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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $9.25

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Wilson’s is a stalwart. Ever since we first breeched the threshold and entered the LCD-laden mecca we were hooked on their Fish Fry. It is as consistent as they come, and never ever, have we had a subpar meal. More importantly, it has always been consistent – three 4 ounce-ish pieces of cod with all the standard accoutrements. It has never and will never change...or will it?

The standard 3-piece for $7.25 is enough for any one man, but when you bring another half a man (in this case a two year old) the $9.50 5-piece makes more sense. As it were, we were expecting the same old fish (which would have been super), but to our amazement things had changed…and for the better no less. The once average-sized cuts are now massive sinewy fillets. The squat rectangles of yesterday have been replaced by long, lean fillets, but still with plenty of meat. The batter:fish ratio has gone up significantly, and when batter is the tasty that’s definitely a good thing. It’s still as “fried-chicken-like” as it used to be and 100% grease free. Hot oil and light breading equals pure bliss and this bit of cod garners our highest score ever for Wilson’s, proving change can be a good thing.

That’s about where the change ends though, save for the real Hunts brand ketchup that has taken over for the generic hot dog stand stuff. The fries are what they’ve always been, although in such a gigantic portion they necessitated their own basket. While they were a little limp in spots, they were plentiful and satisfying for dad and little man alike.

Two, count ‘em, two ½ oz Solo cups of tartar were used in their entirety. It’s so good and so thick, that wasting any of the creamy concoction would be a crime against the Fry. It truly is the standard by which all other tartars should be judged.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but two, count ‘em, two dinner rolls came along for the journey. Some revamped slaw also lumbered along and was less chalky, and peppier than it used to be. It looks far more homemade and less Sysco standard than that of yesteryear.

We’ve always loved Wilson’s, but our relationship had definitely stagnated after a decade. Leave it to the Randy and the missus to shake things up in the best of ways. The new cuts of cod are amazing and when you consider the price hasn’t budged it’s definitely a customer-savvy switch. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and we might be time we seeing more of each other in the future.
2144 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

(608) 241-2226