Fish Type: Cod (AYCE) Price: $14.50
Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Fair|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Poor
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
As a UW grad I love the college bars (regardless of how old I get). Regent Street is home to many-a great college bar and as such it draws folks like me like a moth to a bug zapper. A new Fish Fry makes these bars ever more alluring and when I read about the fish at the new Sconnie Bar I ran right over there.
Sconnie used to be Lucky’s and before the Leudke’s OakCrest, both of which I “frequented” back in the day. The latest incarnation has a cod special on Fridays which cost us $16.50 for a 4-piece (the regular portion is either a $12.50 or $13.50 3-piece which either way isn’t worth it).
We came for lunch this Friday and the fish took a surprisingly long time despite the fact the place wasn’t busy at all. Regardless, it all arrived in good shape and was plenty hot. The pieces of cod were large, and while they were supposedly home to a Spotted Cow beer batter, it looked like more of a breading to me. Either way, the crust didn’t have much flavor and was overly crisp. Furthermore, the fish was greasy and just sort of missed the mark in general. It just didn’t have it.
A boatload of fries came sat in with their skins intact. The thick spuds were pretty good all things considered but still just cooked-to-order freezer fries. Basic.
While the fries were average, and the fish below, the tartar fell through the floor. This stuff was atrocious, and I don’t use that term lightly. It had a skunky flavor that actually made the fish worse. There was a ton of dill and a whole bunch of other stuff that just didn’t gel. There is a chance that it was made in-house, but I sincerely hope not.
The highlight of the meal was most definitely they real pumpernickel rye, which is certainly saying something. Bread should never be the highlight… The slaw was just Sysco (I think) which is a creamy variety with a subtle hint of horseradish. Meh.
Fish Fry aside, the Sconnie Bar is actually really nice. They cleaned up the dingy old Lucky’s nicely and I wouldn’t hesitate to watch a game there…the Fish Fry on the other hand leaves much to be desired. Overall, we don’t recommend this Fish Fry and think you’d be wise to simply saunter on down the street to the Big 10 or the new Lucky’s 1313.
1421 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53711