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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $9.75

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Fair
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Poor
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good

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Comment: It had to be done. Of course, I knew it probably wasn’t going to be all that great, but then again, I really didn’t care. When a supper club themed concession stands opens up in the Kohl Center and offers a Fish Fry special on Friday I’m going to be the one to take the bullet. I really wouldn’t have it any other way.

Luckily, I “know a guy” so the tickets to the game were comped which made this brutal Fry a little easier to swallow. $9.75 won’t get you much in the way of Fish Fry regardless of where you go and since it’s the Kohl Center, where prices are high to begin with, it was definitely a bad omen.

As you can probably guess, the fish is cod and it isn’t hand-battered. The freezer fresh fillets are small, and barely a step up from Mrs. Paul’s famous sticks. It was every bit of below average with its chewy texture and thick batter. It basically had no redeeming qualities except for the fact it was available at the Kohl Center.

The waffle fries that come with were the “highlight” of the meal, but even they were pretty lowly. They had a massive amount of salt applied which made them pungent, but also pretty offensive. The tartar was just three packets of “Tartar Sauce” with nary a brand name even. Of course, no bread came along which really didn’t matter much anyway.

As if that wasn’t enough the coleslaw was ultra-funky and almost tasted rancid. While I wouldn’t quite go that far (as I didn’t get sick or anything) it was some of the worst I’ve seen.

While I anticipated it wouldn’t be great I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how bad this Fish Fry really was. It doesn’t even approach something worthy of calling itself supper club fare which is a shame because the stand itself looks pretty cool in comparison to what you normally see. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry and suggest you just get your fish fix before the big game at the Big 10 or one of the other campus area establishments. Sorry, Travel Wisconsin, but it had to be said.
601 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 263-5645