Fish Type: Walleye Price: $16.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: I’ve been a proponent of Stalzy’s Fish Fry since day one. The moment I laid lips on that walleye I knew it was something special and something I’d come back for time and again.
Stalzy’s walleye Fish Fry is a ½ pound affair, runs a cool 16 bones, and comes fully loaded. It starts off with a full-fledged relish tray and bread plate. It’s as classic as most supper clubs offer and probably higher quality than theirs. The white and rye breads are baked in-house, and as fresh as they come. A few raw carrots, celery, and radishes share the plate, along with a scaled-back cup of slaw. This revamped slaw is a new and improved vinegar-based blend that is fresh tasting and delicious.
Two hulking walleye fillets follow the apps and look like something out of a storybook. The fat buggers are home to Stalzy’s own dark and crispy breading that some might think looks burned, but believe me it’s not. While the breading doesn’t have a lot of seasoning the crunch of the coating offsets the flaky fish perfectly. It’s a flavor combo that rivals the best out there.
Stalzy’s has improved their potato pancakes over the years and the current cakes are large and in charge. They play mattress to the fish’s comforter and are cooked until the edges are bubbling off the griddle while the centers remain supple. While they don’t have much of the onion flavor traditional PPs are known for, the sour cream and homemade apple sauce on the side make up for it.
Last on the list is some homemade tartar and if you’re like me you’ll need a second cup of the saucy sauce...of course, it didn’t help that my first ramekin was only about ¼ full. The diminutive portion was their only failing, if there was a failing…
Stalzy’s is a deli and as such most people wouldn’t expect much in the way of a Fish Fry, but what people need to realize is that while Stalzy’s may be a deli it’s a deli in Wisconsin. Their Fish Fry is as good as you will find in any tavern or supper club and although it may seem expensive it easily justifies the price with craft and quantity. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and will continue to dine at the deli until we have a reason not to.
2701 Atwood Ave
Madison, WI 53704