Fish Type: Lake Perch Price: $7.00
Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.
|Fish Score: Good|
Potato Score: Good
Tartar Score: Good
Bread Score: Poor
Miscellaneous Score: Good
Comment: When UW homecoming weekend rolls around I like to take any opportunity I can to get downtown and check out the action. I consider Friday Fish Fry to be just such an opportunity and since there are a fair amount of options around campus I rounded up Gabe and we headed down there to see what we could find. What we found was a convenient spot in Lukcy’s parking lot and a $7 lunch Fish Fry special.
For your seven bucks you get either lake perch or cod, with crinkle cut fries, and a side of tartar. No slaw, no bread. Between the two of us we got one order of perch and one cod and waited for our server to bring it around. About 20 minutes or so later we had hot plates of fish at our disposal.
The 3 good sized perch fillets were a little firm, but tasted good. They enjoyed a light batter, although it could have been flakier. The same batter adorned the as cod which was also good, but much greasier than its counterpart. Overall they were both tasty, although the cod apparently “didn’t sit well” with the Gabester. He also mentioned it was spotty, with one piece being very good and one not so much. In contrast, my perch was very consistent from piece to piece.
However, my portion of crinkle fries were a mixed bag, much like the cod. Some were super hot while others were lukewarm. They were fine overall but certainly nothing special. The tartar was also so-so anda little heavy on the dill. This dilly sauce didn’t really improve the taste of the perch.
I actually remembered the Fish Fry at Lucky’s being a little better than this. The fish, fries and tartar were all passable, but the lack of coleslaw and bread is really a killer since they are basically staples in any good Fry. Overall I think this Fish Fry is recommendable, but just barely due to the fact it is missing some key components.
1421 Regent Street
Madison, WI 53711