Fish Type: Walleye Price: $16.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: When Stalzy's burst onto the scene half a decade ago their $16 walleye Fish Fry seemed exorbitant to some, but we thought differently. After all, this wasn't just some fish-n-chips affair; Stalzy's Fry was the full meal deal - complete with a relish tray! And it's still just $16!
Everything at Stalzy's is made in-house and it starts with said relish tray. Some pickled veg, a couple carrots, a few sticks of celery, and a trio of radishes make it up and sit alongside a bevy of freshly baked breads. It's a impressive starter and more than a lot of supper clubs even offer in this day and age. Some of the best slaw out there comes along too with a cool and creamy balance that most slaws can't strike.
Before you can get all the way through the the relish the fish is bound to show up and it's an impressive sight to behold. A big old heap of freshwater fillets usually sit criss-crossed on each other after being split into pan-friendly portions. These monsters are home to an ultra-crispy breading that has enough seasoning to be noticed, but relies mostly upon its texture. The bulk of the flavor comes from the fish and these numbers are as flaky and flavorful as all get out.
Stalzy's is one of the only places in town with potato pancakes so even though they are also one of the only places in town with German potato salad the 'cakes always take precedence. Two huge suckers were splayed across the bottom of the plate and served as a makeshift mattress for the weary walleye. They had a sort of odd sweetness about them which was nothing off-putting but not the onion-y blast we prefer in our pancakes. Luckily, the sour cream and homemade apple sauce on the side did the trick.
Way too little tartar came for such a massive portion of fish, but more arrived immediately upon request. This house blend is on the thin side, but really diverse and gives the fish a slight bump in the savory department.
It's puzzling to me how this Fish Fry is still seemingly under the radar. Perhaps it's because they don't have the standard cod - walleye and lake perch only, or the fact that none of it is deep fried? Regardless, this is one to be reckoned with and one we'll keep coming back to time and again. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think Stalzy's is one delicious deli.
2701 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704