Fish Type: Cod Price: $12.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: As soon as I stepped into Daly's I knew I'd been there before. Everything just looked too familiar - the bar, the elevated dining space, the claw machine...I knew I'd seen it all at some point, then it hit me. This place used to be JB's Italian Grill, and the Fish Fry was not good (to put it politely). A cold shiver ran down my spine as memories of that fish raced through my brain. The idea crossed my mind to just sit at the bar, order a drink and head elsewhere for lunch, but I thought better of that (partially due to the fact I had a four year old with me). It wouldn't have been fair to Daly's either. They weren't JB's after all, they had their own take on "made from scratch bar food", and they deserved a shot. It turns out I'm glad I gave it to them.
Daly's has an expansive Friday dinner menu, but boils it down during the lunch hour. On the phone I was told there was just cod, but when I was there perch was also listed, so I'm not sure what is what. Regardless, I was here for the cod so the $12 3-piece is what I ordered. Since it was slow the fish fried quickly and hit the table in record time. Three roughly four ounce pieces of cod came coated in a standard beer batter. A little grease leaked from the loins, but really just slicked things up without making a mush. The cod was pure white and very flaky which is just a way of saying it appeared to be high quality. The beer batter was pretty light all things considered and while it didn't have a unique flavor, there was something there. Overall, it was good, solid cod, and I plowed down all three pieces without issue.
In addition to a plethora of fish to choose from (at least for dinner), Daly's has an extensive list of sides to pick from and we sampled the waffle fries and regular (matchstick) variety. Now, usually waffle fries get the seasoning and the regular are well...regular, but Daly's flipped the script and seasoned the matchsticks and left the waffles wanting. There were loads of both so there's no complains portion-wise, but the seasoning on the sticks shot them far beyond the crunchy lattices and we would lean towards them in the future. The list of other options was too varied to remember in its entirety although the Parmesan somethingerother and the sweet potato style stuck in our minds.
Some bold and thick tartar soothed the savage cod and between it and the lavishly portioned fries drained my cup and the one that came with the kid's fish. It was definitely the good stuff.
A nice batch of slaw also found the fat part of the plate, and while it didn't have the stank we yearn for it was pure creamy goodness. The only real shortcoming to this lunch time Fry was the lack of bread, although there were a couple butter packets on the plate which made me wonder if it was supposed to be there and jut got overlooked. When I inquired as to whey I had butter with no bread I was told they give you those because some people like to put butter on their fish...huh? Exsqueeze me? That can't be right...
I've heard through the grapevine (which is 2018 means facebook) that Daly's is quickly becoming a local favorite in Sunny P and they fill up fast on Friday nights. While the place was pretty dead at noon (it was just one table of old ladies, a few patrons trickling into and out of the bar, and us) I wouldn't doubt they pack them in come dinner time. Good word about good fish tends to travel fast and SP is clearly listening. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry, and will likely come back during dinner time and see if the rumors are true.
1086 Emerald Terrace
Sun Prairie, WI 53590