Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $15.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: The gyros at Athens Grill are the stuff of legend. Started at Parthenon on State Street, moved to a gas station in the town of Westport, and now in their own fancy building next door to said gas station; they're survivors and those who eat them (myself included) swear by them. Of course, this isn't a gyro blog, this is a Fish Fry review site and Fish Fry is exactly the directions the new Athens Grill is moving in.
It could just be a one-off kind of thing (so don't get too excited) but the last two weeks in June Athens has advertised a $15 wild caught lake perch or $11 2-piece cod. Both fish share the same beer batter which can be a death sentence for perch, but this one was light and had a tremendous flavor. While it was too spicy for the little one, I loved it and only wished I'd had more of it. The benevolent coating didn't overpower the perch and didn't get greasy. The only drawback was the 4-piece portion - one of which got dolled out to the kid so I only got three. Conversely, the cod loins were fat and meaty and partied just as hard with the beer batter and were probably a better deal all things considered.
Athens Fish Fry fries are the same fries you get with a gyro. The thick Julienne cuts are pillowy soft and the portion doesn't leave you wanting. Gyro shops specialize in tzatziki so you'd think they'd know sauces in general and the tartar was a good one. It was ultra thick and creamy with a pleasant pop that was enjoyed by all. There was some good chunkage in there so I'd have to say it was made special just for the Fish Fry.
A big plastic container of vinegar-based slaw with a Mediterranean flair took precedence over the basket with big old chunks of carrots and peppers. It was decent, but in all honesty I'd prefer a generic creamy slaw any day. There was also no bread which I guess must not be a Greek thing. Pita?
The new Athens Grill is surprisingly upscale, with a nice bar a huge seating area. They even have a fancy coffee siphon and menu that goes far beyond gyros so a Friday Fish Fry seemingly fits right in. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and only hope it becomes an every week thing. For us it's close, it's tasty, it's very appealing.
5430 Willow Road
Waunakee, WI 53597