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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $10.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: They say there are two certainties in life: death, and taxes. In Wisconsin we can add one more to that list: your favorite Fish Fry place is going to be packed on the first Friday of Lent. This year I went to the Tipsy Cow on the inaugural Friday, and as expected, they were swamped. The wait for a table approached an hour and a half, but luckily for me I was rolling solo and got a spot at the bar about 15 minutes after I got there (and felt pretty good about it).

Once I got the spot everything went swimmingly (although they did forget the slice of rye). My fish came about 10 minutes after I ordered and was steaming hot. As expected, the cod was really good. It featured a nice, light beer batter with a smooth flavor. The fish itself was flaky and came in a decent portion (probably around 9 ounces total). I gleefully dunked the fish in both the delicious Tipsy sauce and improved tartar sauce that accompanied it, often at the same time.

The aforementioned Tipsy sauce is interesting and features a subtle smoky, chipotle flavor, while the updated tartar is smooth and creamy with just enough dill to keep things interesting. The sauces went blow for blow with each other until all fish and fries were exhausted, and while I appreciated the improved tartar, the Tipsy sauce is still where it’s at. The Tipsy slaw was also uniquely delicious and featured a pinkish hue similar to the specialty sauce. Yum.

Since there was no bread, the last thing on the plate was a handful of battered fries which were simply delicious. The allotment was adequate, and each individual featured a great crunch, and supple center. They lasted until the fish was gone, but not much longer.

I’m not really afraid to die, and, unlike a lot of people, I don’t have a huge problem paying my taxes. What’s more, I don’t mind having a beer or two at the bar while I wait for my Fish Fry, and totally expect that will be the case on the first Friday of Lent. It’s simply an inevitability you have to deal with and nothing to get worked up over especially when a fantastic Fish Fry is your reward. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and have to say that the Tipsy Cow has come a long way over the years.
102 King Street
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 287-1455