Fish Type: Cod Price: $6.75
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Fair
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: If there is one thing Madison lacks its supper clubs. Relatively speaking, there just arent that many for a city this size, which is really kind of sad. Only a handful spring to mind, and even a few of those dont totally fit the mold. Feilers is just one such example.
Feilers is kind of a hidden gem as far as Madison goes well, its definitely hidden, the gem part is debatable. It fits the supper club mold in that its old school, has a dark interior, and the requisite menu, but there is something about it that comes up short when compared to some of the classic supper clubs out there. Id say its really more of a supper club lite.
Of course, even a supper club lite has Fish Fry on Friday, and the lunch special at Feilers is only $6.75. Obviously for six seventy-five you cant expect the word and the lunch portion is conservative, but appropriate. Five to six small cod nuggets start things off and add up to roughly 6 oz. of meat. The fish is flaky and pure, and cloaked in Feilers moderately thick, but severely tasty beer batter. These doughy little golden-brown bites are rich and creamy and definitely fall on the decadent end of the fish spectrum.
A small handful of thick, Julienne-cut fries come with the nuggets and while they have a satisfying crunch and are well-fried there is nothing really special about them. The homemade tartar on the other hand is exceptional. Its incredibly thick and creamy with visible amounts of relish. It stands up to the creamy cod without giving an inch which is really saying something since the fish is so rich.
A wispy hamburger-looking bun with some rock hard butter comes before the fish and while its edible its not necessarily good, moreover its just there. The coleslaw is better, with a creamy, hearty pop - just as it should be.
While Madison isnt a supper club town per se, there are a few places doing their best to uphold the statewide tradition, and Feilers is doing their part. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry, and think it a great choice for a cheap lunch. For those looking for more, the dinner portion is much larger and comes with a choice of potato including twice-baked and hash browns. Just so ya know.
4506 Verona Road
Madison, WI 53711