Fish Type: Cod Price: $15.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: When Buck & Honey's opened in Sun Prairie in 2010 it ushered in a new era. Prior to the turn of the decade SP was essentially a Fish Fry wasteland. Beyond Herreman's Supper Club there was basically no reason to take the 15 minutes drive east on a Friday. Sure, there were a couple spots serving fish, but nothing you'd want to try more than once. Buck & Honey's changed all that, and their new location in Monona is primed to do the same thing for that area.
The new B&H is right on the Yahara on the ground floor of a fancy new high rise condo development. Only open a short time, they seemingly have already hit their stride and are drawing a crowd rivaling that of the original location. We showed up at 4:30 this Friday and people were already pouring in - some for dinner and some just for a drink at their super cool birch bar (look it up). There are numerous fish specials on the Friday menu, but the only traditional version is the $15 3-piece cod. Some of the others are indeed fried, but go beyond the ordinary - think sweet chili drizzled lake perch and such. Needless to say, I stuck to tradition.
The traditional cod was everything it was cracked up to be too. The three pieces were very hearty, coming in at a good 3-4 oz each. Despite their mass, and their beer batter, the loins remain light and don't make you feel like you gorged on a pound of fish afterwards. Light and flaky is the name of this game, both in fish and batter. It's clearly the utmost quality cod and balanced through and through.
B&H does house-cut fries, but the de facto side with the fish is the cheesy hash browns. These spud squares are conservatively portioned, but what is there is extremely satisfying. They're not overly gooey, but rich in their own way, and while I think you can sub the fries I'd stick with the standard spud if I were you.
A thick and lovely tartar must have been made in-house, as it almost had a marbled appearance. It's wasn't over-mixed, but was a good one and the perfect accompaniment for the fish. Staying with the cream theme was a massive scoop of slaw. This smooth operator did its job and stuck around until the end. A soft, split-top roll was a step above grandma's dinner roll but a small step at that.
The original Buck & Honey's put Sun Prairie on the Fish Fry map, and while Monona is already there to some extent (thanks to places like the Silver Eagle) the new location might just bump the 'burb into a new classification. The aesthetic is outstanding, from the aforementioned birches behind the bar to the patio along the Yahara; they did this one right. The Fish Fry is also done right, and certainly one we'll be back for soon. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry and think the place is as sweet as, well, honey...
800 W Broadway Suite 300
Monona, WI 53713