Fish Type: Cod Price: $14.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Excellent
Miscellaneous Score: Fair
Comment: Going out for Friday Fish Fry is fun, no doubt about it. And sometimes it can be funny too. Take out maiden voyage to the Nomad World Pub for example.
We pulled into the Pub around 4:30 because we have a five year old, and that's just how we roll. Surprisingly, the place was dead. I mean, it was us the bartender and one other dude. D-E-A-D. Buuuuuut it's only 4:30, you say, shouldn't it be dead? Well, yes, and no...you see, the NWP's happy hour specials are LIT (yes, I'm young and cool enough to say LIT). We're talking $1 drinks from 4:00-4:19, $2 from 4:20-4:39, and $3 from 4:40-4:59...It's a hard hour, but by god, those prices are amazing and I'd expect people to be coming out of the woodwork to get a jump on the weekend that way. As it stands they didn't even have wait staff on site so we took a moment to enjoy a drink and finally ordered around 5:00...and that's where things got funny...well, kind of sad-funny, but funny nonetheless.
Our waiter came on for his shift, and judging by his lack of waiter skills it might well have been his first shift anywhere...ever... I could tell things were going to be interesting from the moment I asked if their $14 perch was real lake perch or not. He had no clue, and said he'd ask, but rather than risk any miscommunication I just went for the fried cod...and I did specify FRIED since baked was also an option, although he had no idea about it and judging from the look on his face didn't even know you could bake fish.
Another table came in sometime between 4:30 and 5:00 and ordered food as well, so ours was likely the second ticket of the night, but it took a surprisingly long time to fry. I feared our waiter dropped the proverbial ball, but it must have been on the kitchen side since the fish was still nice and hot when he delivered it. To my surprise it was actually really good too. It features an ultra-crisp, firm batter with some Red Hot or something in it. I can honestly say I've never tasted anything quite like it, and while the cod underneath was lost to it and didn't seem to be of the highest quality regardless. Overall, it passed the taste test and then some.
Some shoestring fries were basically a McDonald's clone and were every bit as salty and engaging as the original. A ramekin of homemade remoulade sat in for a traditional tartar and was easily a step above. It was thick and smooth with some serious pep. Well done, soccer bar. Well done.
A twin ramekin of slaw shared the look, but overflowed with a divine house slaw. It was thick and fresh and crunchy and had we wanting more. A full slice of marble rye was abundant but a bit on the stale side to be sure.
When all was said and done we hailed down our waiter and let him know we were good to go. He was like: "cool" and just walked away, seemingly going to get the bill. Time passed and he never came back. I excused my family and told them I'd just meet them at home (since we'd driven separately). They left and eventually he came back around, only to tell me he needed to find his manager. I then saw him walk throughout the entire establishment. Up the stairs, then back down the stairs. Into the basement and out again. Eventually he found me waiting at the bar near the point of sale. He mumbled something...pulled up a number of the screen...then pointed to it and said: "your total is this." Literally... Not the actual bill of $61 and change, but "your total is this" (points to number on screen). It was all I could do to avoid bursting out laughing. I handed the young scholar my card and just let it happen. He ran it. I grabbed my leftovers. Went on my way and giggled to myself the whole way home.
Despite the waiters innocent ineptitude we really enjoyed this Fish Fry. The food was good, the use of ramekins instead or throw-away cups was thoughtful, and the place was unique enough that it stood out without being outlandish. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and think campus remains just as interesting as ever. All silliness aside.
408 W Gorham Street
Madison, WI 53703