Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $14.25
Overall, I would highly recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Excellent|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Excellent
Bread Score: Good
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: I'm on Facebook and I'm on Twitter, but in all honesty my favorite social media platform (and that of most millennials apparently) is currently Instagram. It's easy to get hooked on and it's interesting to follow other food blogger type people. One such person I follow (and who follows me back) is the Chicago BBQ King (@chibbqking). This guy is a bit like me - he hits up divey places like roadside hamburger stands and neighborhood taverns - places that are known to have good (but not necessarily picturesque) food. He also travels to Wisconsin with some regularity and appreciates our state's culture of beer, cheese, brats, bars, Fish Frys, camaraderie and the like. He's actually reached out to me a couple times and asked where he should go get fish when he's in town. He always wants freshwater fish so I usually recommend the best I know - the Villa Tap, Dexter's Pub, or Toby's Supper Club. Sometimes he takes my advice, but the last time he went off-script and wound up at Brothers Three. After seeing the pictures he posted I knew I needed to go back ASAP since things looked improved since the last time I visited the old gas station.
First and foremost, Brothers Three looks like a dump on the outside, and I think that scares a lot of people off. Take my word for it, don't be scared; once you get inside it's a classic Wisconsin tavern and has a rather impressive menu (including what I've heard is the best Prime Rib in town on Saturday nights). The Friday Fish Fry list is also extensive and while it has plenty to choose from and I stuck with the $14.25 6-piece perch this week. This plate of perch was pretty much immaculate and exactly what I was hoping for after seeing the King's photo. They've upped the seasoning quotient in their light and crumbly breading over the years and it really takes things to a whole nother level. The fish is also the real deal yellow perch which is sweet and smooth, and becoming harder and harder to find these days, especially for under $15 a plate.
The fries were about as basic as fries can get and whereas the amount of fish was one heavy compared to most places, the portion of spuds was slightly conservative. A whopper of a tartar comes two cups strong and is reminiscent of the finest supper club sauces out there. It's thick and clingy, with a tremendous tartness the plays of the succulent perch just right.
Sharing a basket with said sauce are a couple basic dinner rolls that just do the job, but pair admirably with the 4 oz. cup of standard creamy and soupy slaw.
While social media can certainly be dumping ground for all sorts of half-baked opinions and ridiculous memes it can also be a place of enlightenment and information sharing. I obviously much prefer those later aspects and have to say I've found many of my favorite places thanks to things others have liked and shared (and I'm not just talking about Fish Fry joints either). Overall, we highly recommend the lake perch Fish Fry at Brothers Three and think that opinion is worth sharing... And we hope you like that we did it... Now take a picture of your food and tell the world about it!
614 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Madison, WI 53704