Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $11.00
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
French Fry Score: Excellent
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Excellent
Comment: The bluegill at Toby’s Supper Club is a work of art. If and when it’s available I get it. In fact, the last five times I’ve been to the fabled club that’s been my fish of choice. It’s almost a sin to pass it up, but this time around I forced myself to do it. It was incredibly difficult, but I somehow managed to get the words “lake perch” out before my brain could tell my mouth otherwise.
2007 was the last time I actually had lake perch at Toby’s, and of course, the bluegill is mostly to blame. Toby’s perch is no slouch either, but next the sunfish it just doesn’t quite stack up even though it’s better than almost every other fish out there. I put my order in after having a couple beers, and the bartender brought my basket out about 5 minutes later (Toby’s kitchen runs like clockwork on Fridays).
While I truly love the bluegill, the lake perch this Friday was nothing less than amazing. The six fat fillets were moist and juicy, and slid down like butter. Each was perfectly fried, and coated with Toby’s light breading which features just the right amount of spice to let the flavor of the fish shine through. It was a succulent dish, and while I still like the bluegill a little better the perch definitely gave it a run for its money.
Every other part of this Fish Fry upheld Toby’s superlative standard as well. From the thick-cut steak fries, to the creamy tartar and the homemade coleslaw, each element was superb. A small slice of French bread finished off the basket adequately, and when all was said and done a personal cup of Schoep’s ice cream sealed the deal.
While the fries were frugally portioned, they were expertly fried and totally delicious. Toby’s tartar is also amazing, and arguably the best you will find anywhere. It pairs perfectly with the perch, and really pushes it over the top. The homemade sauce also has a great zip, much like the finely-chopped slaw which is sweet and savory, and good until the last bite. The small piece of French bread was tucked in under the tartar and was less impressive than the rest of the items, but at least it was there.
While the bluegill still rules the roost at Toby’s, the lake perch is a definite contender for the throne. The perch was incredibly delicious, and will certainly make me think twice before defaulting to the bluegill from here on out. Overall, I highly recommend the lake perch at Toby’s, and if for some reason the bluegill isn’t available I won’t hesitate to order it again.
3717 S Dutch Mill Road
Madison, WI 53718