.thetaverngrill.com.

 

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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