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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $14.25

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: When lunch time on Friday hits and we need a quick a delicious Fish Fry without all the fuss we head to the Villa Tap. It's just so damn good.

Today was a perch day and if you've never had this perch you've missed out on one of life's simple pleasures. It runs just under $15, which you might think is pricey for a tavern, but believe you us, it's worth every damn penny. Chico does perch right and doesn't compromise when it comes to quality. He only gets the genuine article and will take it off the menu before he opts for the cheaper stuff like some places are doing these days. His are 5-6 real deal yellow perch fillets that come dusted with perfectly balanced breading that clings to every square inch of the fillet. This stuff is so tasty it's damn nearly impossible to put into words. You really do just have to try it for yourself.

The rest of the Fish Fry is pretty average, save for the perfectly thick, creamy, and potent tartar that sets the fish off like a bottle rocket. The fries are from the freezer, but well fried. The slaw is from a jug, but well creamy. And the roll is from a bag, but baked the morning of.

The perch at the Villa is probably the tastiest single fish we've eaten anywhere. No, it's not the best Fish Fry anywhere, but if we're just talking about the fish part of the fry there aren't many in Chico's league. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and will be back any time we need a quick and delicious Fish Fry for lunch. Now dinner? Ha, dinner is a different story altogether. Get there early, or get there late, or you'd better be willing to have a drink or two. It turns out we're not the only ones who think pretty highly of this Fry.



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2302 Packers Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 244-9627