Fish Type: Cod Price: $14.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: It goes without saying that there are no shortage of Fish Fry options in the Madison area. However, when you filter out those places that not only have good fish, but also have a great craft beer selection, the list narrows significantly. You're basically left with a handful places with one of them being Longtable in Middleton.
I'm fully on-board with the craft beer craze and as such I'm admittedly likely a little biased towards Longtable. They have arguably the best beer cooler/selection in the area, and when they started offering a Fish Fry every day of the week I jumped at the chance to not only try it, but imbibe in some fine brews. Since that first visit I've been back a couple more times - once with friends, and once by myself to put pen to paper. The fish part of the Longtable Fish Fry is cod, and on our maiden voyage the portion was massive. On both subsequent trials it was dialed way back, but still substantive thanks to a hefty beer batter. This is good cod, not great, but right in the wheelhouse of what most people want/expect. The batter is thick and rich, does not harbor grease, and takes the focus of the actual fish. The fish itself retains its flakiness after frying and is clearly of high quality.
Longtable and their sister restaurant Brasserie V feature what are undoubtedly some of the best frites (Belgian-style French fries) this side of the Atlantic. These superb spuds come with a duo of dipping sauces whether served with a meal or ordered solo. We've sampled several of their house aiolis, the chipotle, cilantro-lime, and Mustard Museum among them, and found them all to be succulent and balanced.
Of course, if you want to make the most of the Fish Fry you'd be wise to substitute their house tartar for one of the fancy aiolis. The tartar is an aioli unto itself, but is incredibly thick and creamy and actually goes toe-to-toe with the brawny batter on the cod.
Disappointingly there is no bread served along with the Longtable fish, but a house slaw does make an appearance - although an unmemorable one.
The Longtable Fish Fry is available 7 days a week, and comes in at a relatively reasonable $14 which is nice because you're probably going to need a few extra bucks if you want a beer from their expansive cooler. Many of the crafts are upwards of $9 which isn't exactly chump change. Of course, these big beers usually come with an ABV twice that of a normal beer so for me it's sort of a wash. As far as the Fish Fry goes, I like it, but don't love it. The fish is fine, the frites and aiolis are superb, but the slaw is just so-so. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry, but highly recommend Longtable itself if for nothing more than the beers, fries, and sauces.
7545 Hubbard Ave
Middleton, WI 53562