Fish Type: Cod Price: $12.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Much has been written about Toby's Supper Club - some good, some not so good. The good mostly revolves around the quality food at a great price, while the not-so-good centers on the crowds, the impatient bartenders, and the ambiance of the old building. While I personally love the hustle and bustle of Friday nights, and the dark low ceilings, I can appreciate the concerns others have; and since we roll with a four year old these days we avoid the dinner rush at this point opting instead for lunch-hour meal on South Dutch Mill Road.
This was a cod Friday and the $12 3-piece with all the usual sides is sure to satisfy. Toby's cod is pristine, and apparently of the highest quality. The fish flakes apart effortlessly into thick juicy planks that have a light and smooth flavor. They are perfectly complimented by Toby's light and flaky breading that sloughs off readily and necessitates a fork at times. It's a superb rendition and some of the best cod you will find anywhere.
For us the potato of choice in the hash browns (with cheese and onion), although the steak fries are exceptional as well. The onions come embedded in the circular hash-o-loaf while the slice of American is placed on top allowing it settle, but not melt entirely. Only upon mixing is the cheese fully melded with it's spudly supporter.
Toby's is a supper club and as such you'd expect a thick and creamy tartar and that's exactly what they deliver. The potent goo puts the proverbial icing on the cod cake and takes the fish from delectable to divine.
A nice soft roll stood in for the standard slice of French bread today, and while we can't say it's a permanent switch it would be fine with us if it was. The slaw was also a little different - lacking the sugar rush we've become accustomed to - but we were alright with that as the finely-chopped mix still struck the right balance. And of course, the single serving of Schoep's ice cream at the end tops everything off and is a bonus you don't find anywhere else. I mean, free dessert? Who else is doing that?
We've heard it all before and we're sure we'll hear it again, but regardless what some of the dissenters say we love the Fish Fry at Toby's. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and will keep coming back until we have a good reason not to...or until they close their doors. Whichever comes first.
3717 S Dutch Mill Road
Madison, WI 53718