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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: Good

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Comment: There was a day when we thought the Fish Fry at the VFW by the airport was one of the best in town. Since then we've eaten A LOT more fish and the venerable veteran's hall has slipped not only out of our rankings, but out of our thoughts when we think about where to go on Fridays - that was a mistake. We waited far too long before coming back and unjustifiably so - that's a mistake we won't make again.

The Friday specials at the VF are the same as they've always been with a couple small exceptions. They still feature the cod and walleye they always did, but have added lake perch and shrimp to repertoire. All are relatively cheap ranging from $10-$13.50. Since I'd had walleye for lunch I settled on the lake perch and got the cod for the little man so got to sample that as well. The cod was every bit as good as I remembered it being and then some. The massive chunks were probably a good 6 oz each. If you could somehow manage to pick them up and swing them like a bat you could kill a rodent or maybe even a small dog. Of course, you couldn't do that since the loins are so moist and flaky they would fall apart on the back-swing, but you get the gist. Each is covered in a thin yet crunchy coating that will get soaked with grease if it sits for too get crackin'! The breading has lots of flavor just as we remembered which really takes the cod a step beyond the norm. The lake perch was also great and had a similar light breading. While a couple were a little off (overly fishy, almost like they'd been sitting around a while) they were all the genuine article which for $12 is a little surprising. 5 BIG fillets made up the portion and while they weren't so big that they raised a doubt about their legitimacy they were jumbos.

There are a few sides to choose from and take it from the wedges are the way to go. These plumpers had some extra seasoning and while the regular version had a big battered crunch the wedges won the day. In truth, both are winners and you can't make a bad choice between them. The supper club style tartar that comes along is as thick as all get out and a real clinger, while the dinner roll is basic, but at least it's there. A creamy slaw also toes the line, but isn't the puncher you'll find at some other establishments. Like the roll it does it's job and little else.

With so many places to get fish on Friday (and more popping up every day) it is hard to go to all of them more or less revisit places you've been before, but VFW Post 8483 deserved better. We went far too long in between visits with no real reason for it. It was a bad choice on our part and one we won't be repeating. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think it has to be one of the better deals this side of the runway.

737 County Road CV
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 241-3740