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: People think I'm nuts when I tell them about Peg & Doc's. Usually I'm met with the the "oh really" or the "you've got to be kidding me" face when I tell them how good it is. People can't seem to fathom that such a tiny little bar in a tiny little town can have such a big time Fish Fry. Well, non-believers, I'm here to tell you one more time that it's true. Peg & Doc's has a great Fish Fry and it all starts with the fish.
One of the best part about P&D's being (all the way) out in Dane is that most city folk aren't willing to go that far for lunch. Luckily for us, it's just a about a 15 minute jaunt up County V so we avoid most of the riff raff. Plus, since it's so cheap, any money wasted on gas is more than made up for by the superb cod and cheap beer. The quality of any fried cod mostly falls on the batter (or breading in this case) and the this crispy coating takes the cake. There is plenty of seasoning in this stuff, and while it might get a little slick around the edges it stays far from saturated. The flavor is just dead on and while they could skimp with crappy cod, as near as I can tell they get nice fat loins. Sure, the lunch serving is only two pieces, but when you can pack on more for a buck a pop anything goes...it also works great if you have hungry kiddos along who might (or might not) be willing to eat a full piece any given Friday.
The doctor serves up some Villa Tap style fries, which are about as basic as you will find in this day and age. Still, they are marginally better than crinkles, but believe me when I tell you to skip them. The star of the show here are the hash browns with cheese and onion and by god these stars do shine. They are basically perfect in every way, from the crispy (not burned) edges, to the supple interiors, to the meltalicious cheese and slightly sauteed onion. If I had one word of advice regarding these superb spuds it wouldn't be for house, no no, it would be for everyone else: DO THEM LIKE THIS! YOU WILL WIN!
This crew also knows a thing or two about tartar and trot out a bold and creamy blend that serves as the perfect Ginger to the fish's Fred. It waltzes effortlessly with the cod, dipping and twirling its across the palate in a harmonious ballet that leaves you breathless and wanting more. It is so bold, and so glorious and then there is no bread...and I die a little inside.
The last man standing is a surprisingly diverse creamy slaw that strikes a pleasant balance most places can only hope to aspire to.
Part of what make this such a great Fish Fry (beyond the infinitely tasty fish) is the scant $7 price tag. I mean, a value meal at Micky D's costs that much and here in Dane you aren't getting some crap from a box that has sat under a heat lamp for god knows how long. You're getting a hand-prepped meal made just for you, in a real world tavern, from real world folks. What could be better than that? No seriously, that's not a rhetorical question, I really want to know 'cause for the life of me I can't think of anything. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and everything it stands for. If you want some great fish, get out to Dane.
106 Dane Street
Dane, WI 53529