Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $16.00
Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Fair|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Fair
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I had a plan this Friday. We were going to meet some family members and take the drive to the Ding-a-ling Supper Club. The Ding-a-ling has been on my list for seemingly ever, and I was pumped - it was finally happening! Until...it wasn't. Something came up and they backed out at the last minute. I scrambled to come up with a sufficient alternative - The Fish Finder pointed to Angelo's in Monona, and off we went...we pulled up only to be greeted by a note on the door stating they were remodeling and the kitchen would be closed until sometime in July! Ugh. It was 5:00, the witching hour when you have a five year old, and I panicked. The wife was famished and didn't want to drive so we chose the next closest place with a Fish Fry - Waypoint.
Truth be told, I'd had a couple decent Fish Frys at Waypoint so I wasn't too worried, but wasn't really confident in that decision either. Turns out Waypoint has totally lost their way. They still have cod, lake perch, and walleye on the menu, and the $16 perch piqued my interest, but as soon as I saw the plate any optimism quickly faded. The five fillets looked hastily scattered on the plate, and were lukewarm at best. While they were real lake perch, their soft, flaky texture was buried under an unpleasantly hard and crunchy breading. This crumbly tomb was supposedly "Cajun" style, but it had no spice, no flair, no flavor whatsoever.
Looking almost equally unappetizing was the smattering of fries on the side. They were skin-on, but not cut in-house, and so scarce that they were gone in an instant. A thin ranch-like tartar didn't do a lick to help matters, while the lack of bread, and pathetic little scoop of watery slaw only sealed their fate.
It's funny how fast a night can turn from potentially legendary to pathetically lame, but it's bound to happen once in a while. The $16 lake perch was a huge bust and everyone was pretty unhappy with the night. Overall, we don't recommend this Fish Fry and probably won't be back to Waypoint until we hear they've changed direction.
320 West Broadway
Monona, WI 53716