Fish Type: Cod Price: $12.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: When people think of the Ale Asylum they think of beer, and that's the way it should be - their beer is good (especially the Bedlam!). Of course, the Asylum also serves food, and while it's not as good as the beer (relatively speaking), their Fish Fry still does a lot of things right.
AA always has a rotating special on Fridays (usually lake perch or bluegill), but this week we went for the every week cod, and think its easily the best thing they've done as far as FF is concerned. The cod goes for a mere $12 and is a steal when you consider the three big pieces on the plate...and if for some reason you're feeling even more glutinous, you can add additional pieces for a buck a pop - that's a $14 5-piece for those mathematicians in the audience.
For some reason the dungeonous brewery is never too busy on Friday nights so it's a prime spot if you have toddlers in tow...especially if those toddlers like fried fish - ours usually does, but wanted pizza (flatbread) this week (which they also have). The cod is home to a light and ultra-crunchy breading that has a decent amount of flavor thanks to the house-brew infused coating. The fish itself was plenty of flaky, but held together for the most part. It was easily better than either freshwater fish we've had previously, and what we'd recommend to newcomers.
The inmates in the kitchen don't get down with French fries, but the inordinate amount of Parmesan potato casserole they plop on the side more than make up for it. These suckers are rich and creamy and boast a crust that would make mom proud. I swear to god there was at least a half pound of them and while most people would have boxed a bunch of them, I didn't take home a single morsel.
Most places (and people) are comfortable with a single style of tartar with their fish, but not this Asylum. No, no! They trot out two varieties - one regular and one spicy...insanity! Both are one the thin side (which is probably due to the Unshadowed hefeweizen (beer) infusion), but the spicy was far too spicy this time - like hard to eat spicy, and the plain had a good balance to level tings off.
Batch Bakery has a great rep in town and it's nice to see them represented at this Fry, but the slab of French on the side was minuscule are best. Sure it was good, but literally, one bite...one. A very nice homemade slaw made up for it somewhat and capped things off without drawing much attention to itself.
The Ale Asylum in roughly in our neighborhood and we're sure glad it is. We spend a decent amount of time at their bar and have made their tasting room one of our favorite Friday fall backs. Overall, we highly recommend the cod FIsh Fry at Ale Asylum and think most people would enjoy it.
2002 Pankratz Street
Madison, WI 53704