Fish Type: Cod (AYCE) Price: $10.00
Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Beer battered fish. Don’t get me wrong, I like it enough, but when you compare it to regular batter it is just too much usually. Last week we went to the Great Dane, naturally their fish was beer battered and really heavy. I wasn’t really in the mood for more beer battered Cod at this soon after but when I saw the menu at Tully’s II and realized they had Lake Perch as well as Cod I figured it was worth a shot.
Tully’s II is located on Monona Drive near the beltline on Madison’s southeast side. The place looks small from the outside but once you get in it is actually quite spacious and bright. Right when you step in the door you see the bar located directly in front of you with dining rooms to either side. Separating the two dining rooms and somewhat far away from the bar was a kind of game room, complete with pool tables, phoos ball and the like. This room seemed slightly out of place but I bet if you had kids with you it would be a godsend. According to their menu, Tully’s II is the “Best Fish Fry in Monona”, so I felt like we were at least in for a good meal.
The AYCE Beer Battered Cod at Tully’s II is $10.00 while the Beer Battered Lake Perch is only dollar more and also AYCE. I went for the Lake Perch for the reasons described above and was also able to try the Cod. The same beer batter was used on both types of fish and was good but definitely thicker than your average non-beer batter. The fish itself was good, with the Cod being slightly better than the Lake Perch. Overall this was actually probably some of the better beer batter I can remember, I give them points for that. Even though it was AYCE I was only able to eat 3 pieces, partially due to the thick and creamy batter and partially due to the salad bar you get before hand.
Usually when you get Fish Fry you are served a side of coleslaw, like it or not. Tully’s II goes beyond and includes the AYCE salad bar with their AYCE fish which is nice. The rolls which were available on the salad bar were just your average style buns but tasted just fine when paired with the whipped butter on the table. The French fries were somewhat disappointing. The delicious looking shoestring style fries were a little cold and not as plentiful as you would hope for at an AYCE. The tartar sauce was good though even if it was just a big squeeze bottle hanging out at the table. The service at Tully’s II was fine. It seems to be a family run operation with a few dedicated folks running the whole show.
If I am ever in the mood for a good AYCE Beer Battered Fish Fry, or if I have friends/family in town that are big beer batter fans I would not hesitate to go to Tully’s II. This is simply a good Fish Fry for a good price, especially if you are a big fan of All You Can Eat.
6401 Monona Drive
Monona, WI 53719