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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $12.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Fair
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good

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Comment: I'll start by saying this isn't going to be a my most focused review. Sure, I ate the fish, and I'll tell you what I thought about it, but I was distracted and didn't really invest in it. That said, I still think what I have to say is accurate albeit maybe not as thorough as usual. Here's the back story - I was contacted by an editor from The Dish (the UW foodie magazine) to see if I'd be interested in talking about the Madison Fish Fry scene and whatnot. I agreed to do so only if we could do it at the Big 10 over a plate of fish and she wholeheartedly concurred. We met on a Wednesday (since the Big 10 has fish on Wednesdays) to sit down and chew the fat.

For starters the Wednesday Fish Fry selection at the Big 10 pales in comparison to the expansive Friday menu. It's whittled down to perch and cod, and since I had my mind on freshwater fish I went the perch route (she the cod). Every other time I've had perch at the Big 10 it has been 5 fillets of the real deal yellow lake perch, but this time was different. This $12 plate had 3 fillets which were definitely not the genuine article in look or in taste. This fish was flaky and light, but had almost no flavor whatsoever whether it be in the fish or the breading. It's only saving grace was the revamped Big 10 tartar that clung to its coating and screamed "I'm the zing you need!" It was disappointing to say the least but not nearly as disappointing as...

...the fact there are no potato pancakes on Wednesday either. We had to settle for shoestring style fries, which to their credit, were perfectly acceptable, but not trademark side we were longing for. Whereas the PPs were absent the soft marble rye still showed up as did their homemade slaw which was regrettably forgettable under these circumstances.

Clearly being distracted by gabbing about other fish is going to take some focus away from this review, but I still got to gauge the Wednesday Fish Fry at the Big 10 and it's just not the same. The fish was different, the sides were a shadow of themselves, and the whole experience just wasn't what you find on a Friday. Overall, we don't recommend this Wednesday Fish Fry, but HIGHLY recommend the FRIDAY FISH FRY at the Big 10. It's a night and day difference and something we're definitely happy we found out.

For those who are interested, the interview with Daniella from The Dish is scheduled to appear in the Spring edition of the print and on-line magazines. It should be a good one! (i.e. I don't think I sounded like too big of an idiot)



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