Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $16.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: It was yearly employee review time, and when my supervisor said: "Are you available Friday? We could go get fish somewhere." I was like, yes, yes I am...
Since he knows my predilection for Fish Frys he let me pick the place and since I wasn't planning on going back to work afterward I suggested Off Broadway so I could stick around a have a few beers. OBD also has more then just cod on Friday and I figured he might want some variety, and to that end I was correct. Since I knew all the fish come beer battered (save for the pan-seared walleye) I stuck with the $14 cod although bluegill and lake perch always tug at my heartstrings a little. As expected this cod is really good. While there are only two pieces to the portion they are chunkers. The thick, juicy loins play nicely with the beer batter which itself is surprisingly light and crumbly. In all honesty, pieces of the batter actually fell off in parts, and the fish a slightly slick at times, but overall it played the part well and I absolutely destroyed them despite talking shop the whole time.
Any place that is willing to do the work and make house-cut fries instead of the alternative is going to receive high praise from me and OBD answers the call. These frites are right on the money, double fried and double delicious. They are some of the better fries you'll find in town, and very much like you'd find in Belgium, only more democratic.
Off Broadway goes off-script with a homemade tartar and the cod soaked up the thick and zippy emulsion with ease. In actuality, some of the falling apart of the fish I mentioned earlier can be attributed to the clingy sauce which at times pulled the loosely adhered batter right off...like the Kraken taking down a ship many a cod flake was lost to an ooey, gooey, and oh so delicious, saucy grave. mmmm mmmm mmmm
Like most everything else associated with this Fry the slaw was homemade and creamy. It was right on the money and I can't for the life of me think that anyone would complain about this stuff. A crusty little bread sphere was a step above the basic bun and finished things off in a traditional fashion.
This Fish Fry was so good I actually returned a few weeks later with my four year old in tow. He devoured their kid's quesadilla and I perused the perch which, while beer battered, was still quite intriguing. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and the OBD in general. It's a great spot, with great food, and great beer. It's basically the total package.
5404 Raywood Road
Madison, WI 53713