Fish Type: Cod Price: $10.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: A year ago I said that there was no way I was going to wait almost a decade for my next visit to the VF on CV, and when we had friends from Minnesota come to town requesting a "classic Wisconsin Fish Fry" I knew exactly what I needed to do. Despite the fact we had a trio of children with us, we braved the VF, and everyone, I mean EVERYONE, was thrilled (especially me).
VFW Post 8483 is the one just north of the airport (with the plane on a stick) and they offer what is bar-none the best Veterans-affiliated Fish Fry in the area. You can take that to the bank! Their Friday menu has all the usual suspects, and all at Veteran-friendly prices...we're talking $12 (REAL) lake perch here, people. This wasn't my first rodeo with the Vets, and despite being tempted by the price point and the perch and that of the wonderfully-cheap walleye, I stuck with the even cheaper $10 cod since I knew it was the real sleeper of the bunch.
Despite the fact you only get two chunks of fish they are HUUUUUUUUUUUGE! Like, misleadingly large. This plateful is easily more than enough for one big man and the chunks come skinned in a light, ultra-seasoned breading that makes the flaky flakes a lot more than just cod. It's honestly some of the absolutely tastiest cod out there, and I say that with no hesitation.
Everything that accompanies the fish is just sort of average, starting with the straight-up-straight-cut fries. The thick and creamy food service tartar keeps pace, with grandma's dinner roll and a food service slaw finishing things off as they should.
It's really hard to justify going anywhere else on Fridays when the VF on CV is like five minutes from home, but sometimes you just do what you gotta do regardless of how silly that may be. Of course, when you go afield, and realize there was 10x better fish just minutes from your door (with NO WAIT mind you) you do tend to feel like an idiot. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think it's definitely one of Madison's more overlooked and under-appreciated Frys.
737 County Road CV
Madison, WI 53704