Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $14.00
Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: "From scratch pub grub." That sounds nice doesn't it? You have to appreciate a bar that is willing to go the extra mile and make food from scratch rather than just pulling brown bags from a freezer and dumping their contents into boiling oil. Daly's Bar & Grill in Sun Prairie is one of the few to justifiably make that claim.
On Friday Daly's from scratch menu expands to include a Fish Fry and we previously sampled the cod, which was very tasty. We figured the lake perch would follow suit so we followed up a weeks after to see what was in the cards. The perch runs $13.99 and is made up of three to four fillets. Unfortunately, this perch wasn't the genuine yellow perch that is the hallmark of the traditional Fish Fry, but it was still quite tasty.
It was a slow Friday noon hour and my fish fried in no time. The "lake perch" shared the same batter as the cod and it works about equally well on the skinny fillets...although I'd definitely lean cod next time. The purported Zander fillets have a different taste than yellow perch, which isn't bad or greasy, just kind of bland. There's nothing unique about it like you find with real freshwater yellow perch, but it certainly gets the job done.
On our maiden voyage we went after the waffle fries since they are usually the variety that gets some sort of special seasoning. Daly's turns things on their head however, and they slather the regular fries in signature spices instead so we knew to go that route this time around. These superb spuds have a great crunch and come in a princely portion lets you munch until your heart's content.
Since the fish was lacking a little something I had no qualms about bathing it in Daly's bold tartar sauce. I went heavy and in reality could probably have used another cup but managed to ration what I was given effectively. No bread come with lunch which for me a is a bummer regardless of the time of day.
Last on the list was a cup of creamy coleslaw which looked to be homemade. I definitely caught a glimpse of lettuce in there which the food service slaws don't tend to have.
Word on the street is that this is one of the best Fish Frys in the Madison area, and while I can't quite go that far, it is really solid. While I'd personally say the cod is fins and gills above the perch I'd say both are worth your time. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and feel like we'll dive into Daly's whenever we have an itch to scratch.
1086 Emerald Terrace
Sun Prairie, WI 53590