Fish Type: Cod Price: $7.00
Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
French Fry Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: $15 for $30 worth of food and bowling at the Middleton Sport Bowl, the advertisement said. Since MFF is nothing if not a savvy consumer, once we read the fine print and realized that it said nothing of Friday-exclusions, we jumped on it. I mean, c’mon. $15 for what amounts to four Fish Frys? That’s a seriously good deal.
We corralled the troops and hit the Sport Bowl right during the lunch rush. Even so, we still had our pick of several tables and what would prove to be a very attentive waiter. The lunch Fish Fry at the MSB runs $7 and features two nicely sized pieces of cod, a fair amount of fries, and the rest of the standard sides.
The food came about seven minutes after we ordered and was piping hot. Wasting no time, I lunged cod-ward and sunk my teeth in. The flaky fish was pretty good, but for some reason totally missed Jer. He was underwhelmed by the semi-thick beer batter and only ate one of his two pieces. Luckily, I was there to fall on that grenade and swallowed up his abandoned fry posthaste. While even I was not blown away, the fish lacked grease, had a nice flavor, and was just very solid in general.
The fries on the other hand were much better. The julienne-cut potatoes were the battered variety and perfectly fried. Their crisp exteriors gave way to supple interiors making for an idyllic side. Reviews of the tartar were mixed, but the sauce itself hardly was (mixed, that is). The homemade MSB blend was almost straight mayo, and while it missed Paco completely with its lack of zip I found it to be more than acceptable, especially when you compare it to some of the dillier sauces we have experienced.
Standard rolls and so-so slaw rounded out the meals and while neither was a show stopper, both did what they needed to do.
When all was said and done our wonderful waiter brought the check (a whopping $3 after our $30 “Groupon”), and we all had a chuckle. Sure, it wasn’t the best Fish Fry we have ever had, but it just may have been the best deal we have ever gotten. $15 for $30 worth of food at the MSB!? If you ever see that one again, buy that baby and take it to the bank. Overall, this is an easy Fish Fry to recommend at the normal price, more or less at half-price. We’ll be back (although probably not with Jer).
6815 University Avenue
Middleton, WI 53562