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Fish Type: Cod     Price: $12.00

Overall, I would not recommend this Fish Fry.

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

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Comment: These are the kind of reviews I don’t like to write. This one in particular is tough because I like so many things about jacs Dining and Tap House. I like the bar itself, I like the beer selection, I like the service, I like, no, I love the frites, and I like the most of their other food too. I just don’t like the Fish Fry all that much, but unfortunately, that’s what this review is all about.

One of the main problems with Friday Fish at jacs is the portion size. For $12.00 you only get a couple small pieces of cod, two wee potato pancakes, an average amount of coleslaw, some tartar, and a cup of apple sauce. There isn’t any bread either which makes the meal seem incomplete.

On the bright side, the fish came alarmingly fast since we were there so early in the evening. It literally only took three minutes after we ordered for it to arrive at our table and, as you might expect, it was nice and hot. The two pieces of fish were light and flaky, but probably only totaled 6 ounces or so. The cod was home to an airy, flavorful beer batter that didn’t overwhelm the fragile fish, but did allow the tiniest bit of grease to seep through.

The only choice with the Fish Fry is between frites and potato pancakes and for some reason I couldn’t resist the cakes. While I really love the frites, and would have liked to have both, the potato pancakes were a good choice. The duo was on the small side but featured a pleasant taste that was improved by the side of apple sauce.

Cups of slaw and tartar rounded out the plate, and were both made in-house. The tartar was unique with a mildly creamy texture and subtle spunk while the slaw was similar with a sharp flavor, but not much pop.

While I don’t like writing reviews like this I feel it’s necessary to be as honest as possible. The food at jacs is very good in general, but the Fish Fry just has a few too many flaws for my tastes. Overall, I don’t recommend this Fish Fry regardless of how much I’d like to.
2611 Monroe Street
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 441-5444