Fish Type: Walleye Price: $15.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: It only seems fitting that our first Fish Fry of 2019 was at the Ale Asylum. Not only does the AA fall at the top alphabetically, but they've been putting on quite a show since the later half of 2018. Their Fish Fry has gone from merely solid to one of the best the Madison area has to offer. It's been an impressive improvement in such a short period of time, and we figured we'd keep that momentum rolling to kick off the new year.
We were very early this Friday and things were sloooooow in the Asylum. Very few inmates were in their cells at 4:30 which basically gave us free reign of the place and we took full advantage of that fact. AA used to just have cod and a rotating cast of characters on Fridays, but they recently expanded the menu and now have cod, lake perch, bluegill, and walleye each and every Friday! We've sampled them all on previous visits except for the walleye; so I bet you can guess what we did this time around...
The walleye goes for $15 which, if you eat walleye often, you know is incredibly cheap for the lord of the lake. Fittingly, the fillet is relatively petite, which is still more than fair for that price. The 6-8 ounce chunk was 100% boneless and layered with the heavily-seasoned yet light and crispy breading that has become the AA's calling card. It was really superb, with the only downside being that there wasn't another 6 ounces to love.
Like the fish, the fries at the nut house are nutty good, and share an equally insane amount of seasoning. I'm have no idea what is in the mix of spices, but by god, it's crazy good. It hits every flavor receptor known to man and makes a basic French fry ballistic.
Further enhancement is found in the form of two uniquely different kinds of beer-infused tartar sauces. That's right..two kinds! The first is the spicy, which seemed less spicy than it has in the past, and the second is the regular, which seemed slightly less regular that it has in the past. Regardless, they were both scrumptious, and we were dipping anything and everything in them, draining both cups in the process.
AA still gives you some bread with their fish (thank god), and while the two teeny flat breads were just so-so at least they were there. The hefeweizen slaw was also there, and nowhere near as runny as we remembered. It had an excellent sweet/zippy dichotomy going on which fell in line with the rest of the flavors from the fish to the fries and the tartars.
If this first Fish Fry is any indication, 2019 is going to be one hell of a year. Everything about this one was top notch and you can see exactly what they've done to make it so. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and are finding it harder and harder to justify going elsewhere when the Ale Asylum is so good and so close to home.
2002 Pankratz Street
Madison, WI 53704