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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $7.25

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

Fish Score: Good
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Fair

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Comment: Nothing helps cure a St. Patty’s day hangover like a big old plate of fried fish. I should know. Even a couple pieces of greasy goodness can go a long way to easing the unpleasantness. Thankfully for us, St. Patty’s 2011 fell on a Thursday, making a follow-up Fish Fry on Friday a reality.

We rolled into O’Grady’s near noon, still emanating vapors from our previous evenings excursions. We were seated in a dimly lit corner which served as a welcome escape from the cloudless sky outside. On Friday nights O’Grady’s does a full-fledged AYCE Fish Fry, but the lunch offering is limited to their more economical 2-piece fish ‘n’ chips, leaving us no choice.

It took a while to get our grub thanks to our less than expedient waiter, but everything was nice and hot when it arrived. I started with the fish which instantly put my stomach at ease. The cod played host to a standard beer batter which was good, but not great. The creamy coating was semi-thick, and housed a moderate amount of grease. The grease was soothing on this day, and didn’t overpower the fish itself which was also basic, but acceptable.

Making the mildly greasy cod go down easy was O’Grady’s homemade tartar sauce. While a bit of dill was visible in the thick sauce, its taste was negligible. Any remaining tartar that wasn’t used on the two average sized pieces of cod was eagerly scooped up by the straight-cut, skin-on, French fries. While they weren’t cut in-house and were slightly under-fried, they got the job done.

As per usual with “fish ‘n’ chips” dinners, no bread accompanied the meal which is to be expected, but is no less disappointing. Some homemade slaw did make the grade, and treated my tummy fine, but would have benefited from some added zing. I could take it or leave it, but in this case I took it due to the fact that the amount of fish and fries weren’t exactly gigantic and my gut needed all it could get.

Overall, this was a fine “Fish Fry,” but I’m not sure I’ll be back to O’Grady’s for lunch on a Friday. While their AYCE dinner is really a good deal, and won us over previously, the fish ‘n’ chips lunch just didn’t quite do it. Everything was basically just acceptable, and while it did improve my condition, it was more a case of the greasiness, and not the deliciousness.
7436 Mineral Point Road
Madison, WI 53717

(608) 833-4262