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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $10.00

Overall, I would barely recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: If you’re a fan of campus area bars (and who isn’t?) you’ve gotta love the Echo Tap. The Echo’s been doing it right for years and despite a recent change in ownership has kept chugging right along. The modern day Echo is as good as ever as is their Friday Fish Fry.

The Fry of yore was a fish-n-chips affair and just not all that appealing. Today’s special actually is special and goes for a scant ten beans. On our recent visit the cod was well fried…to say the least. While some would say it was overdone it didn’t taste burned and wasn’t chewy except for a couple bites near the edges. The batter had a good flavor but wasn’t anything that would really blow your mind. Still, it was far better than anticipated based on our previous visits.

As a college bar you wouldn’t expect house-cut fries or anything like that and the Echo’s spuds certainly weren’t. They were just the typical skin-on, food distribution style, but they still did the job. If nothing else, the fat buggers kept the little man happy and that makes them recommendable in our book.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! The Echo has new tartar and we’re singing its praises. It’s no longer a crazy dilly mess, and has morphed into a thick and creamy mayo-relish mix. It’s so much better than it used to be and actually overrode the darkened cod to the point where it was almost unnoticeable. That god for genuine tartar!

Some homemade slaw with plenty of parsley and other goodies came in a big old cup and while not zippy, was certainly enjoyable. The whole shebang was finished off with grandma’s dinner roll which was a welcome sight since it was never even a thing back in the fish-n-chips days.

While this Fish Fry was far from perfect I have to give it the thumbs up due to the marked improvement over days past. Overall, we recommend this Fish Fry and will come back again one of these days hopping for fish that doesn’t spend quite as many minutes in the tub.
554 W. Main Street
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 256-6928