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Fish Type: Cod (AYCE)     Price: $11.00

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: The Wild Bull Sports Bar and Grill lives in Greenway Station, recently taking over the space once occupied by Boston’s Pizza. I never made it to BP, but I assume much of the original decor remains, and while it seemed sterile it also appeared to be pretty nice. We arrived on a sunny September Friday and rather than sit inside the banal edifice we decided to take a spot on the porch and surround ourselves with the wonders of nature (and the parking lot).

Our waitress found our table a minute or two after we sat down and immediately sped off to get us a round of ice water. When she came back with the agua, she took our fish orders and again sped off, leaving us to enjoy the late summer air. The guys from work and I talked about our upcoming office move and about 15 minutes later our food arrived.

The All You Can Eat cod at Wild Bull costs $11 and was actually better than I expected. The first plate had three small pieces which were surprisingly flaky and clearly hand battered. There was some grease present which was likely due to it sitting for a bit since it wasn’t scalding when it arrived. The fish was punctuated with a flaky batter that apparently had some Blue Moon in it. The skunky suds added an odd twinge to the batter and even though some other spices were present in it, the golden brown glaze didn’t do it for me. The second round was more of the same, and while I had no problem polishing off the two additional pieces, it was more a function of my hunger than their delectability.

All You Can Eat often means fish only, but The Bull takes Fish Fry by the horns and includes fries in their offering. While they were just the standard crinkle-cut numbers, they were absolutely adequate and I appreciated the ability to cleanse my palate with them, especially on round two when they are normally long gone.

Like the fish, the tarter had an odd twinge that detracted from its overall appeal. While it was thick and creamy, it had some red pepper in addition to the relish, and presumably something else that added to its off-taste.

Rounding out the meal was a huge pile of house-made slaw which was not slightly off. Rather than fine, bite-sized chunks, it was composed of long shreds which were tough to get on the fork, and maintained quite a bit of raw cabbage flavor. The semi-creamy goo was below average and probably half of the enormous pile remained when all was said and done.

Helping to knock this Fish Fry out of contention was the fact that The Bull doesn’t pony-up with any sort of bread. If a slice of white or a dinner roll would have accompanied the meal they may have pushed their way into barely recommendable territory, but without it they were a few sticks shy of a load.p>

You know, when all is said and done, this Fish Fry wasn’t actually all that bad. There were some positives: it’s AYCE, it’s reasonably priced, and the service was good. But then again, there were some negatives too: no bread, the Blue Moon beer batter, and the bland décor of franchise-y kinda place. Overall, we can’t recommend this Fish Fry, but while I personally wouldn’t make another special trip for it, if you happened to find yourself at The Wild Bull on a Friday you could likely do worse.
8420 Market Street
Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 203-8420