Fish Type: Haddock Price: $14.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: Stalzy's walleye has been a known commodity for some time now. It's easily some of the best freshwater fish in the city and comes complete with all the trimmings - rye bread AND a legit relish tray among them. When they branched out and added lake perch to the lineup a couple years ago we were intrigued, but also a little surprised since the specialty walleye seemed like more that enough. It turns out the beer battered perch was indeed interesting, but didn't hit the same notes the walleye struck. It was recently phased out in favor of beer battered haddock which was definitely the right move on their part.
The leathery beer batter works infinitely better on the haddock than it did on the perch, since there is so much more meat to offset substantial seasoning - the perch was basically lost underneath it. This stuff has a pungent pepper flavor that rules the roost with and holds the flaky fish together extremely well. Like the walleye and the perch before it, the portion is generous and well worth the $14 cost of admission.
Two potato pancakes form a starchy substrate for the fish and are as king sized as they come. They featured an idyllic dark brown crust and lightly charred flavor. They are some of the only latkes in the town and pair perfectly with either the accompanying apple sauce or sour cream spreaders.
If there is any detractor to this Fish Fry it would be that the homemade tartar is on the thin side, but that is pretty petty. This stuff gets the job done, and takes the fish up a tiny notch. The homemade slaw also plays its role without much acclaim, and just does what is supposed to do.
While we always felt the walleye was more than adequate as their Friday special, we're pretty pleased with Stalzy's haddock as well. It is actually different enough that it provides a totally unique offering for those who may not like the taste of freshwater fish, unlike the perch. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think it was a wise change for the deli to make.
2701 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704