Fish Type: Bluegill Price: $11.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Some people love the hustle and bustle of a busy Friday night Fish Fry...others don't. For those of you that don't: DO NOT GO TO TOBY'S ON A FRIDAY NIGHT! YOU WILL NOT BE HAPPY! Instead, you could just go to Toby's for lunch on Friday and get the same great fish without having to fight the crowds (like I do). You do have options...
Don't get me wrong, I'm a hustle and bustle kind of guy, but when I'm out with a child the friendly confines of a dimly lit Toby's after 4pm on a Friday are nowhere near as appealing. I can't imagine standing around the bar with a little one...so I don't. I get my bluegill fix at lunch time and when I realized it had been almost a year since I'd done so I remedied that situation. The lunch potion came with seven fillets this Friday and the school was all huddled up on the south side of the basket. Each was lightly breaded such that the skin still showed through on the underside (how it should be). They were perfectly fried without and hint of grease and the most subtle, yet alluring fishy flavor. Bluegill is all about the essence and this stuff has serious swagger. It's some of the best in the game to be sure.
Toby's is known for their hash browns with cheese and onion, and while an edge on my disc got a little overdone it didn't detract from the the overall excellence. Those dark spots were easily trimmed away and the resultant gooey goodness got gobbled up. Toby's tartar is also a show stopper and the sweet, thick, zippy, peppy, tangy, tartar slipped and slid all over the surface of the sunfish making it something more...something out-of-this-world.
A little crescent roll was a pleasant surprise as it stood in for the usual slab of French bread. Toby's isn't afraid to change the small things up which suits me just fine as the French can get a little stale (no pun intended).
Toby's house slaw also waffles from sugary sweet, to strictly creamy, but is always finely-chopped and plentiful. Today was a strictly creamy day, and it was a little less alluring but still perfectly palatable.
I'll reiterate, if you don't like crowds DO NOT GO TO TOBY'S ON FRIDAY NIGHT. If however you like to have a drink or two, shoot the breeze, and kick off your weekend in style swing by the supper club, I'm sue they'd be happy to see you. Overall, we highly recommend this Fish Fry whether in the daytime or the night. The fish is just too damn good not to.
3717 S Dutch Mill Road
Madison, WI 53718