Fish Type: Cod Price: $15.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Athens Grill is pretty close to home, and since it's pretty reasonably priced and also pretty tasty we've been finding ourselves gravitating towards it more and more. In October I was under the weather and had my wife bring me a carryout (since it's so close that is wouldn't get gross on the short drive), then in early December we ate in-house (again) and loved it.
You might think Athens is just a gyro place based on their legacy, but don't undersell this one. Of course the gyros are still great, but they have much more than the Greek delights on their menu including: a full bar with top-shelf liquor and a carryout cooler with great beers. The Friday Fish Fry is also legit featuring both the standard cod and real deal lake perch. We've been sticking to the cod on our last couple visits and while both were far different, both were good experiences. The October take-out with transit time in a concealed environment did "soften" the fish somewhat, but the batter held up well and still tasted exceptional. Same goes for the in-house December visit - nice batter, good flavor, not too thick, not too thin, great flavor. Apparently this fish is exceptionally hearty.
There aren't bunch of sides to choose from, but you probably wouldn't want anything besides the classic gyro-fry French fries anyway (if you've had a late night State Street gyro-fry you know what I speak of). The Greeks know their (Tzatziki) sauce and apparently tartar falls well within that wheelhouse. This one is rich and creamy, and the perfect accompaniment to the bold cod.
A basic bun and a vinegar-based, lip-puckering slaw come along for the ride and do little more than they are expected to, but that's just fine.
If you've been to Athens for a gyro, good for you - they're yummy. If you've been there for Friday Fish Fry, even better for you. It's every bit as yummy and one we feel good about going to any Friday. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and are extremely happy to have them (back) in the neighborhood.
5430 Willow Road
Waunakee, WI 53597