Fish Type: Cod Price: $13.50
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Things that are already established: -Buck & Honey’s is the best restaurant in Sun Prairie -Buck & Honey’s has great drinks -Buck & Honey’s is going to be busy on Friday nights -Buck & Honey’s new outdoor patio is amazing for multiple reasons – let’s start there.
The new patio at B&H’s (complete with cornhole and horseshoe pits) has relieved some of the pressure on the interior space. When we showed up during primetime this Friday there were spots open at the bar, and even a few open tables. We snagged one of the high-tops right away and were off and running. It was a great start and something we weren’t mentally prepared for, but were happy to find (we expected a long wait bar-side). There were a waitresses buzzing all over in a well-coordinated ballet of efficiency. They all seemed to be genuinely enjoying their work and it wasn’t but a couple minutes before our own joyful server stopped on by.
As is the norm at Buck & Honey’s she took our order in a flash and delivered it promptly to the kitchen without missing a beat. No more than 10 minutes passed before she returned with a smile on her face and plates in hand. The Fish Fry ($13.50) looked pretty, but as expected, the portion was on the small side. While, in actuality, it was probably an appropriate size, we Wisconsinites have become accustomed to, and have come to expect, more and bigger fish. While I personally don’t have a problem with the amount of food I know there are people out there that might. They walleye and lake perch options were also one the expensive side.
Regardless of the size, the cod was delicious. It featured a light and flaky breading that enrobed, but didn’t drown out, the moist, premium cuts of cod. The breading had a balanced seasoning blend with a cumin undertone that played perfectly with the pure fish. While some grease tried to collect, I made sure to flip them about three minutes in to keep it from settling too much which kept things fairly pristine.
The default side with the Fish Fry is a cheesy hash brown casserole, not the standard French fries. The browns were rich and creamy, clearly made with care, and scooped right out of a big pan/casserole dish. They were definitely tasty, but I still kicked myself for not remembering to switch to the house-cut fries. The fries are simply phenomenal.
A creamy tartar came on the side, and had the right flavor but could have been a tad thicker. There was noticeable dill present in the homemade sauce, but it wasn’t overpowering and didn’t taint the fish. The slaw was also homemade, but unlike the tartar, was incredibly creamy. The thick goo was plentiful, but could have used some more zip.
A little white roll was perched on the corner of the plate, and was fresh and warm. While it’s no rye, it’s not a bad alternative, and probably more popular than the rye so it’s understandable why they chose to go that route. Rye is traditional, but not necessarily in vogue in 2013.
Buck & Honey’s is the best thing Sun Prairie has going for it, and it really shows. It’s definitely a place the locals can be proud of, and the crown jewel in whatever culinary scene exists in the suburb. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and have lots of good reason to come back time and again.
804 Liberty Road
Sun Prairie, WI 53590