Fish Type: Cod Price: $13.00
Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I never expected greatness from Monk’s Bar & Grill’s Fish Fry but the same can’t be said of the 2014-15 Wisconsin Men’s Basketball team. These guys have been great all year and when the Big 10 Tourney rolled around I figured they’d dominate the competition and I went to Monk’s with some coworkers to see them do just that. They struggled with a scrappy Michigan team from the opening tip, and unfortunately the Fish Fry did the same.
In the end Bucky recovered and closed things out strong as a couple key contributors really stepped up – there were no such heroes for the food. The cod is available as a 2-piece for $12 or 3-piece for $13 and features a light beer batter. The coating is flaky, but that’s about where it ends. It’s devoid of flavor and home to a notable amount grease. It was wispy and crispy and nearly fried to the point where it fizzled off…fortunately it was pulled at just the last moment. The portion was generous and likely totaled 8-10 ounces, so that’s a plus I guess.
Lots of battered fries bounced around the basket and we’re not bad at all. While I expected a little more seasoning from their appearance it never manifested. Some middle of the road tartar was completely necessary and absorbed by the brutish fish. The single cup failed to go shot for shot and ran short while the cod still had plenty of legs.
Like most everything else at Monk’s the coleslaw needed a good kick in the pants. It was pretty uninspired; creamy but not creamy enough, fresh but not fresh enough, decent but not good enough. Not serving bread with a Fish Fry is the equivalent of missing am open layup and Monk’s needs a little work around the rim.
The 2014-15 Badgers are an impressive team and proved it today against Michigan. Much like a great Fish Fry each guy knows his roll and contributes in his own way. Monk’s Fish Fry was more like Michigan – some decent parts but far from a championship contender. Overall, we don’t’ recommend this Fish Fry and will probably get a burger next time we come back to Monk’s – even if it’s on a Friday…
2832 Prairie Lakes Drive
Sun Prairie, WI 53562