Fish Type: Cod Price: $15.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: The Avenue is baaaaaack! Well, maybe not all the way back to their heyday back, but back for all intents and purposes they are. The Food Fight group has revamped the Avenue and have a Fish Fry focus the former owners can be proud of.
Both the cod and the walleye have the same Spotted Cow beer batter and as you might expect it works better on the cod. The pieces of cod are relatively large and as flaky as you'd like. It pairs perfectly with the rich batter producing a near-perfect flavor.
A decent amount of battered fries come buried beneath the fish and can almost be heard gasping for air from underneath the chunky fillets. Despite their lack of air, they remarkably retain a super-crunchy skin. Like the fish, they pair well with the Avenue's amazing homemade aioli-style tartar. This sublime sauce has some serious sweetness and a perfect consistency. I could probably just drink it like water and dip anything and everything in it...fish, fries, fingers, you name it.
A small slab of dense rye on the side tugs at the heartstrings and lets you know the AC&BUB really cares about their Fish Fry in an old school kind of way. The slaw further proves that point as the homemade mix had a real punch that offset the stanky starch just right.
There was a day the Avenue boasted the best Fish Fry in Madison, no ifs ands or buts about it. Those days have come and gone, but they Avenue of 2016 is doing all they can to reclaim that throne. From real rye to a legit beer batter they are firing on all cylinders and staking their claim to their former throne. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and are glad to see the Avenue back on the road to success.
1128 E Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703