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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $9.75

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: Sometimes in life we paint things in a favorable light simply because they are new to us. This sense of discovery empowers us to think of these items as better than they really are and gives us hope for more unexpected discoveries in the fututre. A couple months ago we stumbled across Deli Delicious on Madison’s North Side, and were incredibly impressed by the quality of the Fish Fry. Everything was simply excellent and I knew we would be back time and again since it is pretty close to our house and we can get in and out quickly if necessary. It just so happened that we needed our Fish Fry to be speedy this Friday, so I called the Deli and placed my order.

The lady on the phone told me it would only be about ten minutes until my 4-piece would be ready so I bolted out the door. I arrived at the County M mainstay about 5 minutes later and she was already boxing it up. I was out the door of DD and in my front door in less than 15 minutes from the time my call was placed. How is that for turn-around time? I wasted no time tearing open the bag and diving into the container which housed my fried bounty.

The cod was perched atop a couple pieces of parchment/wax paper. Like my previous encounter the four long fillets had a light batter which clung to the fish well. The cod was light and flaky, but did not fall apart when handled. Overall, it was very good, but unlike my last trip the batter seemed a little less spicy. The blend of seasonings seemed to have been toned down, and wasn’t bad by any means, but just not quite as memorable as the first visit. Regardless, I finished all I planned on eating, and was able to save my last piece for fish sandwich the next day.

Even though my trip between DD and home was very short, the fat crinkle cut fries were noticeable the whole way, as they filled my car with their brilliant aroma. They were slathered in season salt and tasted just great, although they could have been left in the fryer for another minute or two to crisp them up a bit. Even so, they complimented the cod very well and also tasted great with the tartar sauce.

The gigantic cup of mayo-laden tartar had no problem outlasting the generous portion of cod and fries. Like the fish, it was delicious, but could have used a little something (more relish in this case) to spice it up a notch. The creamy slaw that accompanied the Fish Fry was also pretty good, but the baked beans were very average and actually tasted a little burned. Oh well, side items can’t ruin a Fish Fry in our book.

A grandma-esque dinner roll also came along for the journey, but unlike grandmas was not served hot. This lukewarm bun was certainly average, but little more.

Overall, this is an easy Fish Fry to recommend, but after my second visit some of the luster has certainly faded. While everything is tasty, this meal is not quite on par with the best out there. However, with such a quick turnaround I will still have no problem getting carryout from time to time. For goodness sakes, I ordered at 7:08 and was writing this review by 7:38. It certainly can’t get any faster than that… can it? I guess we will find out the next time we dive into Deli Delicious.
5440 Willow Road
Waunakee, WI 53597

(608) 242-1940