Fish Type: Catfish Price: $18.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Graze is a known commodity in the Madison restaurant scene at this point. The Tory Miller hot spot has been around long enough now to have shed some less heralded items, tightening their menu into nothing but crowd-pleasing dishes. There are no superfluous entrées here at present, with the best part being the inclusion of an honest to goodness Fish Fry...EVERY. SINGLE. FRIDAY.
Of course, since it's a Miller, there is going to be some flexibility when it comes to the specials and on Friday there is a rotating cast of characters. This week the fish du jour was catfish which is about as hit-and-miss as a Fish Fry fish can be. We've had cornmeal crusted, superbly seasoned catfish that was as savory as any fish you'll find, but we've also has sloppy, less-than-firm catfish that brought the term "bottom-feeder" to the forefront of our minds. The Graze rendition fell into the prior tier and was simply done right. Three meaty pieces made up $18 portion, and were home to a light breading that didn't appear to be any sort of beer batter (they quote beer batter on the menu). While catfish does have a tendency to be mushy this was about as clean and flaky as you'll ever find. There were no brown or slimy parts (which means it was well-trimmed) and it held together remarkably well. We absolutely loved it and think it's undoubtedly some of the best catfish we've had...FROM. THE. BOTTOM. TO. THE. TOP.
You're not going to see bags full of pre-cut fries in Graze's freezer and for good reason. Their fresh-cut fries are the bee's knees and there were plenty to go around. These spuds were perfectly fried, adequately salted and taken over the top by the horseradish aioli. YUM. Speaking of the aioli it had a buddy in the house tartar which was zippy and smooth, and paired admirably with the crisp catfish. Between the fish, fries, and sauces we were mixin' and matchin' and dippin' and dunkin' and loving every minute of the mayhem...FLAVOR. CITY.
I'm not really all that surprised, but there was no bread with the Fish Fry, which sucks, but a very good and plentiful cup of house-made slaw sort of made up for it. This blend was smooth and creamy without any overly influential flavors. It had a good balance, but man, we wish we could have scooped a spoonful onto a little slice of rye...PARADISE. LOST.
Graze has been a great restaurant since day one, and it speaks volumes to see them continuing to improve. From the double smash burger, to some other recent additions we've heard nothing but good things about the updates. Of course, for us the fact that they've dedicated to the Fish Fry puts them on a whole new level and we're thrilled to have finally made it back to sample something new. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and can hardly wait to see what they have up their sleeve for when we come back next. NEXT. FISH. UP.
1 South Pinckney
Madison, WI 53703