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Fish Type: Lake Perch     Price: $16.00

Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Excellent
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good

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Comment: LJ's Sports Tavern and Grill has a really good Fish Fry, yet they are never very busy on Friday nights. I can't quite put my finger on why that is, but I guess it's fine with me since it allows us to get the goods without ever having to wait. It's been totally great.

LJ's Fish Fry is essentially a carbon copy of the Esquire Club, just served in more modern surroundings. They have the same AYCE ocean perch, the same cod, and the same lake perch (which is what I had this Friday). Just like his Dad, LJ breads his lake perch with a light and crispy coating that actually has some seasoning. He also fries them just right so no grease gets trapped and nothing gets soggy. This round I got six fillets (I think I may have gotten a bonus piece since the kitchen misplaced my order among the 6 from our table), and each was a little piece of joy. This is the real yellow perch and it's really delicious. I'm not sure what else I need to say about it at this point.

The sides at the East Wash eatery are pretty basic, but take my word when I tell you, the cottage fries are a step up from crinkles (personal experience), and light years better than the au gratins (at least according to my buddy Miah). The old man's big, bold supper club tartar sauce also made it's way to Jr's establishment and really drives the perch home.

Rounding out this consummate Fish Fry is plenty of soft and stanky rye and some standard supper clubby slaw. The rye had me rolling, and the slaw did it's part although it hardly lived up to the fancy plastic up it was served in.

If there is one thing I know, Madison catches on to greatness quickly so I'm not sure what is taking the town so long to warm up to LJ's. I've yet to have bad fish there and am sort of dumbfounded that we get in and out unscathed each and every time. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry, and will keep coming around when we want great fish without the hassle.
8 N Paterson Street
Madison, WI 53703