Fish Type: Cod Price: $7.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I've said it before and I'll probably say it again...this is the "best deal in Fish Fry" hands down. If you're willing to take a drive that is...
You see, Peg & Doc's is all the way out in Dane (yes there is actually a town called Dane in Dane County), so the distance might look daunting to some. Dane is only about 15 minutes from my house on the North Side, but if you live downtown it might seem like too far to drive for for a small town tavern Fish Fry. Believe me when I say it's not. The list of the Friday lunch specials at P&D's is brief, they basically only have fried cod or a southwest baked version, but both versions come in at a scant $7, which is almost unheard of for any made-to-order meal in 2019...more or less a full fledged Fish Fry!
The two pieces of fried cod aren't the largest you will find, but at $7 they don't have to be. The duo is draped in a very light with a delightfully crunchy breading. It's not really thick, but sports a KFC-like extra crispy texture. What's more, it actually has a good amount of seasoning which paints an elaborate flavor mural on the cod canvas. This is just good stuff, and if I'd had my wits about me I'd have tacked on a third piece for another couple beans.
While the cod is exemplary, the hash browns with cheese and onion are quite literally some of the best that have ever graced these lips. They are exceptionally crisp on the edges, slick and smooth on the inside, and dusted with some sort of nondescript seasoning. They are expertly done and when pinged as to how such greatness as achieved the answer given by the cook was simply: "patience." Good enough for me.
Big squeeze bottles of thick tartar are there for the taking which means portioning is a non-issue. I gleefully slathered the sauce on each and every bite of the well-seasoned fish which likely resulted in me eating just as much tartar as actual meat. I'm a fiend when it comes to sauces like this and I have no problem admitting it.
Rounding things out was a 4 oz cup of creamy coleslaw that actually had a little life to it. Sure, it may have just been Sysco, but my taste buds tell me otherwise. There was no roll, and for $7 I didn't expect there to be. They're on the salad bar at dinner time so if you've gotta have the starch you might want to wait and swing in after 4pm.
Proclamations are meant to be bold and when I claimed this was the “best deal in Fish Fry” I meant it. When a GOOD Fish Fry costs less than a Value Meal at Micky D's you know it's a true deal. Of course, they also have cheap 10 oz beers, and with a couple mugs and a tip I was out the door for $14...now that's what I call real value. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish fry and I all I can say is small town bars are where it’s at!
106 Dane Street
Dane, WI 53529