Fish Type: Cod Price: $8.00
Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Madison Fish Fry grew up in a dry town, that is, free-flowing booze is a no-no. Yes, you can get a drink, but you’d better be prepared to hang around the Vets at the VFW, or on the bar side of your local supper club to get it. Bars simply do not exist, not even clean, well-kept ones like Monte’s Pub and Grill in Verona. Damned city ordinances…
We can only imagine how a place like Monte’s would do back home, but presume it would be an unrivaled success. Our crew of four showed up just a bit after the noon hour and, a plucked the first 4-person high-top table we saw. On Friday the lunch special at Monte’s consists of a 2-piece fish complete with all the standard trimmings. Once the sole waitress came by and grabbed our order, it took 15 minutes longer for the eight dollar platters show up.
At first site, the cod looked very good. At first bite these suspicions were confirmed. The fish was light, and surprisingly flaky, but did get pretty greasy the longer it sat. The grease wasn’t overpowering, and didn’t ruin the fish, but did leave a sheen on the plate that glistened in the Verona afternoon sunlight that poured through the mini-mall windows. The amount of grease that accumulated was somewhat surprising since the breading on fish was light and flaky, which usually means less of the undesirable ooze. Thankfully the breading also had a little extra spice which counteracted the overactive oil, and made for a pleasurable experience.
A run-of-the-mill small-town sports bar should have fries to match, and Monte’s spuds fit that mold to a ‘T’. Likewise, the thick and creamy tartar was par for the course, and helped overcome the grease the cod kicked up. A raw tasting side of slaw boasted a ton of horseradish which perked it up, but by and large fell on deaf ears. While a little plain dinner roll played through, and came away no worse for the wear. Fries, tartar, slaw, and rolls: all acceptable, none outstanding.
It turns out that Monte’s is a nice small-town sports bar, which it also turns out, is just what MFF’s hometown needs. This is a simple no-nonsense Fish Fry which covers all its bases, but leaves room for improvement. Overall, we’re willing to recommend it at this time, and would come back again.
608A West Verona Avenue
Verona, WI 53593