Fish Type: Cod Price: $10.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I'm fortunate to have some friends that are pretty intelligent. In particular, I have a couple that work for Zendesk (look them up if you want to know what they do) whose office is right down on the square. When one of them pinged me and asked if I'd be interested in some fish and a tour of their swanky office space I jumped at the chance. When he suggested we go to the Tipsy Cow for lunch beforehand it sealed the deal.
I hadn't been to the Tipsy for lunch for a few years and this visit made me remember what I was missing. The Cow has cod and walleye on Fridays and for $10 the cod is a steal. The walleye also checks the "How is this possible?" box since it's only $12 and appears to be the real deal. The TC doesn't mess around and produce fish with a flavorful and bountiful beer batter. As expected, the batter works best on the cod with its smoky flavor and creamy texture. It's rich and inviting and as decadent as they come. The fish itself was of good quality and had me wondering why in the world it had been so damn long since last I came down to the Cow.
Fries come with the fish and are satisfactory and not as abundant as you'd assume. Luckily, the have a crispy batter that does the deed and supplements the fish admirably.
Some thin and kind of skunky tartar comes along for the ride and by itself would make for a very lackluster sauce experience. Thankfully, the always impressive Tipsy Sauce picks up its slack and takes things to a wholenother level with it smoky chipotle flavor. The namesake sauce makes the (crummy by comparison) homemade tartar 100% obsolete.
Traditional Frys come with rye and the Tipsy is one of the few places in town that take this tradition seriously. The slab was fresh and crusty and offset the potent pink slaw perfectly.
The Tispy recently opened a new location in the Prairie Lakes development outside of Sun Prairie and since I work very close to the I can hardly wait to give it a shot. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think the Tipsy is a cash cow if ever there was one.
102 King Street
Madison, WI 53703