Fish Type: Walleye Price: $16.00
Overall, I would recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: Brothers Three doesnít care what you think, and thatís the way I like it. They just do what they do, make what they make, and do it day in and day out. They could remodel, but they donít. They could advertise, but you wonít see that either. This dude simply is who he is like it or not.
Iíve always had a thing for B3, whether it be the funky gas-station awning that overhangs almost the entire parking lot, or ex-con-looking bartender with a supposed heart of gold. Itís one of the most unique places in Madison, and most importantly they take their Fish Fry seriously.
Iíve had the Broís cod and it alright. Iíve had his perch and itís a bit better. Now Iíve had his walleye, and while it didnít blow me away it did serve notice that these fellas know what they are doing. The fillet comes in at $16.00 and is pan-fried with a multitude of colorful seasonings. While the pan part of the equation isnít mentioned anywhere on the menu I have no doubt that a skillet was involved instead of a vat of boiling oil. Wally is lavishly seasoned to the point where he has an orange hue with little specs of pepper, dill, and lord knows what else. While the fillet wasnít husky (it almost looked like it had been pounded flat) it was still large albeit plank-like. While the pressure added to the pan caused it to lose some of its flaky nature it was still delectable but impossible to handle. This is a fork fillet if ever there was one.
Skin-on, straight-cut freezer fries serve as the side and are really well fried. While the tubers appear to share their bath with the other deep fried fish (as they had a subtle fishy essence) it didnít bug me, but Iím sure some would find it a huge turnoff.
Borthers Three Achillesí heel has always been their tartar which was a dill-laden disaster. At some point a change was made and the sauce of today is thick and zesty with the perfect mayo:relish ratio. My prayers have clearly been heard which is going to make it much easier to justify subsequent visits. The old tartar really was that bad.
Prior to the fish some soft rolls hit the table. These baps were seriously good and while they looked like grandmaís basic buns they were alluring and almost seemed to have notes of cinnamon. I thought maybe it was cinnamon butter, but the packets were just standard issue so Iím not sure where that came from, maybe just in my head, but wherever it was I took notice.
Iím not sure Iíve ever been so happy to see a place make a change to their Fish Fry as I am that Brothers Three has new tartar sauce. That stuff was literally a deal breaker and now that I know its history I can hardly wait to come back and try their lake perch with a sauce that does it justice. Overall, we recommend the walleye at Brothers Three and put it somewhere between the cod and perch in the B3 hierarchy.
614 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Madison, WI 53704