Fish Type: Pike-Perch Price: $10.00
Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Fair|
Potato Score: Fair
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: We want the Funk. Give up the Funk. We want the Funk. Gotta have that…wait, on second thought, nevermind, you can have the Funk…their Fish Fry anyway.
Funk’s Pub was once Naminio’s (which we never went to) and before that Byrd’s (which we did go to). Byrd’s was nothing special fish-wise and sadly, Funk’s isn’t either. While Funk’s fish does show some promise the execution is lacking. Cod and “perch” are both on special on Friday and since I clarified that it was indeed “lake perch” that’s what I ordered. It was a lie, although not necessarily a bold faced one.
Funk’s $10 perch is one of the yellow perch imposters, most likely Zander or pike-perch. The entire order is comprised of one, count ‘em one, piece of fish (and it isn’t even a big one). The solo swimmer came fast, and was freshly fried (props to the kitchen), but that’s about where it ends. In all fairness, the lone ranger was actually good, despite the fact it wasn’t true lake perch. It was a couple ounces at most, light and flaky with a surprisingly tasty batter, but way too skimpy for any real Fish Fry fan.
The fries were the standard freezer jobs and just fine, although slightly under-fried. The tartar was a bright spot with a thick texture and zippy taste. It looked homemade and was really impressive, if only there was more fish to enjoy it with.
A sweet and crusty roll added some much needed substance while a raw tasting slaw lacked a binding agent to really bring it together. It just wasn’t appealing.
A 1-piece Fish Fry isn’t going to cut the mustard anywhere unless you’re talking walleye, and the perch at Funk’s is no walleye. Despite the fact the fish tasted decent and the sides were respectable the portion was just far too small regardless of the price. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry and don’t see ourselves coming back for it at this time.
5956 Executive Dr #101
Fitchburg, WI 53719