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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $15.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: I've worked at a few different places since graduation and have kept in touch with folks from most of them. Once in a while we'll get together over fish and shoot the breeze. Usually it's at one of the places we used to frequent while working together like Wilson's, the Villa Tap, or Dexter's, and today the Earthlings had the later on the brain.

Dexter's is basically a can't-miss Fry and has enough option to keep everyone happy, including cod, freshwater fish, and baked options. On our most recent visit the bluegill had returned, but it was absent again this Friday so we just defaulted to its freshwater brethren the lake perch. The LP runs $15, which is about average in 2017 and comes in the average portion of six.

Since we had a reasonably large group it took a reasonably long time to get our grub, but that didn't mean it sat around. The Great Lakes Lake Perch were obviously the real deal as Dexter's prides themselves on disclosing their suppliers. The sextet of swimmers was slightly over-fried leaving them crispy rather than supple with a breading that was missing most of its signature seasoning. Still, it was better than most of what's out there, but not quite a top 25er in our book.

We've stumped for Dexter's waffles fries for years and this batch hit the mark flavor-wise, but fell short in numbers. There were probably only ten full-sized lattices on the plate with tons of nubbins beneath them. It as a disappointing display to be sure.

Dexter's tartar is as homemade as they come and also as tasty. It has a big, bold zip and clings to the fish like a wood tick on a German Shepard. They also provide plenty of real rye, which pairs perfectly with onion-y coleslaw. These two are the Fred and Ginger and the Fish Fry...they dance like angels and make each other way better than they would be on their own.

while some of the polish has certainly worn of Dexter's apple, this Fish Fry still speaks for itself. It has everything you expect and a few things you don't, and most importantly it's all balanced. Overall, we still highly recommend this Fish Fry, although will concede it's probably not a top 25 contender in 2017.
301 North Street
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 244-3535