Fish Type: Haddock (AYCE) Price: $11.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: When Gabe’s birthday rolls around and the choice for Friday Fish Fry is left to him you know you are in good hands. I usually waffle a little bit each Friday because I have a tough time choosing between old favorites and new places. When I asked Gabe where we were going on this special day there was no hesitation, he said “Fitzgerald's”, and that was that. Gabe likes the big guys because you are damn near guaranteed a great Fish Fry and on your birthday you want this guarantee.
We showed up around 8pm, put our name on the list and grabbed a couple drinks from the bar. About 20 minutes later our light-up coaster thing went off and we headed into the LCD’d dining room (if you are confused by the LCD part just go to the restaurant and you will see what I mean). The waitress came within a few minutes and got ready for the fish orders. Fitzgerald’s serves a full menu on Friday but the main choice is between the AYCE (from the kitchen) or the buffet. Since buffets are hit and miss I recommend the AYCE fresh and hot from the kitchen and that is what everyone in our party went with.
Prior to the fish you are treated to a nice loaf of bread, complete with little cutting board and knife to slice it yourself, as well as a massive bowl of slaw which is actually really good. We tried not to fill up too much since we knew the AYCE Haddock was on its way, but it is tough when these items are so good. The first round of fish hit the table and was gone instantly; we put in the second order when she was still present and began enjoying our spread.
The haddock was superb as it always is. The fish and batter were both light and flaky, just as they should be. We enjoyed all three rounds of fish although would have liked the turn around to be slightly quicker (I did have a few minutes without a piece of fried fish present on my plate which is heartbreaking at an AYCE). Regardless, the fish is definitely top quality and when coupled with the nearly perfect tartar makes for a euphoric taste worthy of Olympus.
The French fries are straight cut home style fries which do a good job adding to the fish without drawing too much attention to themselves. On Friday nights the haddock is the star of the show at Fitzgerald’s and that is the way it should be.
Fitzgerald’s is a classic Supper Club with the classic Friday night crowds. You should expect to have a short wait and enjoy a couple drinks at the bar knowing that they are pumping people in and out as fast as they can. The service is usually very good since they are hyper-focused on getting the fish out while it is nice and hot. Overall this was simply another great Fish Fry at Fitzgerald’s and a happy birthday for the Gabester.
3112 Parmenter Street
Middleton, WI 53562