Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $20.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Don't hate me, but I'm not a huge fan of Irish Pubs. Sure, the camaraderie is great, but in general the beers, ambiance, and food miss me. Also the fish-n-chips is usually one huge fillet of cod (or maybe haddock) with a beer batter that is either - A) devoid of flavor, or B) a soggy donut. It's just not my scene, but there is always the exception to any rule and maybe County Clare is it for Irish Pubs???
County Clare is in Milwaukee and beyond the typical fish-n-chips they also offer a $20 lake perch on Friday. Milwaukee is known as the perch capital and CC wasn't messing around with their four butterflies. In all honesty, I was just thankful to have an option besides the Irish Pub style cod so maybe I thought more of it than I should have?
To be fair, while the beer batter on CC's perch isn't thin, it remained light and had a pleasant flavor to it. Since it was so rich and creamy the perch was basically lost underneath it which it's wont to do. Still, the overall sensation was a good one, but like I say, maybe I thought more of it than I should have since it was wasn't the anticipated huge cod fillet?
For $20 I expected them to pile on the fries but it wasn't meant to be. This gang of steak fries was on the small side and got devoured long before the fish ran out. They were pretty standard as far as fat-cut fries go and not quite to the lofty level established by our beloved Toby's.
The tartar was drippy and not all that memorable beyond that, while the slaw was creamy and did it's duty, but the star of this trio was the rye. It was soft, dank, and plush. Simply stellar and the exact bread choice I would love every Fish Fry to have. We'd all be better for it if they did.
In all honesty, I would never have sought out County Clare but we were in town for a show and decided to kill two birds with one stone by not only eating at the restaurant, but crashing and the B&B. It turned out to be a genius move and despite the fact the meal was spendy we were on a mini vacation so who really gives a damn? Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and would probably come back if we lived anywhere near Milwaukee. As it stands, we probably won't since we don't, but who knows? Maybe another Friday night concert is in our future?
1234 N Astor Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202