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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $9.25

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: The last time we ate at Slice’s was a lunch time endeavor and was less than spectacular. The fish was straight out of the freezer and pretty nasty even though it was dirt cheap. I heard through the grapevine that the dinner special on Friday was quite a different story. Supposedly after 5pm the menu expands beyond cod to offer perch and walleye, all of which come freshly battered. After hearing this I decided to roll the dice on the Slice yet again.

I arrived at around 7:45 and met a couple dudes I know shortly thereafter. We sat at the bar and looked over the options listed on board. The cod and perch were both $9.25. The walleye was slightly more at $12.50 but we had nary a chance to order it since it was sold out well in advance of 8pm. I opted for the perch over the cod and sat back to enjoy my bottle of Schlitz.

It wasn’t long before the bartender/waitress gave us a couple rolls each, along with a stanky slaw that was actually pretty decent. One roll was of the sesame seed variety while the other was some sort of pumpernickel-rye hybrid. They were both warm and tasty which made me hopeful that the rest of the meal would be equally, if not more, satisfying. As it turned out these precursors were a terrible tease and wound up being the highlight of the meal.

When the perch arrived it was ungodly hot which gave me high hopes, however immediately upon biting the first piece I could tell something was wrong. The batter was fairly light but somehow not flaky; it lacked any real taste and just find of fell apart. The fish underneath was kind of mushy and not flaky either. It left me wondering if the fryer was simply too hot and overcooked the fish instantly since the cod had the same batter and was similarly mushy.

The straight cut fries were just fine but did not really stand out in any way which is about all that can be said for the tartar sauce as well. Both were acceptable but not enough to make up for the slightly below average fish.

After such a good start I really thought Slice’s was going to bounce back from their sub par lunch performance, but alas it was not to be. The fish was overcooked, somewhat greasy and just not flavorful in general. The fries and tartar were fine but couldn’t salvage the show even with a great setup from the slaw. Apparently walleye is the fish of choice at Slice’s. I would like to try it but am not sure how I will convince myself to go back for it. Overall, I probably would not recommend this Fish Fry, although it was an improvement over their lunch special for whatever that is worth.

2417 Pennsylvania Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 243-6925