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
Comment: If youre a fan of campus area bars (and who isnt?) youve gotta love the Echo Tap. The Echos 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. Todays 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 didnt taste burned and wasnt chewy except for a couple bites near the edges. The batter had a good flavor but wasnt anything that would really blow your mind. Still, it was far better than anticipated based on our previous visits.
As a college bar you wouldnt expect house-cut fries or anything like that and the Echos spuds certainly werent. 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 were singing its praises. Its no longer a crazy dilly mess, and has morphed into a thick and creamy mayo-relish mix. Its 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 grandmas 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 doesnt spend quite as many minutes in the tub.
554 W. Main Street
Madison, WI 53703