Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $9.00
Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Fair|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: In brief: Come for the beer, don’t stay for the fish.
I rolled into Eddie’s Ale House not knowing what to expect, but wanting to see what there was to be seen. Eddies’s offers cod and perch on Fridays, although, as I would find out later, the kitchen is “too small” to batter any of them in house. Bummer.
My 3-piece perch was so-so at best. The fish was actually somewhat flaky, but had the thick coating you come to expect from pre-breaded Sysco-style stuff. At least is still kind of tasted like perch, so it was palatable. Presumably, the $7 2-piece cod or $9 for 3-piece weren’t much better since they were also not made fresh in house.
The bartender billed the fried as “McDonald-style” and as she did a couple diners down the bar were sure to point out there they were superior to the waffle fries in every way. The thin cuts were definitely tasty, but not exactly what I would call McDonald’s-addicting. The freezer-fresh spuds did come in a large quantity however, so much so that they completely obscured a pickle spear which turned out to be a welcome treat once the fries were thinned.
Eddie’s tartar was also presumably Sysco as it had the look of pure mayo, but with a fairly strong relish flavor. It definitely improved the fish, but kind of like a fish stick with Hellman’s, it might suffice, but how good can it really get?
No bread came with the Fish fry so the only remaining item was the finely chopped slaw which was adequate, but not great. I’d give it a solid ‘B’.
Overall, there is just no recommending the Fish Fry at Eddie’s Ale House as it stands. The lack of anything being freshly prepared is just unacceptable, and this is clearly a case of them having fish just to say they do. Oh well, it’s not the end of the world, there are plenty more fish in the sea, as they say. And while we don’t recommend the Fish Fry, the bar itself was awesome, boasting an impressive beer selection and what appeared to be some tasty burgers. We will definitely be back some time, just not on a Friday.
238 E. Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590