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Fish Type: Bluegill     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Excellent
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good

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Comment: Our last several trips to Dexter's Pub have been pretty basic - good fish, good sides, good beer, but something was lacking. It was hard to put our finger on exactly what was missing, but the once omnipresent edge wasn't there anymore. Sure, there were still tons of great beers, and the food did it's job, but it wasn't an eye-opener like it used to be. Dexter's had settled into a rut for good, or so we thought...

Maybe we just lucked out, or maybe there's a new cook in town, but whatever the case the spice came back today. The bluegill and waffle fries were on point, and brought back everything we loved so much back in the day. Someone clearly found the salt shaker again as the breading brought back all the oomph that had been fading over the years. At least 10 fillets lorded over the plate and put all their subjects in order with a well-seasoned scepter. It was simply superb stuff and the flavor I'd been longing for.

The waffles fries also go their groove back with the pungent seasoning of olde. I can tell you unequivocally that something had changed because they were "too spicy" according MFF Jr. and he had been gobbling them up with no hesitation on previous visits. It was just fine with me as the bevy of starchy lattices kept me satisfied, and despite the fact there were almost as many crumbs floating around under the full grids they were no less appealing. YES!

Dexter's potent tartar really put the fish on ice with it's creamy classic flavor, while the half slab of marble rye made me really happy with its presence alone. A 4 oz cup of their homemade slaw also seemingly reverted to the days of yore with less of the onion-y overtones we've become accustomed to. This blast from the past suited me just fine although even the onion-laced version blends well with the rye.

I have no idea what happened on this trip to the North Street mainstay, but I'm certainly glad it did. It was an all-around unexpected surprise and exactly how I hope things go down from here on out! Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and pray the sass is here to stay.
301 North Street
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 244-3535