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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $16.00

Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: I knew it was homecoming weekend, but I didn't really care. I was going to get a Fish Fry at Smitty's Study Pub on the top floor of the Fluno Center come hell or high water this Friday. A few adult beverages at various establishments around town cemented those hardheaded plans and after battling through traffic and finding our parking spot I was feeling pretty good about my stubbornness. I'd like to say more about my unwavering attitude and the homecoming crowd, but I'll leave it at that...

Being that the Fluno is a UW conference center and hotel there were plenty of homecoming-related festivities therein. People were buzzing to and fro enjoying libations and hors d'oeuvres, but The Study Pub was pretty accessible when we arrived (it got far busier shortly thereafter). We got a table with a view, and ordered our Fish Fry (which is on the everyday menu but still made fresh). I'd like to say more about places that offer Fish Fry every day, but I think we should just get on with it...

First and foremost, it took a lot longer than you'd expect to get our food since apparently the kitchen was dealing with homecoming snacks in addition to the normal Friday diners. It wasn't a huge deal, and our food didn't suffer, but it was definitely noteworthy. As far as the fish goes, the pieces of cod were very nice. They had a perfect white flake and reasonably light beer batter that gave them just the right finish. A modicum of grease seeped from the loins but didn't soak the batter in any meaningful way. I'd like to say more about it, but the Bloody Mary I had with lunch wants me to keep it to myself...

A bevy of what looked to be fresh-cut fries stacked up pound for pound with the fish and had a nice seasoning to them. They had a near-perfect crunch and offset the creamy fish just right. I'd like to say more about them, but the 3 pints of Pulp Culture I had at Working Draft after lunch won't let me...

The tartar was right on the money and the coleslaw was super creamy and clung together well finishing with just the slightest hint of horseradish. Both were seriously excellent. I'd like to say more about these additions, but the Moon Man I had with dinner stole any remaining thoughts on the subject...

A full slice of rye was cut diagonally and set on top of the fish so as not to get greasy. I'd like to say more about the starch but it's just bread after all, and since I already had a nice buzz going there's nothing really left to say anyway...

As a UW Alum I should probably be more enthusiastic about homecoming weekend, but since I still live here it just doesn't seem to have the same appeal. Hell, I can go to campus whenever I damn well please so it's usually just easier to avoid the crowds that funnel in to relive their glory days. I will say, now that we have a 4 year old the parade was a welcome surprise and we'll probably make plans to attend it from now on. As far as Smitty's goes, the establishment was great and this is easily the best UW-affiliated Fish Fry we've had to date. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry, and almost highly so. I'd like to say more, but when you say: Wisconsin, you've said it all...



fluno.com/smittys-study-pub.php
601 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53715

(877) 773-5866