Fish Type: Cod Price: $15.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I feel like Buck & Honey's Fish Fry is a known commodity at this point - it's basically the gold of the Fish Fry world. Sure, the preparation might fluctuate slightly from year to year (or Friday to Friday for that matter), but by and large it holds it's value and is going to continue to do so. Those who love it are going to keep on loving it, and those who think it's overrated at least have to appreciate it's utility. It's a rock solid investment to be sure.
Of course the gold I refer to is their $15 cod, and while there are all sorts of other the swanky options, I tend to stick to the hard stuff. These loins are home to a fantastic beer batter that is polished with plenty of seasoning (and it shows). Yes, even the shiniest nuggets can have a blemish or two - mine leaked a modicum of grease this Friday - but those scuffs are easily buffed out by simply giving each piece a flip about half way through. It's a surefire method to minimize the damage and ensure the patina really shines.
Gold is usually accentuated by other precious metals, and the silver lining in this Fish Fry are the cheesy hash browns. The gleaming square of squishy spuds is simply superb week in and week out, and I ate it so fast this time around that I hardly even had time to take stock in how good it really was. Playing the role of platinum is a thick supper club style tartar, and while it was a little sparse, that's partially what makes it so desirable. It must be rationed and never so much that is steals the gold's luster.
The iridium of the Fish Fry world has to be coleslaw, and while it's not particularly flashy it's an essential element of the meal. This slaw is minimally processed giving it a raw and powerful feel. Slightly creamy and slightly acidic, it strikes a smart balance that can withstand the heat and any scrutiny thrown at it.
Bread has fallen from grace in the modern age and is kind of the copper of the Fish Fry. It's not precious to most, and while I for one still love its shine, a lot of people don't consider it essential like I do. Buck & Honey's split-top sphere is a step up from a basic bun, and like the Bronze Age, taken for granted in the computer age.
Beyond its obvious beauty, gold has innumerable industrial and commercial uses and thus will continue to be sought after by mankind...much like a good Fish Fry. Buck & Honey's Friday special is a precious one for sure and something worth prospecting. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and can hardly wait to go panning on the banks of the Yahara again.
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