Fish Type: Catfish Price: $13.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Prior to the shutdown I was really starting to appreciate Sweet Home Wisconsin. Despite its small space it was always readily accessible, even on the First Friday of Lent.
As Wisconinites do, we started with curds (which were half price at happy hour) on this visit and they were legit - some of the best in the city if I'm being honest. From there we moved to dinner, which for me, was their $14 catfish Fish Fry. This preparation is basically to die for, and from experience I knew to add an additional piece for $4. This Cajun seasoning on this catfish is nothing less than superb, and while the fillets are too delicate to handle I still found happiness with a fork. Catfish can get mushy and bland, but not at Sweet Home; this fish remained firm (at least as firm as bottom-feeder meat can), and that Cajun seasoning really drove it home. Like I say, it was superb stuff, but in all honesty...
...the hash balls stole the show. These cheesy balls of shredded spuds are deep fried to a golden brown and basically bites of pure ecstasy. They starred like few have starred before them, even overshadowing the house-cut fries which are superb in the own right. The tartar also tried its hand at centerstage, but was a bit bold on the lemon. Thankfully, the fish was also good enough to eat without it, and while the consistency was there, the juice was just a bit much.
A side of crunchy rye soaked up some oil from the fish but was still easy to eat and partnered well with the HUGE cup of house-made slaw. Like virtually everything else at SHW, this slaw is a people pleaser based on the reactions around the table.
A worldwide pandemic has a way of ruining everything and many places couldn't weather the storm that came due to the shutdown and dining restrictions. As a small place I feared Sweet Home might meet such a fate, but fortunately it seems they made it out alive, and I'm really excited to see if things are still trending upward for the small Regent Street restaurant.
910 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53715